Waldron festival is this weekend 8.27

Written by David Green.

A Battle of the Bands contest is one of the headline events at the 45th annual Waldron Labor Day Celebration this weekend.

The battle is planned downtown from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. There is no admission charge and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. The winning band will perform Monday immediately following the parade.

Saturday

The tri-state mini tractor pulls and stock 4x4 truck pulls begin at noon under the water tower. Antique tractor and car shows, a flea market and food vendors are also scheduled at that location.

Elvis, Buddy Holly and Hank Williams impersonators are scheduled to perform downtown from 5 to 7 p.m. and a Waldron Idol karaoke contest will get underway at 7 p.m. There is no fee to enter the contest and the winner will sing the National Anthem at the parade on Monday.

The Waldron FFA will serve a pork chop supper beginning at 5 p.m. in the Waldron High School cafeteria.

Sunday

A community church service, sponsored by Prattville Church, is scheduled at 10 a.m. in the multi-purpose room at the school. Special music will be provided by Souls Harbor of Adrian. A potluck meal will follow the service at 11:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Those attending the potluck are asked to bring two dishes to share.

The 15th annual tractor show will begin at noon under the water tower. Silver King and Minneapolis-Moline are the featured tractors in this year’s event. Games and contests are planned, and tractors are scheduled to parade through town at 5 p.m. In addition to the tractor events, there will be displays of antique equipment, steam engines, gas engines, and drawings.

A street dance, with music provided by CJ the DJ from Hudson, is scheduled from 8 to 11 p.m.

Monday

Duane Rufenacht is the Grand Marshal of the Labor Day parade set to begin at 10:30 a.m.

A CIW Wrestling show is planned at 1 p.m. downtown. Admission is free and attendees should bring their own lawn chairs.

Kids inflatable games and rides are planned and children can make their own tie dyed t-shirts for $3 each.

The Class of 2009 has planned a chicken barbecue and the Class of 2012 will sell milkshakes and root beer floats. The Waldron Library has planned a book sale and the National Guard unit will set up their rock wall downtown.

A softball marathon, sand volleyball, and a three-on-three tournament are also planned throughout the weekend.

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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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