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Monday, August 8, 2011

Pierce City's annual summer festival, Howdy Neighbor Days, begins on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and runs through Saturday, Aug. 13. Live bands, a carnival and attractions that have long made the festival popular will be back.

J and J Magic Midway Carnival will again provide the anchor for the festival, opening nightly by 5 p.m. and at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Arm bands providing one price for rides will be available all four nights.

Live bluegrass music is planned on

Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Closing the night will be Doc McCready and the Granny Chicks at 8 p.m.

On Thursday, Nashville recording artist Rich McCready and Ashley Graham will take the stage beginning at 6 p.m. The bluegrass band New Dogs, Old Tricks will play from 7:30 to 9 p.m., after which Exit 126 will close the evening.

On Friday, the Kids Got Talent contest will get underway at 6:30 p.m. There will be two divisions: age 10 and under; and the age 11 to 16. A panel of judges will determine winners. Prizes for the younger division will include $50 for first place, $25 for second and $15 for third. For the older division, $75 is the first place prize, $50 for second and $25 for third place.

The Beer and Chicken Band, frequent performers at the Downstream Casino near Joplin, will take the stage at 9 p.m.

Saturday will begin with a breakfast at the Senior Citizens Cener from 7 to 10 a.m. The annual Pierce City Car Show will be held in the parking lot of St. Mary's Catholic Church from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Bathtub races, a Howdy Neighbor Days tradition, will be held on Elm Street by St. Mary's at 1 p.m.

A festival parade will be held on Commercial Street at 3:30 p.m. The parade line-up will begin at 3 p.m. on Gibbs Avenue.

As the carnival opens at 4 p.m., a special performance will be given by United We Stand at the stage.

The popular Howdy Neighbor Days Idol Contest will begin at 4:30 p.m. Local talent will compete for a $300 first place prize. Second place earns $200 and third place is $100.

The duck race will be held in Clear Creek at 6:30 p.m. Plastic ducks can be "purchased" for $3 each. The first number over the finish line will win $500.

Live entertainment will include the Morgan Williams Band at 7 p.m. and the popular Tequila, Lime, No Salt, headed by Mark Sebastian, at 9 p.m.

Award winners will be announced at 8:30 p.m. and drawings for donated prizes will be held.

Ongoing attractions will include the beer garden, hosted by the Pierce City Knights of Columbus Council #7130 and the sale of barbecue ribs by Decatur Lodge #400, AF&AM. Crafts booths, vendors and various game offerings in addition to the carnival will be featured along the midway throughout the festival.

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