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— A full day is planned for thisyear's 56th Annual Decatur Barbecue on Friday, August 7.

Following is a schedule for the day's activities:◊7 a.m. - The Fun Run will begin at the Edmiston ball fields with 10K, 5K and 2K races for runners, ages 12 and under, 13-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49 and 50-plus. Registration for the races begins at 6:30 a.m.

There is a $10 registration fee, which includes a Tshirt for the runner.

◊10 a.m. - Games

with a big top circus

theme for kids 10 and

under will be held in

Veterans Park. The activities will include a frog jumping contest, and a turtle dress-up contest.

◊11 a.m. - Chickendinners will be served in Veterans Park and at the Decatur General Store until supplies run out.

◊2:30 p.m. - The Parade willbegin in the old city park and continue down Main Street. Entrants

should be in the old city park for line

up at 1:30 p.m. Prizes for the best float, best vintage vehicle and best mount willbe awarded. Motorcycle riders and tractors are welcome.

◊ 6 p.m. - Miss Decatur Barbecue Pageant casual and interview contest.

◊6:30 p.m. - Tiny Tot Contest for girls and boys, ages 4 to 6.

◊7 p.m. - Formal wear contest and crowning of Miss Decatur Barbecue.

◊7:30 p.m. - Early show with country singer Kyla Horton.

◊9 to 10:30 p.m. - Entertainment by country singer John Conlee.

◊Big Dan Hentschel of radio station US94 will be the emcee for the evening.

◊All Day - Animals from the Wild Wilderness Safari will be on display in Veterans Park, and camel rides willbe available.

There will also be pony rides offered by David Stanfill, inflatables, a rock wall, art and craft vendors, local business exhibits and a farmers market.

The first Decatur Barbecue was held in 1953 as a Peterson Farms get-together, and since then the chicken dinners, live entertainment and pageants have become part of Decatur's heritage.

Community, Pages 3 on 08/05/2009

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