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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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    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.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    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.

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