Bob Wurst to headline Bull Thistle Fest 08.04.2010

Written by David Green.

People generally think of Fayette’s Royal Bull Thistle Festival as starting at 11 a.m. Saturday with the parade through town. True, that’s when things really get going, but back up a few hours.

The weekend starts with the United Methodist Church ice cream social from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Fayette Opera House. Guests are welcome to purchase ice cream or go with a full dinner, followed by dessert.

Next on the agenda is the Fayette American Legion pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday.

Runners might want to hold off on the pancakes until after the Athletic Boosters’ 5K run/walk that starts at 8 a.m. on the track on Eagle Street, across from the library.

Race day registration costs $20 and $10 for those six and under. Proceeds go to a fund for the construction of athletic facilities at the school.

Arts and crafts vendors will begin setting up in Normal Grove park at 9 a.m. Several new crafters will participate this year. In addition, members of the Black Swamp Artists Guild will have a variety of works displayed for sale. Several members will give demonstrations.

The annual chicken barbecue follows the parade, and several other food options will be available in the park, from Thistle Burgers to milk shakes.

Popular Northwest Ohio performer Bob Wurst will sing on the stage at 1 and 3 p.m. Wurst is a solo act now, but he still delivers the same country music standards that he’s performed for decades.

Just before the classic rock band Signature takes the stage at 2 p.m., a Bull Thistle Look-Alike contest is planned in front of the stage. Audience applause will determine the winner of $50.

When Wurst begins his first song, John Marlatt will lead a team of judges to determine the best bull thistles entered in the annual competition. Prizes include the Golden Hoe and the Frank Wilson Memorial Trophy.

Softball and three-on-three basketball tournaments are scheduled throughout the day, and children will have some fun in a variety of giant inflatable toys.

Down the hill from the park, the annual classic car show will be set up on the track. The day will end with a fireworks show by Phantom Fireworks at Harrison Lake State Park.

For one final event, a community church service is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the Grove.

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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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    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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    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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