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The annual Ayr Days celebration is set for Saturday, August 28.
With the theme “The Future is in the Ayr,” this year’s Ayr Days will feature a full day’s worth of fun and activities for all ages.
Registration for the Highlander Hustle, a 5K run/walk and fun run for the kids, gets underway at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Princess Theater. The race kicks off at 8 a.m.
The Ayr Days Marketplace on the courthouse lawn opens at 9 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m.
The annual parade gets underway at 10 a.m., with Gordon and Linda Winkler serving as grand marshals.
Face painting by Mallory will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard,
A ton of activity begins at 11 a.m. These include:
• the Mount Ayr Lions Club train and swings on the east side of the square until 4 p.m.;
• inflatables for the kids in the courtyard until 5 p.m.;
• a dunk tank sponsored by the Mount Ayr Class of 2023 on the northeast corner of the square until 4 p.m.;
• the Domingo Celebrity Longhorn at the northwest corner of the square;
• a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on the basketball court on the east side of the square.
Food is always a big hit for Ayr Days, and this year is no exception. Included on Saturday’s menu are a pie and ice cream social at the Senior Activities Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., beef burgers and walking tacos at the First Christian Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and pork loins under the courthouse shelter from the Sons of American Legion from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The motorcycle/car/tractor show on the south and west sides of the square will run from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The newly erected Veterans Memorial will be dedicated in a ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the northwest corner of the courtyard.
Other activities begin after lunch and run throughout the afternoon:
• a photo booth will be available from 1-4 p.m. on the south courtyard.
• a BulziBucket attraction will also run on the south courtyard from 1-4 p.m.
• Games sponsored by the New Life Family Church will go from 2-4 p.m. on the northeast corner of the square.
• The kids pedal pull competition gets started on the east side of the square at 2 p.m.
• RCCB director Kate Zimmerman will demonstrate the tagging of Monarch butterflies from 2:30-3:30 p.m, in the courtyard shelter.
• Roger Burger will provide music on the main stage from 3-4 p.m.
• A bags tournament on north Taylor Street will run from 4-6 p.m.
• Students from Ryann’s Dance Academy will perform on the main stage from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
• Justin Akers will then take the main stage to provide music from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
• Kids’ water fights will soak the west side of the square from 5-6 p.m. with help from the Mount Ayr Volunteer Firemen.
A new attraction this year is an evening performance by magician Keith West and hypnotist Terry Stokes, Jr. on the main stage beginning at 6:30 p.m.