Preparations are well underway for the fifteenth annual Myrtle Yester-Daze celebration on Saturday, Sept. 29. The festival, popular for having a different theme every year, has chosen "Pickin' and Grinnin' at Myrtle Yester-Daze," as its theme, this year.
Sharon Wrenfrow, the coordinator of the celebration, is looking forward to another great turnout. "We began this event 15 years ago for two reason -- to provide a community event for Myrtle, and to help the Fire Department as a fundraiser, because they do not charge residents a fee," said Wrenfrow.
The celebration started out small, but has turned into a big deal. Many people see it as a homecoming opportunity and others, who aren't from the Myrtle area, have grown to love the event as well. People from Memphis, Tennessee, Beebe, Arkansas and northern Missouri travel to Myrtle to enjoy the small town festivities. Wrenfrow said she sends out approximately 100 schedule of events to people from all over.
The day will begin at 7:00 a.m. with a Flag Raising ceremony, and a pancake breakfast will be available through 9:00 a.m. Activities include an amateur photo contest and canning contest. Entries for those contests must be submitted between 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Throughout the morning, there will be games for children to 16 years of age, washer pitching with youth and adult categories, a quilt show and horseshoe pitching. The parade line up begins at 9:00 a.m., and the parade itself will be at 10:00 a.m. Floats are judged based on the use of the Myrtle Yester-Daze theme.
After the parade, people can join in on the wood cutting events, or just sit back and enjoy watching others. New to Myrtle Yester-Daze this year are the Myrtle Hee Haw Girls and Spittin' and Grinnin' kds event.
In the afternoon, parade, poster contest and raffle winners will be announced. There will be a BBQ rib eating contest for adults and youth, and a pedal tractor pulling contest. Throughout the day, the crowd can enjoy live music, a demonstration of spinning wheel, tatting and train rides for the kids. T-Shirts and hats displaying the theme will also be for sale.
In addition to the fun and games, craft booths will also be set up. Craft booths are still available. If you would like a booth space, you must call and reserve a space. Cost of rental space is $10.00. Contact Sharon Wrenfrow at (417) 938-4343 to reserve your space, or for more information about the Myrtle Yester-Daze celebration.