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Countdown is on for Country Days 2017

The countdown has started for “The Farm Town Get Down” – Country Days 2017 in Farmington.

On Friday the Farmington Regional Chamber of Commerce rolled out the updated website with the theme, event schedule and other information on the week-end long celebration, which is scheduled for June 2-4.

More announcements for Country Days will be held next Thursday, including the introduction of Mr. and Mrs. Country Days. The musical acts featured on the mainstage will also be announced in coming days.

Until then, visitors to the website can see a full schedule of fun ahead for the celebration.

Country Days kicks-off at 7:30 a.m. on June 2 with the KREI Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at the Coldwell Banker Hulsey Gazebo. Merchants’ Day events run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday, with the concession vendors and the Country Days Marketplace opening in the Long Park area at 5 p.m.

Also opening at that time are the rides and amusements, sponsored by Ozarks Federal Savings and Loan along with the Blue Star Saloon beer garden in Long Park and The Hornets’ Nest, sponsored by the St. Joseph Athletic Association.

The J98 Country Days Talent show begins at 6 p.m. on the Long Park Main Stage., with contestant sign-in scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Route 67 accompanies the youth and adult contestants once again. Application and song list for the contest can be found at www.farmingtoncountrydays.net/forms-other-info.

The Main Stage concerts return on Friday and Saturday night. Artists will be announced in coming days. Mainstage sponsors include Chris Auffenberg Chevrolet, Buick, GMC; Centene Corporation, First State Community Bank and Parkland Health Center.

Rounding out the evening is the Little Caesar’s Moonlight Bike Ride. Participants are asked to meet behind Little Caesar’s in the Country Mart parking lot at 9 p.m. The ride begins at 9:30 p.m.

The Mineral Area Heritage Antique Tractor Show is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Ste. Genevieve Avenue between Carleton and Long Streets. A kids’ tractor pull is set for 1 p.m.

Saturday begins with the First State Community Bank sand bank from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and the Diaper Derby and Decorated Diaper Contest from 9 to 10 a.m. Registration for those events begins at 8:30 a.m.

Returning this year is Servpro Country Days Parade at 10 a.m. The marketplace, food vendors, rides and amusements open again at 10 a.m.

The Masonic Children’s Foundation MOChip will be set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Farmington Fire Department.

The Farmington Presbyterian Church is holding the Quilt Show, Tea Room and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, located at Cayce and Columbia Streets in Farmington.

The Classic Car Cruise-In, sponsored by Sam Scism Ford Lincoln and hosted by St. Francois County Rotary Club, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the First State Community Bank parking lot on East Columbia Street.

Sk8 Jam 2017 begins with registration at noon at the Farmington Sk8 Park, followed by competition at 12:30 p.m.

Also taking place on June 3 are the “8 to B Great” at 12:30 p.m. sponsored by KFMO/B104, Long House tours from 1 to 4 p.m., the finals of the J98 Country Days Talent Show from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and the coronation of Little Miss and Master at 3:45 p.m. at the Coldwell Banker Hulsey Gazebo.

The evening ends with the Saturday night Main State Concerts beginning at 4 p.m.

Sunday, June 4 starts with the Farmington Ministerial Alliance Church in the Park from 9 to 10 a.m. The marketplace opens at 10 a.m., followed by the rides and amusements at the Ozarks Federal Savings and Loan Midway at noon. An announcement on the artists for the Faith and Family Concerts will be made at a later day. Concerts will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Farmington Ministerial Alliance is holding faith games at 3 p.m. in the Long Park area. Country Days closes at 5 p.m.

For more information on Country Days, visit www.farmingtoncountrydays.net.

Shawnna Robinson is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3628 or srobinson@farmingtonpressonline.com

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