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September 5, 2013

16th Annual Rutledge Fall Festival Will Commemorate Community's 125th Birthday

It is time for fall events and the little town of Rutledge is having their 16th Fall Festival on September 21, 2013. This year the community will also be celebrating the fact that Rutledge was formed 125 years ago.

Events start off bright and early with craft tables and venders setting up at 9:00 am. There is no charge for venders, they are just asked to bring their own tables. Everyone is welcome.

The parade starts forming at 9:30 in front of the school house. All entries are welcome. Contact Carol at 883-5667 for more information. If you still have your float from Wyaconda or Edina please feel free to bring them.

The raffle and agriculture contest both start at 9:30 a.m. The ag contest is tallest corn stalk, tallest horse weed and bean plant with the most pods. Registration closes at 11:00 am. Three places will be paid in each class. This contest is sponsored by Channel Seed Corn, Les Monroe dealer. One entry per class per person.

The parade starts at 10:00 am. After the parade everyone is welcome to move to the park for more fun. The kids games start after the parade with shoe kick, egg toss, races of all types, hot cookie maybe a hula hoop contest and who knows what else organizers will come up with by festival time.

Food service will start at 11:30 am. with hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, slaw and all different types of desserts available.

"I know that the Rutledge ladies can cook and their pies are wonderful," said volunteer Shirlene Chancellor.

"We are also having face painting and maybe a scavenger hunt for the kids."

The pedal tractor pull starts at 12:30 p.m. on Main Street with classes for 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-11 year old age groups.

Volleyball is going to be set up across the street from the park if anyone wants to play.

After lunch there will be an open stage, if anyone wants to sing, dance, talk or anything else to entertain the group. Contact Shirlene at 883-5862 for a time slot.

The Fall Festival will also feature Bingo in the Community Building starting at 1:00 pm.

Raffle prizes will be drawn all day with the Grand Prize of $50 being drawn at 2:30 p.m.

"Please bring your lawn chairs and come and have a nice relaxing day in the park," said Chancellor. "No hustle or bustle just nice relaxing fun. Hope to see you there."

For more information call Shirlene 883-5862, Marge 883-5703 or Neta 883-5320. All proceeds from the event will go toward the new Rutledge Community Building.

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