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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