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The annual Ayr Days celebration is set for this Saturday, August 27.
With the theme “A Rural Good Time,” this year’s Ayr Days will feature a full day’s worth of fun and activities for all ages.
Golf cart transportation will be provided by the Raiderette volleyball team all day long.
The Mount Ayr Public Library will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for rest and conversation.
A “Memory Maker” photo op will be available all day at the vintage Skelly Station on the south side of the square.
Registration for the Highlander Hustle, a 5K run/walk and fun run for the kids, begins at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Princess Theater. The race kicks off at 8 a.m.
Registration for vendors for the Ayr Days Marketplace also opens at 7:30 a.m. on the courthouse lawn with the shopping running from 9 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m.
The rAyr Market will serve breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. The menu features wild and mild burritos.
Registration for the annual Ayr Days parade will take place from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. at the corner of Fillmore and Jefferson streets. The parade gets underway at 10 a.m. with Dr. Keith and Jamie Miller serving as grand marshals.
A quilt show sponsored by Chapter CK P.E.O will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the First Christian Church.
11 a.m. start times
A large number of Ayr Days activities gets started at 11 a.m.:
• face painting by Kaylie Shields and Josie Vanderflught will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard;
• the Mount Ayr Lions Club train and swings on the east side of the square until 4 p.m.;
• a baby contest for ages 0-24 months hosted by the SWCC Spartan dance team in the courthouse Assembly Room;
• basketball fun on the court on the east side of the square sponsored by the Mount Ayr High School boys basketball team;
• children’s story time at the Mount Ayr Public Library runs 11-11:30 a.m.;
• inflatables for the kids in the courtyard until 5 p.m.;
• a LifeFlight helicopter landing and tours will run 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by Ringgold County Hospital;
• a book signing by Brenda Grose goes until 2 p.m. in the Mount Ayr Public Library;
• yard games sponsored by the Raiderette volleyball team will run to 4 p.m.;
• Mount Ayr Community Health will sponsor an obstacle course for young kids until 4 p.m.
• a mechanical bull will challenge riders until 4 p.m.
• carnival games by the Leading Lions 4-H club will run until 4 p.m. on the northeast corner of the square.
The motorcycle/car/tractor show on the south and west sides of the square will attract visitors from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Food is always a big hit on 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.;
• pork loins under the courthouse shelter from the Sons of American Legion from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.;
• added to the Ayr Days menu this year is a ribeye steak sandwich meal sponsored by rAyr Market and the Ringgold County Cattlemen. Meals will be served from 5-8 p.m. on the south side of the square.
The Mount Ayr Public Library will host three activities Saturday afternoon:
• Mike Avitt will speak on Mount Ayr history from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Mount Ayr Public Library.
• The library will host a second children’s story time 1-1:30 p.m.
• Sally Young will assist visitors with genealogy questions from 1-3 p.m. in the Mount Ayr Public Library.
Other activities begin after lunch and run throughout the afternoon:
• 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.
• Students at Ryann’s Dance Academy will perform on the main stage from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
• A bags tournament will take place on north Taylor Street from 4-6 p.m.
• Kids’ water fights will soak the west side of the square from 4:30-5:30 p.m. with help from the Mount Ayr Volunteer Firemen.
Hypnotist Rick Bultz will take the main stage at 6:00 p.m.
The Princess Theater concession stand will be open from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The “Rural Good Time” concludes with music by the Carey Crowson Trio in the courtyard shelter house beginning at 7:10 p.m.