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With the theme “Hometown Medical Heroes,” the annual Ayr Days celebration is coming up next weekend, Friday and Saturday, September 18-19.
Friday, September 18
Activities on Friday include the 4 p.m. deadline to pre-register for the Hometown Talent Show. Registration fee is $15. For more information, contact Korbie Rinehart at 615-305-7030.
The band Swift Kik will perform on the main stage from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
A bags tournament sponsored by the Ringgold Outdoor Alliance will begin at 10 p.m. Contact Ken Robertson at 317-430-5136 for information about the Friday and Saturday bags tournaments.
Saturday, September 19
Restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have curtailed several Ayr Days traditions this year.
Gone are the morning and noon meals served by community organizations, the vendor show, and the kids’ inflatable attractions.
Regardless, many activities will continue to fill the Saturday schedule.
Registration for the Ayr Days parade will run from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. at the corner of Fillmore and Jefferson streets. The parade itself will begin at 3 p.m. For more information, contact City State Bank at 641-464-3555.
The Mount Ayr Lions will operate their kids’ swings on the east side of the square from 2-4:30 p.m.
The Lions will also sell $1 raffle tickets beginning at 2 p.m. with winners to be announced later in the evening. Proceeds will go to their scholarship fund.
At 3 p.m. a group of Hometown Medical Heroes will serve as grand marshals for annual Ayr Days parade.
The Show and Shine in the Ayr will feature cars, trucks, motorcycles and more on the north and west side of the square from 4-7 p.m. Contact Rick Bender at 641-464-2554 for more information.
Also at 4 p.m., participants in the Trent Stewart Memorial 5K/slog and 2K/slog runs may register and pick up their packets at the Princess Theater.
The races themselves will take off from the Princess at 5 p.m. Awards will be presented on the main stage at approximately 6:15 p.m. For more information, contact Jackie Stewart at 641-340-0112 or Angie Glendenning at 641-340-5533.
One food event that survived this year is the Hy-Vee Chicken Wings for Charity event, runing from 6-8 p.m. in the main stage/barbecue area on the northeast corner of the square. Contact Ron Schafer at 641-464-8024 or visit www.smokinintheayr.com for more information.
The Hometown Talent Show will get underway at 6 p.m. on the main stage.
A second bags tournament sponsored by the Ringgold Outdoor Alliance will run from 7-10 p.m. on the north side of the square.
This year’s Ayr Days celebration will conclude with Kansas City’s Outlaw Redemption playing on the main stage from 8-11 p.m.
While no Ayr Days activities are planned for Sunday, September 20, event organizers urge county residents to attend the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Tingley Memorial Park at 4 p.m. that day.