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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    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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