May 13, 2004

Ella Ewing Arts Festival Offering A Big Day Of Fun

The verdict is still out on which is taller, Ella Ewing or the agenda for Memphis Area Chamber of Commerces first annual arts festival named after the legendary Scotland County giantess.

The Ella Ewing Arts Festival will get underway on Saturday, May 15 with a French toast breakfast at the Memphis Fire Station from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The meal will feature all Missouri made ingredients and will be offered for a free-will donation.

The fine arts portion of the show will begin at 10:00 a.m. Exhibitors from Scotland County R-I will be joined by artists from Knox County, Highland, Clark County and Schuyler County Schools.

Each school can enter up to five pieces of artwork for each grade from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The show will also feature an adult category. Each artist may submit up to 10 entries. The cost is $1 per piece to enter. All entries will be judged with the winning exhibit receiving 50 percent of the entry fees.

If you would like a booth the day of the show there is still space available so contact a MACC member at the information booth to get set up, said organizer Ken McMinn.

A number of booths will be set up on the square offering artwork and other items for sale. Booth space is still available for $10.

The artwork will be judged from 10:00 a.m. to noon by an independent art critique from Indian Hills Community College. First, second and third place will be awarded in each age category with an overall school winner announced.

The students artwork will be on display from noon until 5:00 p.m. around the square. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will display their work in the windows of local merchants on the square. The high school artwork will be placed in a special display on the courthouse lawn.

The Downing House Museum is scheduled to be open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with tours of the Ella Ewing room available.

The Scotland County Rotary Club will insure the lunch crowd is on hand for the show as the famous Rotary barbecue chicken will go on sale at noon.

If that isnt enough to hold you over until dinner, there will be a special afternoon treat. The MACC will host a wine, cheese and meat tasting booth on the courthouse lawn. Local vendors will have samples of their products available from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Various other food vendors will also be set up for the festivities.

But save some space for the grand finale, dinner and a show. A limited number of tickets are available for the prime rib dinner to be held at the V.F.W. hall starting at 6:00 p.m. The meal is being prepared by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and will be served by the SCR-I FBLA group. The dinner guests will get a special treat as the Lucky Start Quartet will perform during the meal.

After dinner, ticket holders will head to the Memphis Theatre to take in the Harmony Hobos Show. The program will feature the Heart of Missouri Sweet Adelines and the 3Ds.

Tickets for the dinner and show are $30. Tickets for the show itself are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

There are a limited number of tickets for the meal and the show and it will be first come, first serve, so folks need to get their tickets today, said MACC president Chuck Kigar.

Tickets are on sale at Kountry Konnection, Tri-Star Systems, Bank of Kirksville, Strubles Antiques and Northeast Community Action Agency.

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