Bicentennial Community Day set for Sept. 28

The bicentennial Community Day celebration originally postponed from July 6 has been rescheduled for Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the F-S Jim Roberts Community Park.

"With that rescheduling we have pretty much all the same activities, we do have a couple of changes," said Lisa Deavers, executive director of the Gallery on the Square and bicentennial committee chair.

The vintage tractor parade and games will still be going on along with the Red River Fiddlers playing at 10:30 a.m. and the pony express taking place at 11:30 a.m.

"When we had [the event planned] in July it was not harvest season so now that we are in harvest season that could cut down the number [of tractors], but we encourage anyone that has a vintage tractor that they want to bring out, to bring it

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out," Deavers said.

One of the big changes is the vintage baseball game, which was planned to coincide with the Franklin Duelers season is no longer happening. Instead, attendees can learn to play cricket, as they would have in 1819 Kentucky.

Tom Melville, an American cricket player and historian, will be teaching people about the game. The game will be run on a walk-up basis with no experience required.

Tommy Johnson is organizing live music for the afternoon starting at 1 p.m. Deavers said the public is still welcome to bring along their own instrument and play.

At 4 p.m. a reenactment of a duel will take place along with proper duel etiquette. At 4:30 p.m., Deavers said they are still looking to do a reenactment of the Courthouse burning.

The hot air balloon rides will start about an hour before sunset and will depend on weather conditions. Tickets will go on sale at about 4:30 p.m. and cost $10. Deavers said the hot air balloons are the only cost activity the whole day.

"Then throughout the day, Simpson County Fair Board, Kiwanis and the Boys and Girls Club have helped organize some children's activities," Deavers said.

She said she hated having to reschedule the events, but is glad they are still able to offer almost everything on a different day.

"The intent for community day is for everybody just bring their chairs, their blankets, come and go," Deavers said.

For more information call the Gallery on the Square, at 270-586-8055.

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