October 31, 2007 Edition

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BR Foothills Celebration starts Friday

Gretchen Hunt

The Black Rock Foothills Celebration will kick off Friday evening and continue through Saturday with something for the entire family, according to Mayor Bud McLaughlin.

Activities will begin Friday at 5 p.m. with a ham and bean supper at the senior citizens building. Following the supper there will be a gong show.

The lawnmower race will be a new event at the festival this year. Mike Gray is organizing the race, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the old Black Rock ballpark. The race is for ages 15 and up, and a powder puff race will be held for females. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners.

Saturday's events will begin with the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, which begins at 5:30 a.m. Mr. and Mrs. Foothills 2007-2008 will be presented around 9:30 a.m.

A tractor pull will begin at noon. J.R. Rogers and the All Star Band, Common Ground, Bottom of the Barrel Boys and the New Life Full Gospel band will perform throughout the day. The Gateway Cloggers and Studio Dance will also perform.

The Mr. and Miss Foothills pageant will also be held on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Black Rock School cafeteria.

The Black Rock Historical Society museum will be open during the event beginning Friday night, and a car show will be held.

"We encourage everyone to come out, bring their lawn chairs and spend the day with us," McLaughlin said. "It's going to be a good time."

Booth space is also available with setup at 3 p.m. on Friday or 8 a.m. on Saturday. The festival is not charging for booths unless electricity is required.

For more information, contact city hall or McLaughlin, Carolyn Hester, Carolyn Willett, Mike and Kim Gray, Bobby Joe Pickney, Rev. Jerry Pentecost or Vesta Smith.

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