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Somerville Festival

Somerville Festival kicks off Saturday
By Ronnie Thomas

SOMERVILLE — There will be something for everyone attending the seventh annual Somerville Celebration Festival on Saturday.

But arguably the best way to get started is with the pancake breakfast at the Old Historic Somerville Courthouse at 7 a.m. The breakfast kicks off the event, and the celebration is a direct link to the town’s restoration efforts of the majestic structure.

“We’re excited about this year,” said Somerville Mayor Darren Tucker. “Each and every year, we’ve tried to make the festival a little bigger. For example, we’re making an effort to give more door prizes this year. And if the weather accommodates, we should be in good shape for attendance.”

Tucker also wants to use this year’s festival as a steppingstone to the 2012 milestone event, when the courthouse marks its 175th anniversary.

Be ready for a fast-paced day of activities Saturday.

Runners should register by 7:30 a.m. for both the 5K run and the 1-mile fun run for children 10 and younger.

And while the pancake breakfast wraps up at 10 a.m., music will already be under way.

Also, food vendors will be offering other tasty goods.

The Morgan County Cattleman’s Association will tease the taste buds with steak sandwiches, and JW Steakhouse of Priceville will offer barbecue, funnel cakes, popcorn, nachos, tea and lemonade.

Assistant Town Clerk Samantha Perdue said members of the Somerville Celebration Committee will be the only other food vendor on site.

“We will have bottled water, can drinks and hot dogs and hamburgers,” Perdue said. “All of the committee’s proceeds, including the money raised by the pancake breakfast, go toward restoration of the courthouse.”

Other vendors will be selling crafts, including quilts, handbags, jewelry, crocheted items and even toy tractors.

Other than the 1-mile fun run, other children’s activities will include a play area with inflatables and bouncy houses, and“Down on the Farm” with pony rides.

Sheena Dugger, chairwoman of the celebration committee, said the organizers also plan a dunking booth.

“We will accept donations, just as we are for the pancake breakfast, and donations to the dunking booth will go toward tornado relief,” she said. “We invite everybody to get behind that effort, too, and we’ll have our local officials to take a bath.”
The festival wraps up at 2 p.m.

Festival singers

Performers at the seventh annual Somerville Celebration Festival:

  • Jerry Grantland and Rick Sharp — 9 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Alaina Wiley — 9:30 to 10 a.m.
  • Taylor McClain — 10 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Glenn Wood & Cross Cut — 10:45 a.m. to noon
  • Plus 1 — 12:15 to 1 p.m.
  • Leslee Scott — 12:15 to 1 p.m.