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Mayfest time in downtown Dearing

The second annual Dearing Mayfest will be Saturday, May 6 at the Old Dearing Elementary School. Last year's festival was a huge success, and organizer Judy Hobbs said this year is looking even better.

"I'm looking forward to it, the committees worked really hard this year. Everybody has been really great," she said.

This year's festival features over 100 crafts and food vendors, 10 children's rides and pony rides. Raffled items include a handmade quilt featuring churches in the county that are over 100 years old, an afghan, and a wooden swing donated by the Farm Bureau. Last year's cookbook is still available for those who missed out, and a new 18-month calendar featuring scenes from the community will be available for $5. T-shirts will also be sold.

All proceeds from the festival will go towards renovations on the old elementary school gymnasium.

The fun begins with a parade, beginning at the Bill Eubank Park and ending at RESA, from 9 until 9:30 a.m. Following will be the opening ceremony from 9:30 until 10. A program by Gymnastics Gold will be in the gym from 10 until 11 a.m.

Local entertainers will fill the air with music all day. Featured entertainers are:

10-10:30 a.m. - C.G. Morris and Southern Bluegrass; 10:30-11 a.m. - Tammy Sutton and Meghan; 11-11:30 a.m. - The Bethesda D.O.G.S.; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Harlem UMC Praise Team; 12:30-1 p.m. - Dearing Elementary School Choir; 1-2 p.m. - Mt. Tabor Baptist Singers; 2-3 p.m. - Southern Song Masters; and 3-4 p.m. - Jeremy Graham and 100 Proof.

Grill masters will fire up for Miss Allene's Burger Battle at noon, and the winner will be announced at 1 p.m.

Mayor Sean Kelley said the Town of Dearing requests that all visitors park at the Eubank Company, which is the old Culpepper Lumber Company, across the street from the festival. Shuttles will be available all day to carry people to the festival from the parking area.

Mrs. Hobbs wishes to thank the different individuals who worked on the festival.

"Without them, we wouldn't have gotten anything done," she said.

Committee members are: Chairman - Judy Hobbs, beauty pageant and entertainment -Liz Humphreys, hamburger cook-off - Rev. Todd Upchurch and Jim Slaughter, parade -Gladys Rogers, sponsors - Beverly Welch, calendar - Leona Axon, trash, traffic and parking - Alan Axon, security - Sean Kelley, electrical -Nick Davis, wheel chair ramps - Glenn Neal, advertising and vendors - Johnette Bell, history display - Richard Adams and Mary Wells, printing - Kelley Business Printers, treasurer - Genie Walton.

Web posted on Thursday, May 4, 2006

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