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Duck Race Game

With Herington Vintage Days officially in the books, it’s time to look forward to Burdick’s Labor Day Festival and Hope’s annual Heritage Festival! Three fun events three weekends in a row!

The organizers of Burdick’s event have put together quite a line up, kicking it off on Sunday with a community church service Sunday morning and a performance by the Peterson Farm Bros at 7:30pm Sunday evening. Monday, their schedule is packed full of fun things for all ages. I’ll be there with the Chamber’s fun Duck Race game; built by my talented husband Dave with supplies sponsored by Atmos Energy, Clark Lumber, and G&R Auto Parts. There will also be a 5k Run/Walk, a parade, a Pedal Power contest, entertainment, vendors, and LOTS of food including the ever popular funnel cakes! Burdick always puts together a fun day, so come on out.

The lineup for the Hope Heritage Festival is packed full again this year. Brian Haden is organizing the Car Show again and I understand they have beautiful pieces of machinery coming for far and wide. Chardy Bayes with Studio 81 Photography is organizing the Pin Up Contest again this year and she’s announced that the show “Street Rodding American Style” will be at the event this year with the show’s host, Patricia, participating!

turtleThe Chamber will be hosting the Turtle Races at Hope’s event again this year with qualifying heats at 10am and 11am and the final race at 12noon! The fastest turtle will win $50 in Local Bucks. Participants can check in after 9am with clean, undecorated turtles. There will be non-toxic paint available for decorating your racers.turtles

The Hope Heritage Festival will also feature a parade, kids’ rides, carriage rides, a cake walk, pedal pull, hog roast, and the CMA Recording Artist Jake Gill will be the evenings featured entertainment at 7pm with the ever popular 12 Years Coming performing from 9pm – midnight.

Hope to see everyone at both events.

Keep Calm Logo  with spaceI’ve said it again and again: my friends who told me that I would get bored living in a rural area just didn’t know what they were talking about. Every time you turn around in the Tri-County Area, there are just a plethora of choices of fun or interesting things to do.

This Saturday the VFW is hosting a breakfast where you can get VA help from a VA Services specialist and the Burdick Bunch Relay for Life team is hosting a “Tee off for the Cure” fundraising tournament. A local knitting and crochet group meets every Tuesday in the Herington Library and on August 14, the Herington Library is hosting a Great Gardening seminar where you can learn about soil conservation and organic gardening.

Both the Herington Senior Center and the Hilltop Community Center have a full and varied schedule of interesting activities – be sure and check out the tabletop calendars around town for a full list.

Bingo is available two days a week at the American Legion and the VFW, the American Legion is doing a Shrimp Boil out at the lake, and for the youth, the Herington Youth Group has two activities planned in the next few weeks.

If Festivals are your thing, we’re on the cusp of FOUR different festivals in the next eight weeks: Herington Vintage Days on August 21-23, Burdick’s Labor Day Celebration on August 31 & September 1, Hope’s Heritage Festival & Car Show on September 6, and Lincolnville’s Octoberfest on October 4.

So much fun! Be sure and check out the tabletop calendars or the Chamber’s on-line community calendar for all the details.

Please remember that the Chamber office will be staffed by volunteers from August 8 – 15, so new UPS packages will only be processed between 12noon and 1pm. You can drop off prelabeled packages any time between 9am and 4pm, but if you need to pay for a label it can only be done between 12noon and 1pm.