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60th Annual FC Homecoming set for May 22-23

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Last year's Fulton County Homecoming had its share of rain, but that didn't stop the smiles or the fun of the weekend activities. This year's 60th annual event is set for May 22-23 in Salem. Most activities happen around the court square.
Plans are being finalized for the 60th Annual Fulton County Homecoming Festival set for May 22-23 in Salem. This popular two-day event includes everything from a street dance, craft booths, to a terrapin race.

Plenty of food will be available beginning on Friday with the annual fish fry at the Salem Senior Center from 5-7 p.m. No Buns BBQ will also be set-up on the court square from 5-7 p.m.

An ACA Rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. at the Fulton County Fairgrounds Arena.

The Mesa Mitchell Band will keep dancers moving at the street dance from 8:15-11 p.m. The street dance is held on the court square by the gazebo.

Events begin early on Saturday morning with the 5K race registration from 7-8 a.m. The 5K Bank of Salem Mark Thomas Memorial Apple Pie Race begins at 8:30 a.m. Runners and walkers are invited to participate in the race which begins and ends on the court square. There is 10 age divisions for both men and women for runners and a walking division. The first 20 persons to finish the race will receive a homemade apple pie baked by the Fulton County Extension Homemakers.

Craft and food vendors will begin their set-up at 7 a.m. and be available throughout the day.

Festival registration gets underway at 8:30 a.m. at the Courthouse. Everyone attending is encouraged to register their name and city, whether local or from another state.

The horseshoes start to fly at 9:30 a.m. during the adult horseshoe pitching behind Merlina's.

A popular event that draws hundreds of kids each year is the Squirt Race. Registration for the race begins at 9:15 a.m. with the race set to take off at 10 a.m. The race is for children age 10 and under. Trophies are awarded in three divisions, boys and girls 4 to 7 and 8 to 10, plus the stroller division.

Also beginning at 10 a.m. is the antique car, truck and tractor show. This event is held at NAEC south parking lot, just off the court square.

At 10:30 a.m., several events get underway including a performance by the Salem Sweethearts Dance Group at the stage on the south court square; youth horseshoe pitching begins behind Merlina's; and trophies are awarded for the 5K and Squirt races.

Those wanting to enter the Terrapin Downs can bring their turtle and begin registering at 10:30 a.m. The popular "fast-paced" excitement of this race begins at 11:30 a.m.

Festival-goers will have a chance to bid on homemade pies after the 4-H apple pie judging. The auction will take place at the gazebo at noon.

Lineup for the main parade is set for 12:45 p.m. at Preacher Roe Park. Antique cars will lineup at 12:45 p.m. at the Jeff Burch Custom Butchering location.

Children who would like to be a part of the Kiddie Parade should be at Orr's Lumber at 1 p.m. Their part of the parade begins at 1:30 p.m. followed by the main parade at 2 p.m.

Everyone is invited back to the Fulton County Fairgrounds Arena at 3 p.m. for the second night of the ACA Rodeo.

At 7:30 p.m. the Ozark Mountain Music Makers will hold their weekly musical at the Music Barn on Highway 62/412. Everyone is invited to attend to listen to the music or join in as local talent performs traditional country and gospel music.

HeyWire will end the festivities as they provide the music for the street dance beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Several Salem High School classes will be holding reunions on Saturday including: The Class of 1949, 5 p.m., Hickinbotham-Miller Building at the fairgrounds; The Class of 1959 will meet around 5:30 p.m. at the Hickinbotham-Miller Building to celebrate their 50th year reunion; and the Salem High School Class of 1969 will meet at Old Main beginning at 9 a.m.; The Class of 1958 will meet at the Salem Senior Center at 2:30 p.m.; and the 1989 Salem High School Class will celebrate their 20th reunion at the Salem Elementary Cafeteria beginning at 1 p.m.

The Byron School Reunion will be held May 23 at 11 a.m. at the Byron Community Building.

Viola's 56th Homecoming Alumni will get together Friday, May 22 at the Viola School Cafeteria. Registration will begin at 4 p.m. with dinner at 4:30 p.m. followed by a program at 6 p.m.

Alumni of all of these classes are urged to attend and bring your family for visiting and reminiscing during the Memorial Day weekend celebrations.

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