Family Fun Day planned 08.18.2010

Written by David Green.

A once-a-year festival just isn’t enough for some members of the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce, so an events committee got together and developed a mini-festival for August.

The first Classic Family Fun Day is scheduled Friday downtown.

The word “classic” refers to the original idea for the event—a classic car show. That’s where it started, but that turned out to be only the beginning.

The Adrian Street Cruisers will bring their classic autos and trucks to town for a show in the city parking lot behind the library from noon to 4 p.m.

Kids are invited to join in by bringing their decorated bicycles downtown for a judging contest. Trophies will be distributed at 2:30 p.m.

A motorcycle show is planned from 2 to 6 p.m. along Main Street, and live music will get underway at 4 p.m. A stage will be erected in front of the library for more than three hours of music provided by Mouth Sown Shut, Static Ego and Dead Inside. The groups will perform for tips only.

Vendors are expected to set up shop along the Main Street sidewalks starting at noon. Representatives from Avon, Tupperware, Tastefully Simple and Mary Kay will offer their goods, along with the sale of jewelry and items made in Kenya. Proceeds from the jewelry booth will support an orphanage in Kenya.

Any local crafters are invited to set up a booth for a $5 charge. Contact Sheila Thompson at 517/458-6309 for information.

A bake sale is also scheduled.

Other special events include a dunk tank sponsored by the fire department, the Balloon Man, Tarot Card Reading by Jean and a corn hole tournament.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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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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