August 25, 2005

Scotland County to Honor ‘Antiques, Today’s History’

“Antiques, Today’s History” is the slogan for the 2005 Scotland County Antique Fair, a salute to the past that is held annually to entertain residents and visitors alike. One of the community’s largest events, the antique fair is a four-day festival featuring nightly entertainment, a parade and much more.

The annual community celebration opens Thursday, August 25 on the Memphis City Square and will run through Sunday afternoon encompassing the local airport and the fairgrounds as well as the city square.

This year’s activities will get underway Thursday, August 25th. Exhibitors will begin setting up stands and window displays throughout the day. At 6:00 p.m. the 2005 Antique Fair King and Queen will be crowned along with the junior king and queen and the prince and princess as part of the annual baby show. The Rotary bingo tent will also open at 6:00 p.m. giving spectators a number of entertainment options before the Mystery Train Band takes the stage at 8:00 p.m.

The vendors and food stands will be open all day Friday along with the Downing House, the Boyer House and the Depot Museum.

Music with Donna will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. under the tent. The 4-H Canine Capers will perform at 4:30 p.m. when the judging will be performed for the antique tractors and small engines.

The window displays will be judged at 5:30 p.m. The back-seat drivers contest and tractor poker run will get underway at this time as well. The adult pedal tractor pull starts a half hour later when the bingo tent opens for business as well.

At 7:00 p.m. the tractor games will begin on the east part of the square. Other games will include wagon backing, chain drop, ball drop, slow race, fast start and tractor balance. The famous bed races will close out the fun at 7:30 p.m.

The activity starts bright and early Saturday morning with the firemen’s breakfast at 6:00 a.m. at the fire station.

The parade will begin forming at 10:00 a.m. when the floats will be judged in commercial, youth and church categories. The parade will start at 11:00 a.m.

Rotary barbecue chicken will be available following the parade when lunch will be available from the number of food booths on the square as well.

The fun keeps rolling that afternoon. The car show will take over the north, south and west sides of the square while the kid’s games will also begin after lunch. The kiddie pedal tractor pull will begin at this time on the east side of the square.

Cake walkers will promenade for pastries at 2:30 p.m. on the square’s north side. The Memphis Theatre will host a fashion show at 3:00 p.m. and the road rally also will kick off at this time.

The final night of bingo will get underway at 6:00 p.m. The micro-tractor pull is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with another country music show wrapping up Saturday starting at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday will shift the focus of the antique fair to the airport and the fairgrounds. The draft horse pull is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. at the fairgrounds. The antique tractor pull will follow at 1:00 p.m. Briggs-Smith Memorial Airport will host a fly-in dinner from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pilots will offer airplanes rides all day long.

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