Thursday, September 18, 2014

Around Town September 23

Russell Fall Festival Featured Best in Smoke Competition

  On Friday, September 12, entertainment at the bandstand started the Russell 2014 Fall Festival at 8 p.m. and lasted until midnight. 
   On Saturday, the following day, the Russell Museum and Library provided a breakfast to 90 people for a free will offering from 7-9:30 a.m. People were able to start their day by enjoying biscuits and gravy, sausage, scrambled eggs, cinnamon rolls, coffee, juice and milk, along with enjoying good company before the events of the day got started.  People who had never been to the building before were surprised to find the many interesting books in the library and then even more surprised when they stepped into the past when they entered the incredible museum the Museum staff has maintained for anyone to visit and learn about Russell's past history.
   The Russell Volunteer Fire Department sponsored the "Best in Smoke" BBQ competition on Saturday.  Winners will be announced in this blog later.
   Live music was played on the bandstand from 2 p.m until 4 p.m.
 The Fall Festival Parade "Russell is Smokin' Hot" started at 4 p.m. with Marilyn and Butch Evans as Parade Marshals.
Butch and Marilyn Evans were parade marshals at
the Russell Fall Festival Parade.
Photo by Carol Swigart.
 They have been very prominent in their community.  The 1st place entry award went to Beaty Insurance, 2nd place entry to Methodist Church and 3rd place to Southside bar.
   The car show was held from 6 p.m. to midnight.  Russell's 1st Annual "Take Pride in Your Ride Show N' Shine" brought a variety of cars, tractors, a vintage race car, lawn tractors and more.  Many participated in the parade as well.  Calling all rides:  No matter what it was, show up and show it off was held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. next to the bandstand.  Cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, bicycles, golf carts, hot rods.  If it had wheels and a motor it was welcome.
  The Fireman's Dinner BBQ aromas filled the area and people enjoyed the delicious food at 5 p.m. with a free will offering.

    There was a gun raffle, a Henry 30/30 Golden Boy.  Participants had to be over 18 and winners will be announced in a later blog.
   The Southside held a street dance from 9 p.m. to midnight.  It benefited the Fire Department and had music by the band "Ruination Day".
   The weather was perfect and everyone had a lot of fun.  The planners are to be commended for the good job of including a variety of activities for all ages.
photos above submitted by Carol Swigart

In the photo above to the left in the front is: Kasyn Paige, Blayne Beaty, Baylor Atwell, Back: Kinzlee Paige and Brian Beaty  with Beaty Insurance the 1st place float winners in the Russell Fall Festival.  The 2nd place winner was Faith United Methodist Church and the 3rd place winner was Southside Bar (photo by: Jewel Martin).

In the photo to the right are children: Derek Coker, Brocklynn Ruble and Mckenna Andersen, enjoying the beautiful day while watching the Russell Fall Festival Parade. (photo by: Jewel Martin).

September Calendar 

Tue, Sept 23, 3-7 p.m. Blood Drive at the Community Center, sponsored by the Community Club. Call 1-800-452-1097 to schedule a time. 

Sun, Sept 28, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Ladies only handgun clinic. NRA instructors will conduct a handgun instruction clinic for ladies only at the Russell Sportsmen’s Club, 41570 280th Avenue southwest of Russell. Participants must be 14 or older. For more information or to register, call Ted at 641-340-1022

Mon, Sept 29, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot 


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