Deadlines coming up for Tobacco Festival events
by OJ Stapleton Editor
The first event of the 57th Annual Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival takes place this week with the Queen’s Pageant taking place on Thursday, but there is still time to enter for many of the festival’s other fun events.
The Queen’s Pageant was traditionally held during the Tobacco Festival week, but it was moved up last year to make accommodate any students that may have plans that include travelling over fall break.
Last year was the first time the pageant was moved up and it was a success.
“We only had six sign up for the pageant two years ago and weren’t able to have it,” said Lisa Browning, the Logan County Chamber of Commerce executive director. “By having it this week, it gets the pageant done before all the fall breaks start. So that works out a lot better, doing it a week ahead of time.”
Events that are still open for registration include:
• Jesse James 5K Run & Walk – Preregistration by September 27
• Road Rally – Thursday, October 3, or until all spots are filled
• Little Mister & Miss Pageant – Friday, September 27
• Golf Scramble – Thursday, October 3, 4 p.m.
• Craft & Flea Market booths – Will accept until all spots are filled
• Non-profit & Business Advertising booths – will accept until all spots are filled
• Senior Stroll – Friday, October 4
• Karaoke Contest - Thursday, October 10, unless all categories fill earlier
• Festival Parade – Thursday, October 10
• Color Splash Dash – Preregistration by September 27
• Ride of Champions Bicycle Ride – Preregistration by September 27
Browning said that the spots for the food vendors sold out quickly in early August and that there are only a few spots left for the flea market and crafts area.
“There’s not a whole lot left there, so if anyone is still wanting to get their spot, they better get it soon,” Browning said.
In all there are approximately 35 events, over 90 sponsors, hundreds of volunteers, thousands of attendees and participants for the festival each year.
This year there are several new events, including Main Street Russellville’s Poker Run, the Color Splash Dash 1-Mile Fun Run & Walk, the Senior Center’s Womanless Beauty Pageant and carriage rides that start after the parade and picks up passengers on 5th Street at the old Fire Department.
The Color Splash Dash is a popular event in other communities, but this is the first one of its kind in Logan County.
“We wanted to try it and make it really family friendly,” Browning said.
The event is just $15 for adults and $5 for children.
There are a few other minor changes to the festival. The Little Mister & Miss Pageant starts at 10 a.m., instead of 1 p.m., the road rally leaves from the Chamber office, instead of the city/county park, Thunder on the Square Cruise-In has extended hours, instead of starting at 1 p.m., it starts at 10 a.m. and cemetery tours start at 6 p.m., instead of 5:15 p.m.
Once again this year, there will be no carnival rides. Last year was the first time in recent years they were excluded from the festival, but Browning said there was not much feedback from people that missed them.
There will once again be inflatable bouncers set up in the parking lot behind BB&T.
“Parents liked the bouncies because it gave them a place to take their kids after the parade and it was a lot less expensive than the carnival rides,” Browning said.
And while there are no carnival rides this year, that doesn’t mean they won’t return in the future.
“But we will have to find the right place and the right carnival ride company,” Browning said. “The most important thing is the safety for our kids and community. When we find all that stuff and it’s right, we’ll bring the rides back.”
Applications for any of these events can be picked-up at the Chamber office on the Park Square, Russellville or online at www.loganchamber.com. A full calendar of events may also be viewed online or in the special section of today’s News-Democrat & Leader.
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