MYRTLE -- Yester-Daze will be held in downtown Myrtle Sept 29.
The theme for this year's festival is "Piecing Together the Past."
The day will start with a flag raising ceremony at the Myrtle Community Center.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the Myrtle Volunteer Fire Department.
According to festival organizer Sharon Wrenfrow many activities are planned throughout the day.
Morning activities include horseshoe pitching, washer pitching, a photo contest and a quilt show.
Wrenfrow said some of the new events this year includes a best mustache and beard contest, best old fashioned costume and a butter churning contest. Children's competitions will include a nail hammering, a sunflower spitting contest and a pig catching contest. There will also be train rides throughout the day for children.
"An important part of the day will be the parade," Wrenfrow said.
Parade lineup will be at 9 a.m. on the west end of town. The parade will start at 10 a.m.
"Our judges will be looking at how parade entries include the theme in their entry. There will be seven categories judged this year," she said. They will include: floats and religious floats, bands, miscellaneous, antique cars, classic cars, horse, and horse and buggy.
Wrenfrow said after lunch, starting at 1 p.m., there will be a babyback rib eating contest.
The community service and poster contest winners as well as all other contest winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m.
"Community participation is what makes the day. We encourage families, churches and organizations to participate in the parade. Come out and visit with friends and neighbors. We will have tents set up for shade," she said.
For more information call Wrenfrow at 417-938-4343 or Kim Hollis at 417-264-3150.
Thayer Fall Festival
THAYER -- The Thayer Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Fall Festival Sept. 29, in downtown Thayer starting at 5 p.m.
According to Chamber Secretary Faith Holt the festival will feature food, games and live entertainment.
"The crowning of Mr. and Miss Fall Festival, sponsored by the Cresite Club will be at 8 p.m.," Holt said.
All venders are welcome to reserve a booth. Holt said the booth fee for non-school groups is $10 and $5 for school clubs and organizations.
Booths can be reserved by calling the chamber office at 417-264-7324. When the booth reservation is made the chamber needs to know if electricity will be needed, Holt said.
A new feature to the festival this year will be the K-Kountry 95, Chamber of Commerce sponsored talent show. It is being called "Fall Festival Idol." To enter the contest call the chamber office. The first place winner will receive $100, second place $50, and the third place winner will receive $25.