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.

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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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