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Weekend loaded with festival fun

By: Geralyn Wichers

Posted: 08/9/2018 12:00 PM

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No matter what corner of the Southeast you hail from, there is a party for you this weekend.

Kleefeld hosts the Honey Festival this weekend. Friday night is movie night, starting with kids’ movie Ferdinand at 8 p.m., and grown-ups’ movie Murder on the Orient Express at 10 p.m.

Saturday morning, pancakes will be flipping from 7-9 a.m. The first ever Kleefeld Honey Run 5K starts at 7:30 a.m., so if runners finish quick, they can still chow down on breakfast.

The chili cook-off starts at 8 a.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m. A host of other events kick off at 1 p.m., like the silent auction, kids’ carnival and bouncers.

In the evening, enjoy live music by Jerry Sereda, Bold As Lions and Jordan St. Cyr.

Make a new friend

Landmark it is Friendship Festival time, which begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday with Redneck Night at Keating Mechanical and Landmark Christian Fellowship. This means wheelbarrow races, redneck horseshoes and bicycle decorating for kids. If they can get enough riding lawnmowers together, there will be races. At 7:30 p.m. there’s a hotdog roast and music by country music artist Ed Wayne.

Saturday starts with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at Archie Plett Memorial Park, followed by a parade at 10:30 a.m. At 1 p.m. the playland opens, featuring laser tag, bouncers and a foam party.

Landmark’s edition of Folklorama starts at 1:30 p.m. with cultural presentations. Escape artist Dean Gunnarson performs at 4 p.m. After a barbeque dinner at 5:30 p.m., Darryl Marsch will provide the tunes for dancing.

Sunday morning, following coffee and muffins at 9:30 a.m., the churches of Landmark will host worship in the park at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome.

Tropical getaway

In Sprague, weekend plans include tropical fun with Sprague Fest on Saturday. 7-9 a.m. is the firemens’ pancake breakfast with proceeds to benefit the local fire department.

The tropical themed parade begins at 10:30 a.m., a basketball tournament starts at 9:30 a.m. The beer gardens open at noon, and live music starts at 2:30 p.m.

Bouncers and face painting start at 11 a.m. and go to 4 p.m. At 8:00 p.m., the beach party starts. Break out the ugliest Hawaiian shirt you can for the ugly Hawaiian shirt contest, and then dance away the evening.

Are you hysteric yet?

It’s Carrick Days in Carrick, Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and the parade starts at noon. Horseshoe hotshots can take a whack at winning the Carrick Trophy Cup.

There will be entertainment for all, all day, including a kids’ playground and bouncers, a silent auction, concessions, and bands. Supper is at 4:30. Fireworks will light up Carrick at 10 p.m.

Sunday, enjoy breakfast for seven bucks from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a beanbag competition.

Let it ride

The Richer Rough Stock Rodeo brings the hoop and holler, starting early on Friday. All kids are welcome to join the 4-H "Horsin’ Around" with crafts, games and horsemanship. Beer gardens and the RRR trading post open at noon.

Gates open for Bullnanza at 6 p.m. and the bulls kick off the show at 7 p.m. The Park Rodeo Social is at 9 p.m.

Saturday starts with pancakes at 8 a.m. and a parade at 11. Beer gardens and the busking stage open at noon. Things get going in earnest with opening ceremonies at 1:30 p.m., followed by the opening of the petting zoo, family fun zone, mechanical bull, and of course, the rodeo.

Jason Kirkness plays the main stage at 8 p.m.

Sunday morning, folks can take in the Cowboy Church service with Pastor Ben Funk.

Gymkhana starts at 9:30 a.m., and the rodeo starts at 2 p.m. with various entertainment in intermissions.

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