Morenci Town & Country Festival 2011.05.25

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s annual Town and Country Festival will soon be here, with events scheduled from Thursday, June 23 through Sunday, June 26.

This year’s event will be marked by lots of music, starting off on the first night with three singers and one band. Jeff Elarton, Shay Pickens and Terrance Reeves will each take a turn on the stage Thursday, followed by Second Wind band.

Carnival rides also begin June 23, along with the first night of Bingo.

On June 24, the Randall Sisters will perform before the annual Battle of the Bands begins. Local band Mouth Sewn Shut will take the stage that night.

The top two winners of the battle will perform June 25, followed by the Titus County Band and rapper Cody “HiZe” Long.

Other festival events include a queen’s contest, a dog show, a car show, two canoe races on the Bean and a rodeo. Softball, volleyball, horseshoes, corn hole, arm wrestling and poker run are also on the agenda, plus other events.

The parade, fireworks and a beer tent make their return to the festival.

Watch for additional details in future issues of the Observer.

  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.grieders
    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
  • Front.sidewalk
    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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