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119th English Reunion Fest next week


May 21, 2008
The 119th English Reunion Festival, May 28 through June 1, will feature games, food, entertainment and contests for all ages.

The annual event will begin on Wednesday with a new event, a dog show. Pets must be on a leash. For more information, contact Vicki Cox at 338-3610. Also on Wednesday, the Little Miss and Mister Festival contest will he held.

Thursday evening activities will include a baby contest, pie eating contest and karaoke. The festival queen will be crowned in ceremonies on Friday evening, with a greased pig contest to follow. Also, Crimson Dust Band will provide entertainment.

The festival will kick into high gear on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. The Country Charm Band will perform at various times until 2 p.m. on the main stage.

Line-up for the festival parade will begin at 11 a.m. at English Elementary School and proceed to the downtown festival area beginning at noon. Featured in the parade will be the "Mini Mystics" by the Shriners.

The Veterans Bean Dinner and Roll Call will begin shortly after the parade. Following will be a volleyball tournament, horseshoe pitching, a garden tractor pull and a farm pull. The popular horse pull will begin at 5 p.m. Marion Mitchell and friends, Emmett Wiseman, The Pathfinders, Dusty Roads Band and Southern Addiction Band will provide entertainment throughout the day.

Carriage rides will be available on Friday and Saturday.

On Sunday beginning at 2 p.m., there will be a truck pull in the downtown area.

Carnival rides and games will be available nightly by Fiesta Rides. Plenty of food also will be available each night.

The English Reunion began as a gathering of Civil War soldiers and has continued and grown into its current-day tradition.

For more information, call the English Town Hall at 338-2654. Vendors may reserve a space by calling the town hall or festival chair Kenny Sturgeon at 1-812-267-7435.

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