Kimbolton Homecoming Festival

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Festival committee searching for info on Civil War soldiers from Kimbolton

By Pam Ritchey

Planning continues for the 27th Annual Kimbolton Homecoming Festival, scheduled for the weekend of September 10th and 11th this year.

The Homecoming Committee is requesting help from area residents in locating information on ancestors who lived in or near Kimbolton and served during the Civil War. They also are hoping to find quilts made during the Civil War era and any relics such as clothing, toys; books; and soldiers pictures, uniforms, equipment, and weapons. If you have any of these items or ancestor information, please contact Nancy Ankrum at 439-5262 or njankrum@aol.com as soon as possible.

Kelly Gossett has volunteered to assume control of the well attended Sunday Car Show. Entrants frequently number in the sixties for this popular contest, often filling the entire length of Main Street with classic cars and trucks along with newer showpieces. Thirty trophies and thirty plaques are awarded each year along with door prizes and 50/50 drawings. Oldies but goodies will fill the air while the DJ plays his tunes from noon-4pm. Entry fees are $9.00 per vehicle. Registration runs from 10:30a.m.-1p.m. with judging from 1:30-2:30p.m. Trophies will be awarded at 3p.m. For more information on the Car Show, you can reach Kelly at 740-545-9230 or Dana McPeak at 740-622-8084.

The highly anticipated Garden Tractor Pull will also be held on Sunday this year with Jim Jones as organizer. The Old Steam and Gas Club of Dresden (www.osagcd.com) will be at the helm, running the pull under their rules and regulations. Classes include six categories in the Lawn Stock, Super Stock, Super Stock Twin, and Sports Stock range. Averaging 130 pulls each year, weigh-ins commence at 11:30a.m. with the pulls starting at 1p.m. sharp. Entry fee is $7.00 per hitch with pay-offs ranging from $5.00-$15.00 per class. Sandwiches and soft drinks will be available at the pull with full dinners being served at the Community Center. Door prizes will also be awarded. For more information on the Garden Tractor Pull, call Jim at 740-680-6321.

The Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department is increasing their fundraising efforts this year with the addition of a Flea Market. It will be held at the firehouse during both days of the festival with spaces available for $10 per day. Set up your flea market or yard sale in the firehouse and your weather worries will be over, plus you'll be helping them raise much-needed funds.

The firefighters will also have a Fire Safety Trailer along with their popular Firemen's Challenge and Bounce House. Don't forget the department's Bingo at 6:30 on Saturday!

Kimbolton United Methodist Women will again be selling their scrumptious baked goods in the church basement along with their many crafts on Saturday.

Mouthwatering chicken and baked steak dinners along with homemade desserts will again be available at the Community Center. Food will also be sold outdoors both days.

Scheduled festival entertainment includes the opening Parade, Saturday at 11a.m. (line-up at 10a.m.); Gospel Music by Darla Wheeler on Saturday and Rod Bradford & Friends on Sunday in the Community Center; the Kountry Swingers; a Cornhole Tournament; and Turkey Shoot.

Children's activities include the Kiddie Parade; Pedal Pull; Kids games, including some from the Civil War era; Watermelon Eating Contest for the young and young at heart, plus the fire department's Fire Safety Trailer and Bounce House.

Any business who would like to help sponsor this year's festival by advertising in the annual program booklet or schedule can contact Mari Ann Hooper at home, 740-439-3768 or at Hoop Design, 740-432-7200.

For more information or to sign up for the Parade, call 740-498-5481; Kiddie Parade, 740-432-2764; Pedal Pull, 740-439-1493; Community Center Music, 740-622-8084.

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