Morenci's Town and Country Festival starts June 28

Written by David Green.

There will be music on the stage every night of this year’s Morenci Town and Country Festival, plus a lot more to fill in the time during the three-day run at Wakefield Park.

Committee member Dale Long is hoping this year’s date—June 28-30—might lead to a larger crowd since it won’t conflict with the Thresher’s Reunion in Wauseon. That event is scheduled one week earlier this year.

Morenci’s annual festival will open Thursday, June 28, with carnival rides—including three new attractions this year—a queen’s contest and a performance by the State Line Jazz Band. Check at city hall for queen’s contest entry forms.

The band Sour Slam will play Friday night as the men’s softball tournament gets underway. A corn-hole tournament is also on the schedule.

Sour Slam played last summer at Fayette’s Music Fest, Long said. After he watched them perform, he invited the group to play at Morenci’s festival.

As always, Saturday is the day with the most action. The parade will travel down Main Street beginning at 11 a.m., followed by the car show and poker run.

A pedal tractor pull for both children and adults is scheduled Saturday afternoon, and dodge ball is planned on the tennis courts. Saturday is also the day for the rodeo, the fireworks and three musical performances.

Genevieve Randall will sing and Rob Rosebrook’s Mojo Doyle Band will perform. After the fireworks, HiZe will bring his rap act to the stage.

A community church service is planned at the park at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Arts and crafts booths, merchant booths and Bingo are scheduled throughout the festival.

Check future editions of the Observer for a full schedule of events.

“We want to fill the park,” Long said.

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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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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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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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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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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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    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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    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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