To celebrate 40 years of Newburg's annual festival this year, the Newburg Days committee is adding additional days of festivities but also bringing back activities that used to be held in the past.
To celebrate 40 years of Newburg’s annual festival this year, the Newburg Days committee is adding additional days of festivities but also bringing back activities that used to be held in the past.
“Come out and enjoy the festivities,” said Kevin Olsen, committee treasurer.
While Newburg Day activities in recent years have been held only on a Saturday, this year’s event has festivities spanning three days — Friday, June 12, through Sunday, June 14.
The festival will kick off Friday with a poker run Registration will take place from 9-11 a.m. at Somewhere Else Bar and Grill located at 195 Doolittle Outer Road in Doolittle. The poker run will be a 57-mile run ending at 6 p.m. at Blues Too on First Street in Newburg.
The cost is $15 for the first hand and $5 for each additional hand. There will be a 50/50 raffle, and prizes will be awarded.
From 5-11 p.m. Friday, there will be a beer garden near Blues Too. A fish fry with all-you-can-eat catfish and tilapia and sides will take place from 6-9 p.m. Friday. The cost is $10 per person.
A street dance also is among Friday’s activities from 7-11 p.m. with music by Together Again.
The cruise-in will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday on Front Street.
Saturday’s activities will kick off at 9 a.m. with a craft show including vendors all throughout town.
The parade will start at 10 a.m. and go from Cookin’ From Scratch in Doolittle and Newburg High School on Wolf Pride Drive to downtown Newburg along Highway T/Main Street.
Entries with trailers or floats, classic cars and motorcycles will need to turn left onto East First Street and go to the gravel parking lot and turn around or park. This is where the parade will end.
This year’s parade theme is “Honoring Our American Veterans.” Olsen reminded people that there will be no parking along Main Street in Newburg from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for the parade. Handicapped parking will be in the Newburg Christian Church parking lot.
Olsen said the parade route from Doolittle to Newburg may be lined with flags if Larry “The Flagman” Eckhardt is available. He is scheduled to start Friday at 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help. Call Olsen at 573-529-2887 to volunteer.
People can park at the Little Piney Park and the Newburg Baptist Church and Church of God parking lots. People also can park at Old Town Antiques and Cookin’ from Scratch and a shuttle will run every 15 minutes to take people to different stops throughout town. Stops will include Old Towne Antiques, Doolittle Community Hall, Little Piney Community Park, Houston House and the Gazebo.
The gravel parking lot next to the railroad tracks across from the Houston House is reserved for the car show Saturday and is not available for public parking.
An opening ceremony will occur Saturday starting at 11 a.m. at the Gazebo followed by a day of entertainment provided by The Rosa String Band, Mick Byrd and The Back Road Band, Joyful Noise, The Ozark Spirit Cloggers, and Asian and Irish dance groups. At 4 p.m. there will be a jam session with Jerry Rosa, so people are encouraged to bring an instrument and join.
The classic car and motorcycle show also will start at 11 a.m. on Water Street. Prizes and trophies will be awarded. In addition there will be food, games, pony rides, a petting zoo and even alpacas. A quilt raffle and gun raffle also will be held.
In addition, there will be an ice cream social and barbecue cook-off and music by Lauren Ashley Goskie, Bliss Hippy and Shirley Robertson in the Houston House courtyard.
There will be a flea market at Little Piney Community Park in conjunction with Newburg Days along with music all day at the park by Together Again.
The Lyric Live Theater also will have an open mic Saturday. The Pilot Knob High Flyers also are scheduled to perform at 2 p.m.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will have its seat belt convincer and rollover truck and the Doolittle Rural Fire Protection District will have an extrication demonstration and will be smashing a car.
Then from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, the National Wrestling Alliance Missouri State Championship will take place at the Newburg High School new gym. Tickets are $12 in advance for ring-side seats, $10 for regular seating and $8 for children age 10 and under. Ringside tickets, which are limited, will be $15 the day of the event. The show will last about two hours.
Tickets can be purchased at Chuck's Barber Shop in Rolla, Newburg City Hall, Blues Too in Newburg, Citizens Bank of Newburg or from any committee member. This year’s Newburg Days committee includes Pat Adams as president, Mike Olsen as vice president, Kevin Olsen as treasurer, Betty Dailey as secretary and committee members, Pat Stevenson, Kim Allison and Margie Daniels.
On Sunday, there will be a non-denominational community church service at Newburg United Methodist Church at Third and Main streets. Breakfast will be at 9 a.m. and the service begins at 10 a.m.
For more information on Newburg Days, contact Kevin Olsen at 573-529-2887 or Pat Adams at 573-201-8757 or visit the event’s website, newburgday.weebly.com.
Newburg Days royalty
The annual Newburg Days pageant was held May 16 at the Lyric Live Theater.
This year’s royal court includes:
Queen of Newburg - Shayla Farris
Princess of Newburg - Ella Mathis
Duchess of Newburg - Aeriana Brandt
Lil' Miss Newburg - Jamie Farris
Mr. and Miss Newburg - Jack and Peggy DeShurley
Grand Duchess - Dr. Elizabeth te Groen
Oldest Couple in Newburg - Arthur and Vesta Paul
Grand Marshal - Don and Pat Baker