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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    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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