Families can begin the day at the Logan County Public Library for Children's Hour at 10 a.m. As part of Hometown History Day, children will learn about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. There will be stories about Sacagawea, the Native American woman guide, and Seaman, the Newfoundland dog who made the journey.
A chance to take part in a parade is something that appeals to many children, and they can do just that Saturday morning at the Kiddie Parade.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the parking lot at Main and Third streets. Holly Cash of the Chamber of Commerce said the event usually draws between 50 and 75 children. Many decorate their bikes or wagons according to the that year's Tobacco Festival theme. The theme this year is “The BIG 5-0! A Golden Jubilee.”
The first 75 kids who register will receive a T-shirt. Ribbons are also given to first, second and third-place winners in age-related categories.
The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and will go to the Parks and Recreation Building.
When children and families arrive to that area, they can take part in other fun activities.
Chalk It Up is an annual event in which children are invited to decorate the sidewalks with chalk drawings.
Also in front of the Parks and Rec will be the Kiddie Fun and Games starting at 11:30. There will a castle inflatable, face painting and cotton candy and free treats will be handed out.
“This day is the start of the Tobacco Festival and it's always been an exciting day for the kids,” said Jenn Siebold, assistant recreation director.
Another great activity for families on Saturday is Shaker Farm Day at the Shaker Museum at South Union. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can take a step back to the late 1800s and see what life was like during that time. Admission to the event, which includes the museum, is $7 for adults and $2 for children.
Over 25 living history demonstrations and activities will be featured, including broom making, spinning and weaving, sheep shearing, cow milking, basket weaving and black smithing.
There will also be several hands-on activities for children, including butter making, candle dipping and corn shelling.
Children can also participate in old-fashioned games.
Throughout the day there will be performance by the South Union Shaker Quartet and museum tours. Roy's Pit Bar-B-Q will be selling food and Chaney's Dairy Barn will have homemade ice cream. Other vendors will be on hand as well.
“It's a great day to bring the family,” said Doris Oaks, operations manager for the Shaker Museum.
Also on Saturday, there is the Little Mister & Miss Contest at Russellville High School at 1 p.m. Registration is already over, but the public can come watch and admire.
All these events for children and families, along with many other activities this weekend, should mean a great start to the week-long Tobacco Festival.