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September 2, 2007

Chrisman festival grows every year

Ponytail, softball contests are new events

CHRISMAN — The 135th Chrisman Days Celebration is planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and organizers have prepared a weekend filled with numerous activities for all.

Chrisman Fire Captain Ben Jenness said the fire department has been hosting the event for about seven years. While events will be taking place all over town, the bulk of the action will take place uptown at Chrisman Park.

“It seems like it gets a little bigger every year,” Jenness said.

This year, many groups from the community are sponsoring different events, which add to the weekend as a whole.

A few of the offerings by outside contributors are: a cakewalk by the Chrisman High School dance team, bingo by the American Legion Post 477 with a $500 prize and an open house to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Northern Edgar County Ambulance Service.

“We pretty much have every organization in town doing something or helping with something along the way,” Jenness said.

Two new events this year include the co-ed softball tournament and a ponytail contest, which are both sponsored by groups other than the fire department.

While the softball tournament may be geared toward the athletically inclined and the ponytail contest aimed at girls with long hair, other tried-and-true favorites are sure to bring out many locals and visitors alike.

“The main thing Friday is the ham and bean supper and the band Battle Creek is playing,” Jenness said.

Jenness said the pedal tractor pull on Saturday always has a good turnout, too.

Proceeds made from the festival will go toward equipment for the fire department. Jenness said it typically goes toward extraction or medical tools. Besides the ham and bean supper on Friday, the firefighters offer fish sandwiches Saturday afternoon and a fish fry later Saturday evening.

Other meals offered by community groups will keep festival goers happily fed and raise funds for other good causes. A pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday morning by the Chrisman Community Club is planned and a chicken noodle dinner by the Chrisman PTO will be ready for Sunday lunch.

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