August 23, 2007

Looking Back and Moving Forward at 2007 Scotland County Antique Fair

Local history again will be the focus of an entertaining weekend as participants will gather in Memphis on August 23-26 for the Scotland County Antique Fair. Visitors will be ďLoking Back while Moving ForwardĒ, the theme for the 2007 event

The festivities get underway Thursday afternoon. Exhibitors will begin opening displays on the courthouse lawn at 2:00 p.m. on August 23rd. That evening the 2007 Scotland County Antique Fair King and Queen will be crowned on the stage at 6:00 p.m. The junior king and queen will also be crowned at that time while the baby show gets underway. The Scotland County Rotary bingo tent will open for play at this time as guests will have the opportunity to get their first infamous tenderloin or other food favorites at the numerous stands.

Pure Country Plus will take the stage at 8:00 p.m. for musical entertainment and the antique fair group will announce the winner of the $100 raffle at 10:00 p.m.

Guests will have open season on the tractor and small engine displays as they are open for viewing all day on Friday. Visitors will also be welcome at the Downing House, Boyer House, the Depot and Wiggins Museum.

The Heritage Band will entertain listeners from 2:00 Ė 4:30 p.m. in the tent on August 24th.

Organizers plan to announce the winners in the annual window display contest around 5:30 p.m. as that eveningís agenda kicks off. At 6:00 p.m. the 4-H Canine Capers will perform a show as players start to arrive for the eveningís bingo games in the Rotary tent.

The dogs will yield the right of way on Market Street to crowd favorite bed races and the back-seat driver contest.

The winners of the tractor and small engine displays will be announced at 7:00 p.m. while poker enthusiasts will be gathering at the fire station for a Texas Holdíem tourney sponsored by Farm Bureau.

Musical entertainment for Friday evening will be Young Country with the performance set for 8:00 p.m. The evening caps off with another $100 giveaway at 10:00 p.m.

Saturday starts bright and early for those with an appetite. The Scotland County Fire Department will be serving a pancake breakfast starting at 6:00 a.m. If you eat too much, the first annual 1.5k Walk and 5K Fun Run will take off from in front of City Hall on the square at 8:00 a.m.

The last ones across the finish line should be done in plenty of time to start forming up for the parade. That process starts at 10:00 a.m. to allow plenty of time for judging of entries before the parade starts at 11:00 a.m.

When the last horse makes its way around the parade route, spectators will converge on the various eateries. The Rotary Club will be serving barbecue pork chops and chicken and various other food stands will offer lots of alternatives.

After lunch the kiddie games will get underway on the east side of the square while the other three sides will host the annual car show.

A tractor poker run is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. with pony rides on the north east corner of the square set to start at 2:00 p.m. while various tractor games continue.

If lunch wasnít enough, dessert can be won starting at 2:30 p.m. at the cake walk on the north side of the square. The bingo tent will open around 4:00 p.m. with a road rally set to take off from in front of Payne Funeral Chapel at 5:00 p.m.

The big tractors will give way to the entertaining micro-tractor pull under the tent east of Community Bank of Memphis. The first mini-machines will start the show at 6:30 p.m.

The dancing shoes will come out around 8:00 p.m. when the Mystery Train Band takes the stage.

The $100 raffle winner will be announced at 10:00 p.m. along with the quilt raffle winner.

The action shifts off the city square on Sunday. The final day of the 2007 Antique Fair will feature a draft horse pull at the Scotland County Fairgrounds at 10:00 a.m. The horses wonít mind the airplanes over head as Briggs-Smith Memorial Airport will host its annual Fly-In Dinner that afternoon. Pilots will be offering plane rides all day while lunch will be served at the airport from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Once the horses are done pulling, the antique tractors will take a turn at trying to pull their weight. The antique tractor pull is scheduled to get underway at 1:00 p.m.

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