MYRTLE -- Yester-Daze will be held Sept. 27 in downtown Myrtle. This is the 11th year for the festival.
The theme for this year's event will be "Hooked on Myrtle Yester-Daze."
According to one of the event organizers, Sharon Wrenfrow, there will be two new events this year, the canning contest and the casting competition.
Jessica Wrenfrow will oversee the canning contest. "People can bring their best, family favorite or unique home canned item to the festival. All entries must be turned in by 9 a.m. and they can be picked up at 2 p.m. There will be a limit of two items per category," Wrenfrow said.
Canning contest categories include jams, jellies, butters and marmalades, fruits, vegetables, pickles and relish and miscellaneous.
There are several rules in the canning contest. All entries must be canned in the year 2008. All jars should be clean, jars should be full, leaving the right amount of head space. No items sealed with paraffin wax will be accepted. Jars must be sealed with two-piece lids. Each jar must be labeled with the product name and date only. No product will be tasted due to food safety recommendations. Judging will be held between 9 a.m. and noon.
Wrenfrow said products will be judged on the following criteria: color, clarity, integrity of product, proper canning procedure and each category will have rules specific to them.
"Awards will be given for first, second and third in each division, Best of Show, and for the most unique canned item," Wrenfrow said.
A flag raising ceremony will kick-off the day at 7 a.m. and the pancake sausage breakfast prepared by the Myrtle Volunteer Fire Department will be served from 7 to 9 a.m.
A washer pitching contest for youth and adults will be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m.
The casting contest will be from 8 a.m. to noon.
At 8:30 a.m. horseshoe pitching, singles and doubles and A and B class will follow.
The quilt show will start at 9 a.m. There will be several different divisions including, old quilts with their history on their index, hand-stitched quilts, machine quilted quilts and a unique quilt division.
The parade line-up will be at 9 a.m. The horse and rider category will be judged at 9:30 a.m. in the parade line. The parade will start at 10 a.m.
Wood events sign-up will be at 11 a.m. and the old fashioned women's chore relay is set for noon.
A barbecue lunch will be served by the Myrtle Volunteer Fire Department.
The poster contest winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. The poster will be displayed inside the Myrtle Community Center.
The community service award will be announced following the poster winners.
At 1 p.m. there will be a babyback rib eating contest for youth and adults. The pedal tractor pulling contest for children ages three to eight, will follow at 1:30 p.m., as well as the Kids Gone Fishing games for children ages 9 through 16.
Wrenfrow said some of the times of the events may vary according to the number of participants in the events. There will be craft booths available and there will be Yester-Daze T-shirts for sale.
Music will be provided throughout the day. Some of the extras that will be included in the festival activities are demonstrations on a spinning wheel, making wagon train dolls, tatting, a history display and train rides for the kids.
The festival will end at 3 p.m. with a catch a pig contest.
For more information call 417-938-4343 or 417-938-4380.