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Popcorn Festival to begin Thursday

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Residents will be able to have a poppin' good time this weekend as the ninth Popcorn Festival of Clay County ensues.

Festivities are scheduled to begin Thursday and continue through Sunday. In addition, there will be several activities for patrons to take part in.

A special item will be on display Saturday, Oct. 1, during the festivities.

Officials with the Popcorn Festival of Clay County Committee recently received confirmation that a beam from the World Trade Center site would be on display beginning at 10 a.m.

Committee President Evelyn Brown told The Brazil Times the beam -- a traveling piece for exhibition -- will be on display for the public near the Forest Park Pool.

Events are scheduled to begin Thursday with the Luehr's Ideal Rides Carnival opening at 5 p.m. All rides the first day of the festival will cost $1. The carnival will close at 10 p.m., Thursday.

Carnival rides will be available from 5-10 p.m., Friday, and from noon-11 p.m., Saturday. They will also be available from noon-5 p.m., Sunday.

A Country Rhodes all-you-can-eat dinner will take place from 4:30-7 p.m., Thursday, in the Forest Park Pavilion. Cost is $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for children 12-under. The menu will consist of fish, chicken strips, shrimp and side dishes.

All proceeds from the dinner will go to benefit the Clay Community Skatepark.

Friday's events will conclude with the Redenbacher's Poppin' Rockin' Dance Review at the pavilion. The event will feature Moore's Dance Studio (5:15 p.m.), Tumble Express Gymnastics (6 p.m.), Toni's Tumbling and Dance Studio (6:45 p.m.), and Cindy's Dance Studio (7:30 p.m.).

The annual Orville Redenbacher Look-A-Like contest is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m., in the pavilion.

Events will start at 8 a.m., Saturday, with the Redenbacher 5K Run, which will begin at the YMCA of Clay County, 225 E. Kruzan St., Brazil.

Farmer Ron's Amazing Field Trip -- for children -- is scheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday. Children taking part will be involved in a coloring contest (with cash prizes) and more. Children entering the coloring contest are asked to bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to the Senior Citizen's Group of Clay County.

The Best Popcorn Recipe contest will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three placings.

The Scarecrow contest will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the top three finishers.

Radio Disney will be at the festival again this year featuring interactive events, prizes and giveaways. The event is scheduled for 1-3 p.m.

The second Firefighter Water Ball competition will begin at 2 p.m.

Children will also have the opportunity to take part in the 138th Quartermaster Mini Boot Camp from 2-4 p.m.

The annual fireworks show will close Saturday festivities at 10 p.m.

Back again this year, the Living Statue, Mark Abatti, will hover around Forest Park Sunday, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Following the final performance of Cornstock Music Fest, the annual $250 drawing will take place at the band shell.

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I noticed the carnival pulling into Forest Park Sunday. If we ever need rain in the future, just hire a carnival! I'm pretty sure our two biggest summer rains were the two days that carnivals came to town this year.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Mon, Sep 26, 2011, at 7:26 AM

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