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Business owners of the past to appear during fall festival

History will come to life Saturday during the Farmington Downtown Development Association’s annual Fall Festival, featuring &#8221Voices from the Past.“

The celebration of the downtown area’s commercial history will include live interpretation of the past by actors, who will portray original owners of several buildings. All but three of the events are free.

Ozarks Federal Savings and Loan is the corporate sponsor of the all-day celebration, which begins at 8 a.m. Saturday with a Farmer’s Market near the St. Francois County Courthouse. Local growers will sell their produce as well as items for fall decor.

Arts and crafts booths also are scheduled to open at 8 a.m. along Columbia Street. Children’s games begin at 10 a.m.

Throughout the day, many stores will offer sidewalk sales.

The scarecrows hanging from lightposts downtown are entries in the Scarecrow Contest sponsored by KTJJ. Judging takes place today and winners will be announced Saturday during the festival.

Young musicians will perform on the streets throughout the day.

Classic cars will be on display at the Classic Cruise-In 10 a.m. in the parking lot for Missouri Beauty Academy and Wohlschlaeger Auto Body and Repair at 222 E. Columbia Street.

Tickets are required for three afternoon events: The Home and Garden Tour, &#8221Picnic from the Past“ and &#8221Voices of the Past.“ Cost for all three events is $25, or $10 per event. Groups of 12 may purchase tickets for the events at a total cost of $275.

Tickets are available from the Ozarks Federal Savings and Loan, The Factory or the Chamber of Commerce office.

The home and garden tour runs from 2-4 p.m. and features the McCormick House, the White House Bed and Breakfast, David Braun’s home and the home of Joe and Joyce Ruble. The tour includes the lawn of the Dom Santos home, where refreshments will be available in the gazebo.

Step into the past for an old-fashioned &#8221Picnic from the Past“ from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Factory. Plank Road Inn will cater the meal, which includes fried chicken, roast beef, coleslaw, fresh fruit, green beans with new potatoes and corn on the cob. Children younger than five may eat for free.

&#8221Voices of the Past“ is a walking tour of part of the downtown area that includes historical buildings. Actors will portray prominent business citizens from the past as part of the tour’s focus on the area’s commercial history. The event starts at 6 p.m. with tours every 15 minutes, starting near the Post Office. Those who require transportation may begin at the Farmington Public Library.

The festival ends with a free concert by the First Baptist Church choir at 8 p.m. in Long Hall, followed by John Cozean showing the classic W.C. Field’s movie, &#8221It’s A Gift.“ Actors portraying Clarence Tetley, mayor of Farmington from 1921 to 1934, and Jane Bisby, who was instrumental in donating Long Hall to the city, will greet guests.

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