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  • Fun, games in Love County this weekend

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  • Love County will welcome thousands of its residents, neighbors and friends this weekend for the annual Frontier Days celebration.
    The event began Thursday night with fan favorite Frontier Singin’ Gospel and Inspirational Music, and will continue this evening and Saturday with multiple acts in addition to activities for kids of all ages.
    “We usually have a big crowd, and it’s a lot of fun,” said committee member Nic McMillan. “We have a record number of arts and crafts vendors and food vendors. It’s going to be pretty good, we’re just hoping for the weather to hold up.”
    Tonight’s activities will be highlighted by the Terry Hyman Memorial Parade, with a number of acts on the Frontier Stage. In addition, the oldest and youngest in attendance will be recognized as well as those traveling the most miles to attend.
    The action starts early Saturday morning with the Marietta Lions Club Pioneer Breakfast, as well as the 5K and fun run. Contests such as the turtle race, stick horse race and granny-panty relays will take place throughout the day as well as acts on stage.
    At 2 p.m., the Pioneer Museum will officially celebrate its 30th birthday.
    “They’re going to have cake and have a little festivity at the museum,” McMillan said. “I think that will be a pretty good draw.”
    At 6 p.m., the crowning of the Frontier Days Little King and Queen will take place, as well as a John Deere lawnmower give-away. The Pioneer King and Queen, Jerry and Alice Cochran, were introduced during Thursday night’s gospel music evening.
    The noodling tournament will conclude its second year as part of Frontier Days, with a weigh-in on the courthouse lawn. McMillan said participants mostly go to the Red River.
    This year’s version of Frontier Days will conclude with the Frontier Street Dance, featuring Arbuckle Express and the Bobby Dale Band. The dance and celebration will conclude at midnight.
    For additional information, contact McMillan at (580) 276-6732.
    Friday night
    Family Fun Night
    6 p.m. — Terry Hyman Memorial Parade
    7 p.m. — Melodie Schaffer Performs
    7:30 p.m. — The Hicks Family
    8 p.m. — Classic Recall
    9 p.m. — Maverick McClendon performs
    9:30 p.m. — Classic Recall continues
    6 a.m. — Marietta Lions Club Pioneer Breakfast
    6:30 a.m. — Roundup Run Registration — Frontier Stage
    8 a.m. — Marietta Roundup 5K and fun run begins
    8:30 a.m. — Turtle race registration
    9 a.m. — Turtle races
    Page 2 of 2 - Horseshoe tournament opens
    Marietta Roundup run trophy presentation
    9:30 a.m. — Stick horse races
    10 a.m. — Trudy Reasoner’s musical student review
    Water balloon toss and Hula-Hoop relay
    Granny-panty relay races
    11 a.m. — Bicycle races
    12 p.m. — Egg toss contest
    12:30 p.m. — Belinda Wild performs on Frontier Stage
    1 p.m. — Tug-of-War
    2 p.m. — Pioneer Museum 30th birthday celebration
    B102 performs on Frontier Stage
    4 p.m. — Red River Outlaws
    6 p.m. — Crowning of the Frontier Days Little King and Queen
    John Deere lawnmower give-away
    7 p.m. — Noodling Tournament weigh-in
    8 p.m. — Frontier Street Dance, featuring Arbuckle Express and Bobby Dale Band
    Midnight — Good night, Love County
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