"Be there or be square." That is the advice of Pat Adams encouraging people to attend Newburg Day this Saturday, which has a theme of "Small town fun - circa 1950."
Adams is this year's Newburg Day Committee chairwoman and as she was finalizing plans for the 38th annual event earlier this week, she said many activities are scheduled for the celebration.
As a reminder, there will be no parking allowed on Highway T between Fifth and Front streets this Saturday to avoid accidents and injuries during the event.
This year's parade will kick off the day's festivities at 10 a.m. and will follow the same route as last year. The parade entries will reflect the theme.
Adams said as of Wednesday, there were about 25 to 30 entries that had registered for the parade.
New this year, trophies will be awarded to parade entries for the following categories: Newburg Day's Best, Mayor's Choice and Honorable Mention.
The parade also will feature the 2013 winners of the Newburg Day Pageant, which was held before the festival this year.
On May 18, the pageant took place at the Methodist church in Newburg. The 2013 winners are as follows:
• Mr. and Mrs. Newburg – Vesta and Arthur Paul,
• Queen and King of Newburg – Cheyenne Brinkley and Johnathan Walny,
• Princess and Prince of Newburg – Ella Mathis and Tucker Ryerson, and
• Duchess and Duke of Newburg – Emily Walny and David Smith.
Later in the day, the royal court will help with the bubble gum blowing and hula hoop contests at the concrete slab on Water Street.
This year's runners-up in the pageant were Kelsey Hope, queen; Isabella Gustin, princess; and Ellianna Griffith, duchess.
This year's judges of the pageant were Krista Kelly of KZNN; Logan Humphrey of Tomco Metals and Marilee Dapron of Midwest Auto Sales.
Among the other activities to be held after the parade include two performances by Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe impersonators Rich and Tammy Vickers, who will perform at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Lyric Live Theater.
Donations will be accepted at the door and proceeds will benefit the theater and the Newburg Day Committee. Adams said people can get their photos taken with Elvis and Marilyn after their shows.
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.
Music at the gazebo on Highway T will be provided from 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. by the Army Band, Hope 41:10, Rosa String Band, Pickin-and Grinnin and New Blades of Grass. The Rolla German Band has canceled, Adams said.
Page 2 of 2 - At the courtyard on Water Street, there will be several activities throughout the day, including the South Central Missouri (SOCMO) Shrine Clowns, the Falcon Family Dancers and Celebration of Nations.
A pie-eating contest will take place at 12:30 p.m. with registration starting at 12:15 p.m. The contest is limited to the first eight contestants, Adams said.
There also will be food and craft vendors, Adams noted, as well as a booth by the Southern Cherokee Nation. In addition, there will be 50/50 raffle tickets. Adams said there will be a limited number of Newburg Day T-shirts available.
The Newburg Fire Department also will have a car bash and an extrication demonstration.