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Country Memories Day hits McVeytown

May 22, 2009
By JOE?CANNON Special to The Sentinel

McVEYTOWN - The streets of McVeytown will come alive this Saturday for the 23rd annual celebration of Country Memories Day.

The day will be filled with activities, displays, demonstrations, craft vendors, street vendors and lots of entertainment

It all gets underway at 6 a.m. with registration at the corner of Queen and Holiday streets and breakfast "on the square."

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The streets of McVeytown come alive each year for the annual Country Memories Day.

At 9:30, the opening ceremony will officially kick off the event on the town square. Debbie Himes will serve as the master of ceremonies. Flag-raising duties will be handled by Boy Scout Troop 105, followed by the National Anthem sung by Taylor Boozel and a prayer offering by Rev. Rick Bender.

From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than 175 booths will feature crafts, food and demonstrations. The McVeytown Museum also will be open until 4 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., entertainment by Dan and Galla will be featured on the main stage, followed by Chris Ruble from 1 to 3:30 p.m..

At 4 p.m., the drawing for the Country Memories Day pottery will take place.

Visitors to Country Memories Day certainly won't be leaving with an empty stomach. A variety of great food will be available throughout the day, including funnel cakes, baked goods, hot dogs, hot sausage, hamburgers, pork dinners, chicken fingers, chicken on a stick, french fries, fried vegetables, vegetable cups, salads, fruit cups, ice cream, cotton candy, old-fashioned potato chips, cashews, cactus taters, blooming onions, fresh-squeezed lemonade and orangeade, cold drinks and coffee.

Displays will include antique and classic automobiles, old farm tools and implements, quilts and Masonic Hall tours by the Mifflin County Historical Society.

Demonstrations will include a jeweler, a broom maker, a blacksmith, potato-chip making, a weaver and a muzzleloader. Visitors also will be able to take an old-fashioned carriage ride during the day.

In addition to the entertainment listed above, DJ Mel Thomas will be playing all the hits from the '50s and '60s all day along Queen Street.

At the Country Memories Day information booth, replicas of many sites in and around McVeytown, including Woodling's Store in 2009, will be for sale. Other replicas available will include Stevenson's Pump, the old McVeytown Firehouse, the Doctor's House, Mansion House School, Rothrock High School, the Old Ice House and Zong's Gulf Station. Selected pottery pieces, including 2009's One-Pint Bean Pot, also will be available.

Country Memories Day organizers are again reminding visitors that the streets of McVeytown will be very crowded during the day and are asking that pets be left at home. In addition, parking will be available at the Rothrock Playground.

All proceeds from Country Memories Day will go to benefit McVeytown community projects.



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