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'Stars and Stripes Forever' at Marengo

June 30, 2010
The annual Crawford County Fourth of July Festival in downtown Marengo will kick off Friday with a couple of pageants and conclude Sunday night with a bang, literally.

The Senior Ms. Fourth of July Pageant, for women age 50 or older, will be at 6:30 p.m. Following it, girls ages 10 to 12 will get their opportunity on the stage, as they will compete for the title of Junior Ms. Fourth of July.

From 8 to 10 Friday night, aspiring singers will be able to test their voices, courtesy of James Wetzel's Country Tyme Karaoke.

Early arrivals on Friday can get their fill of food and fun before the pageants, as vendors — including those selling pulled pork, barbecue nachos, lemon shake-ups, fish and more — and kids' inflatables will open at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, the vendors and inflatables will open at noon. Then, at 1 p.m., the Eastridge Family will open the day-long lineup of music. Following them will be Alyssa Ransdell at 2:30, Sara Wilson at 3, Toney and Karen McCutcheon at 3:30, Danny Jones at 4, Zoran Parker at 4:30, Defying Ezra, a Christian rock band making its first appearance at the festival, from 5 to 7:30 and the Linda Smith Band from 8 to 11 p.m.

Sunday's fun will begin at noon, when the vendors and inflatables open.

Also at noon, registration will open at the Marengo Town Hall for the inaugural partners cornhole tournament, which will begin at 1 p.m.

Entertainment that day will include music by the Crawford County Community Band at 4 and the country and rock band No X-cuses, another first-time festival performer, from 8 to 11. In addition, a Medieval Magic Show by Tom and Katie Crecelius will be from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

The annual parade, with a theme of "Stars and Stripes Forever," will be at 6 p.m. Parade entrants who pre-register by Friday at the town hall should be at Marengo Elementary School by 4:45 p.m. for judging. All others should be at the school for lineup at 5.

Antique vehicles, including cars and tractors, are encouraged to participate in the parade. All entrants must be decorated.

The evening will include a fireworks display presented by Central States Fireworks at 9:30, as No X-cuses takes a break from its performance.

Throughout the weekend, Paul Moon will perform a woodcarving demonstration, and there will be a tent with picnic tables set up for festival-goers wishing to take a break from the sun. Also, on Saturday and Sunday nights, there will be a 50-50 pot drawing.

In addition to the festival events, the Crawford County Historical and Genealogical Society will have its annual "huge yard sale" Friday through Monday, beginning at 8 a.m. each day, at the Proctor House, west of town south of S.R. 64.

For more information regarding any of the festival events, contact Mona Haverstock at the Marengo Town Hall at 365-2158.

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