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Around Town with Janet Douglas

Hometown Hoedown comes hustling into town June 3

Yahoo. Get out your down home gear and get ready for Hometown Hoedown. Don’t forget your official Hoedown pin or you might end up in the pen compliments of Country Days Sheriff David Braun. The big celebration opens on Thursday, June 2 with the J98/Auffenberg Talent Show at 7 p.m. in Long Park, and continues through Sunday, June 4 with a whole barnyard full of fun and activities. Official colors this year are barn red, corn yellow, and grass green. The amusement ride tickets are now available at the Chamber office (302 N. Washington) at $5 for six tickets, or get them on site at $5 for five.

Friday, hustle down to the Krekeler Parking lot just off East Columbia to cheer on your favorite team during the Corporate Games Challenge. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. with teams from various businesses competing in a variety of zany challenges. That night, it’s back to Long Park at 7 p.m. to dance with the Bob Cuban Brass.

Greg Redfield and Doug Smith are the two hombres that are lining up the humongous McDonald’s Country Days Parade this year. The parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday morning and will follow the traditional route down Columbia Street to Henry, over to Liberty and then disband at A Street. Prizes will be awarded for floats, walking and motorized units. Come downtown early to stake out your viewing spot, and spend some time browsing through the shops. Enjoy the special treat of beignets (a New Orlean’s style doughnut) and coffee made fresh at the French Quarter Restaurant that will be available at 9 that morning.

Lots to like all day SaturdayŠ including the Little Miss & Master Contest sponsored by the Farmington Women of Today at 5 p.m. at Long Park Gazebo.

Long Park will also be the place to be Saturday night when The Bellamy Brothers, David and Howard, take the stage for the big, free Country Days concert starting at 8:30. It just doesn’t get any better than this.

20 years of Country Days Parades. Were you among those who enjoyed the first Country Days Parade held back in 1985? Linda Kollmeyer was the organizer for the parade and had more than 50 entries, including the Pony Express Riders and four bands. After that, the parade became one of the big features of the annual celebration. Look what you started, Linda.

Flowers galore. The hanging baskets are again in place in downtown Farmington thanks to Dix Greenhouse, members of the Farmington Fire Department and DDA Design chair, Joe Ruebel. To keep the plants looking good all summer, three more volunteers are needed for the watering crew. Each volunteer waters the plants one day a week, which takes a little over an hour. To help keep downtown beautiful, call the DDA office at 756-0821. Can’t give one hour a week? Sign up to be a substitute.

Congratulations to Susan Morton, owner of Data Dash, Inc. The company has been certified as a participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Program, a program created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy. Data Dash was started 14 years ago by Morton, and is now in its sixth year in Farmington.

Visitors to tour downtown. Several members of the Old Town Cape Association are in Farmington today (Thursday) to take a walking tour of downtown and visit some of the restored historic buildings. Members of the Downtown Development Association Board of Directors are touring with the group and having lunch at 12 West Bar & Grill. The visit was arranged by DDA past-president, Jim Dismuke.

Make a splashŠThe Farmington Water park opens this Saturday, May 28 in time for the big Memorial Day weekend. The park is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Cool off as long as you like at a cool $4 per youth and $5.75 for adults, or call Evelyn at 756-0900 for group discounts. Check it out at HYPERLINK “”

Berry picking. John and Kerry Mayfield have purchased the Liberty Berry Farm on Highway 00. Kerry is managing the blueberry and blackberry farm and working hard to produce a bumper yield on the 40 acre tract. Watch for the results at the Farmer’s Market where the berries will be sold, or drive to the Libertyville farm to pick them yourself.

On Stage. Enjoy an evening of entertainment in the air-conditioned Long Hall as the On Stage Players present “Over the River and Through the Woods” Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 9, 10, and 11. The funny, but poignant plot revolves around the efforts of two sets of Italian grandparents who try to convince their grandson not to move to a distant state. It’s all about family, faith and food. The cast consists of Brad Radford as Nicolas, the grandson, Arline Jones as Caitlin, the fiancé of choice, and grand parents are Norman Thomas as Frank, Janet Douglas as Aida, Mary Giles as Emma and Gary Jones as Nunzeo. The play is directed by Doctor G. Richard Reney; David Powers is Production Manager, Dale Jones is master carpenter, and Rusty Dougherty is lighting design. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at The Factory or at the door.

Mike and Sarah Haas celebrated their 5th anniversary earlier this month, by vacationing in Cancun. Sarah is the PR director at Mineral Area College.

“Laissez bontemps roulez.” Larry and Linda Cooper did “let the good times roll” during their recent vacation in Lafayette, La. where they joined with friends from various parts of the country for the Festival International. The festival consists of bands from around the world that perform, and of course, native Cajun Country entertainment. The Coopers even got in the swing of the “fa-do-do dance.” While not dancing, Linda scouted the area and brought back a lot of excellent merchandise for her antique store on S. Jackson Street.

Batter up. The Farmington Firebirds baseball team holds its inaugural home opener on Sunday, June 12 at Wilson-Rozier field. Baseball fans will see some great playing when the Firebirds take the field, similar to the old Farmington Blues team. Gather up the family and enjoy hometown baseball at its best.

The 5th Annual Craig Schnurbusch Memorial Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament is being played this Friday, May 27 at Eagle Lake Golf Club. The four-person teams will receive attendance prizes and a steak supper, but all prize money is donated to the scholarship fund.

A facelift in the works. The former Dicus Drug Store building on East Liberty Street, owned by Jim and Nancy Dismuke is in the process of having a “facelift.” Work has begun on redoing the front of the historic commercial building. The awning has been removed and restoration work is in progress.

Well, it wasn’t the old “Noodle Soup Scoop” paper that Jon Cozean used to produce as a kid, but his writing is still getting attention. An article he wrote about H. A. Roberson of Bethany, Missouri, a fellow funeral director, appeared in the May edition of Yellow Book News. Roberson is part of the soon to be five generations who have operated the family funeral home in Bethany.

ABC Flower Garden. Sharon Caxle of St. Peters will talk about the joy of “Flying in the Wind: and Jill Wolk will share her friendship garden at the next Christian Women’s Club meeting. The group holds a breakfast meeting beginning at 9:15 a.m. at Rosener’s Restaurant on Highway 67. Call Mary Jo at 756-4301 or Helen at 756-5220 to make reservations for brunch. Childcare is also available.

This Memorial weekend is a perfect time to take a local wine tour through the scenic Coffman area. While touring the wineries, don’t miss a visit to the historic St. Vincent’s in-the-Vineyard all faith chapel at the Chaumette Winery and stop by Tiger Ridge to admire the five Bengal tigers that reside there. Where ever you go, and whatever you doŠ.do it with great care, and drive carefully.

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