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Time to gather for 120th annual English Reunion


May 27, 2009
The 120th English Reunion Festival will be June 3 through 6 in the town, with most activities at the intersections of Main and Fifth streets.

The event will begin on Wednesday, June 3, with the Little Miss and Mister contest. A hot dog-eating contest, new this year, will be held that evening.

The next day will feature the baby and toddler contests, as well as a pie-eating contest, open to all ages.

Friday, June 5, will feature the crowning of the festival queen. This year, six girls will vie for the title. They are Chelsea Benham, Brittany Haley, Morgan Kenner, Morgan Reyling, Shawnie Sorensen and Meagen Sturgeon.

A full day of activities for all ages will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, with a volleyball tourney. Entertainment will be on the main stage throughout the day. A mini tractor pull will begin at noon, and a parade will start at English Elementary School at 2 p.m. The annual horse pull will begin with a farm pull at 3:30 followed by the heavyweight pull at 5. The dog show will be at 4 in the main stage area. A car show will be from 3 to 5 p.m.

A veterans bean dinner and roll call will be held following the parade, at 3 p.m., at VFW Post 6160.

Also on Saturday, BMV2U will be on hand from 11 to 5 p.m. BMV2U is a mobile license branch that travels to communities and events. Customers may conduct transactions such as driver's licenses, I.D. cards, titles, registrations and voter registration.

The midway once again will be provided by Fiesta Rides. Nightly bracelet specials will be available for unlimited rides for one price. Food, game and vendor booths will be open throughout the week.

For more information, see the schedule on page 3 or call the English Town Hall at 338-2654.

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    Long ago and far away!!
    May 27, 2009 | 01:51 PM

    I was born and in 1925 at West Fork ,In and in the 1930's when the reunion came around, Alva Myler had a flat bed truck that he hauled ties and Logs on to Louisville for any one cutting timber and during the depression in West Fork there was a lot of timber cutting going on, Anyhow-----Alva for 10cents ahead would take a truck load of us to the reunion which was 15 miles away , around harpin curves and steep hills with nothing but gravity holding you on the flat bed.There never was an accident to my knowledge, but just the idea of getting to go to English was a rare treat and to smell the smells and see the big pieces of fish for fish sandwiches was enough. During the depression every
    one was hungry, I do believe. I could never punish my kids by putting them to bed without supper, for I went hungry too many times.
    I think this ressesion now is good for people, they learn to take care of themselves, and not to whine if they cant do what others do, God has been good to me over the years, but not without hard work on my part and being thrifty!! Old times are not Forgotten, Love Nadine Shoemaker Arnold in Fl

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