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Country Days three weeks away

With only three weeks to go and counting Country Days is coming together.

Along with the annual festival always comes work to improve the popular events, and add new attractions every year. Three popular draws in recent years will be back again – hopefully bigger and better than before.

One change for the upcoming Country Days will be the sponsorship for the talent contest. For the past several years Sam Scism Ford has sponsored the Sam Scism Star Chase Talent Show held each year during the festival. This year the contest will go by the name of J-98-Auffenburg All-Star Talent Show.

Ursula Kthiri, chamber director, says the talent show will again allow 30 contestants the opportunity to vie for the top adult and youth singer. Applications for the contest are available as of today at the Chamber of Commerce office on Washington Street. The first 15 adults and 15 youth will be given an option of songs to sing from a pre-determined list.

Again this year the Dave Black Band will provide the music for the contestants. Qualifying will happen on June 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Long Park.

The finals of the competition will take place on June 4 at 1:30 p.m. in the gazebo at Long Park. The winners, one adult and one youth, will win a cash prize and perform at the free Bellamy Brothers concert later that evening.

And if singing isn’t your thing, how about grabbing the group from around the water fountain at work and competing in the “Corporate Games”.

Now in its third year, the corporate games pits teams of coworkers against other groups in competition geared toward the office staff. This year’s games will be sponsored by Med-Life Apparel.

The games will take place June 3 from noon to 3 p.m. downtown. Teams of four employees will compete in a series of four events against other teams for the title and ownership of the Country Days Corporate Cup.

Events this year will include Office Chair Obstacle Course, Rolling Relay Race, Create and Cruise, and Minefield.

Each company can register only one team. The field will be limited to 12 teams, and signed up on a first come, first serve basis.

Med-Life Apparel, Scrubs, Warm Ups, & Lab Coats in located inside The Factory.

What … you say you’re not feeling that physical these days? Then consider entering the Country Days Windows and Lobbies Decorating Contest. This one pushes businesses to deck out their facade in Country Days glory – this year’s theme being “Hometown Hoedown”.

The rules are as follows:

1. Displays will be judged using a 1 (low) through 10 (high) point system.

2. All entries must be registered at the Chamber of Commerce office no later than May 25, 2005 (call 756-3615 or fax the

form to 756-1003).

3. Judging will take place between May 31 and June 2, 2005. Decorating must be completed no later than 8:00 am on

May 31.

4. Entries will be judged using the following criteria (10 points each/60 points total possible):

A. Adherence to theme “Hometown Hoedown”

B. Creativity

C. Neatness

D. Best use of space

E. Staff/Business Effort

F. Use of hand-made materials

5. Entries will be judged in two categories: Windows and Lobbies. Please specify category when registering.

6. Awards will be presented to winning entrants) in each category.

Winners of the contest will be announced during Country Days, with the winning entries winning a prize and having their displays shown in the Farmington Press.

Kthiri says there’s much more coming together for Country Days. Event buttons are now available at the chamber office, and t-shirts should be available by Monday. Advance ride tickets should also be available for purchase at the office by Monday.

The chamber office number is 756-3615.

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