Theme is ‘Small town fun - circa 1950’

Visitors to this year’s Newburg Day, scheduled for Saturday, June 8, will be transported back to the 1950s.

Planning is underway for the annual event, which will have a theme of “Small town fun - circa 1950.”

Pat Adams, this year’s Newburg Day Committee chairwoman, invites the community to come out and enjoy a day, which will feature a parade, craft vendors, demonstrations, music, food and family-friendly games and competitions.

Among the new things this year will be trophies awarded to parade entries for the following categories: Newburg Day's Best, Mayor’s Choice and Honorable Mention.

Adams asks that all parade entrants submit a request to participate form, which is available online at The forms must be turned in to Adams by the end of May along with an entry fee of $5. All parade entries must make some attempt at representing the theme.

The parade will kick off the day’s festivities at 10 a.m. and will follow the same route as last year, Adams said.

One big change this year is that there will be no parking allowed on Highway T between Fifth and Front streets June 8 to avoid accidents and injuries.

Another change this year involves the Newburg Day Pageant, which will be held several weeks before Newburg Day. The pageant will take place Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m. at the Newburg United Methodist Church.

Contestants are being sought in the following categories: Little Mr. and Miss - ages 5-8, Junior Mr. and Miss - ages 9-12, and King and Queen - ages 13-18. Stacie Nash, who is this year’s pageant coordinator, can be reached at 573-466-9312 for more information.

One of the entertainment highlights at this year’s Newburg Day will be Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe impersonators Rich Vickers and Tammy Vickers. They will perform at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Lyric Theater.

Donations will be accepted at the door and proceeds will benefit the Lyric Theater and the Newburg Day Committee.

There will be music and entertainment at the gazebo and the courtyard from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for a 50/50 raffle can be purchased by any committee member or at the Old Town Antique swap meet Saturday, June 1.

Also new this year — a silent auction will replace the auction normally held at the gazebo. Items in the silent auction will be on display at the Newburg United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Newburg Fire Department also will have a car bash throughout the day and there will be food and activities offered by local churches.

The committee is also looking for food and craft vendors. For more information on vendors, contact Shane Lewis at 573-578-5200. Vendors will be set up at the gazebo and on Water Street.

While vendors will have their own games, parents and children who want to play the Newburg Day Committee games must purchase tickets at information booths.

Volunteers also are being sought on the Newburg Day website,
Adams also encourages people to pre-order their Newburg Day T-shirts by May 15. The shirts will have the same design as last year, Adams said. More information can be found online.