Morrisonville Homecoming Returns

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The 93rd annual Morrisonville Picnic and Homecoming is sure to provide loads of family fun this week, Thursday, July 29, Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31.

Carnival rides will run from 5 to 10 p.m., on Thursday and Friday, and from 2 to 10 p.m., on Saturday. Armbands may be purchased for $25 apiece on Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at a cost of $1 per ticket or $20 for 24 tickets. The Morrisonville Police Department will give away a children’s bicycle at 9:15 p.m., on Friday and Saturday nights at the carnival ticket booth. Participants must be present to win.

The Morrisonville High School Student Council and National Honor Society have teamed up to provide transportation services between the Knights of Columbus Hall and the park area each evening of the picnic from 5 p.m. to the end of stage events. Check in as at the Knights of Columbus parking lot. These services are provided to anyone in need of assistance on a donation basis.

Homecoming attendees can test their luck at Community Club Bingo which will run from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., each night of the celebration. Additional hours will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday. 

Morrisonville Homecoming and Picnic festivities will kick off on Thursday, July 29. Families with small children will want to head to the stage area to check out the Scoville Zoo Animals from 5 to 7 p.m., and the petting zoo from 5 to 9 p.m. Registration for the Washer Tournament will take place from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., with the friendly competition slated to begin at 6:15 p.m. Entry fees are set at $10 per person with prizes to be awarded for top places.

The flag raising ceremony and prayer will open the evening’s on stage entertainment at 6 p.m. The Little Miss Community Queen and Little Mister Community King pageants will start at 7:45 p.m., followed by the Junior Miss Community Queen pageant at 9 p.m., both on the stage. Attendees are reminded to bring their own lawn chairs. The 2019 royalty, Macie Daugherty, Reece Ernst and Abigail Lipe will retire their crowns.  Cody Lee Moomey will close out Thursday night’s festivities with a live performance at the beer tent from 9 p.m. to midnight.

The Antique tractor show will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 30. Registration for the show will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. Events include men and women tractor rodeo games, traveling the farthest to the show, favorite IH and John Deere and more. Cash prizes will be awarded. For more information contact Brian Grundy at 217-823-9874 or Joe Grundy at 217-823-9876.

Registration for the 49th annual frog jump will be open from 1 to 6 p.m., with the contest to begin at 3 p.m., at Col. Morrison’s Water Hole, across from the park. Entry fees are set at $3 per frog and there is no limit on entries. T-shirts will be available for purchase starting at 1 p.m.

The petting zoo will open at noon. Josh McVicar the Trickster will awe crowds with his roaming magic act from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Kiddie Parade will start at 5:15 p.m. on Friday. Children up to eight years old are eligible to participate. Prizes will be awarded in the classes of out-of-town division, Morrisonville district division, walking division and tricycle division. The kid’s activities will continue with the Pedal Tractor Pull at 6 p.m. This event is open to children ages four, five, six, seven and eight years old. Pedal tractors will be furnished and everyone will leave with a prize.

Attendees may once-again test their luck at Community Club Bingo from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The Newlywed Game will be held on the stage at 7 p.m., followed by 4-H Group Presentations at 8:30 p.m.

Miss Community Queen 2019 Carly Goebel will retire her crown during the 2021 Miss Community Queen pageant on Friday night. The pageant will begin at 9 p.m., on the stage. After the pageant head over to the beer tent to catch a live performance from  The Get Down from 9 p.m. to midnight.

The final day of the  Morrisonville Picnic and Homecoming will continue on Saturday, July 31, with the parade. Lineup will begin at 10 a.m., with the parade to step off at 11 a.m. This year’s theme is “What a Year.” Classes include organizations, businesses and individuals, commercial, out-of-town, decorated automobiles, out-of-town decorated automobiles, and comic. Parade winners will be announced at 12:15 p.m.

This year’s Grand Marshals are long time residents of Morrisonville Mark and Deb Forbes. The couple started their trucking business, M&D Forbes, Inc., in Morrisonville and are actively involved in the community.

Registration for the Bags Tournament will be held from noon to 1 p.m., with the tournament to start at 1 p.m. Fees are $10 per participant with cash prizes to be awarded for top places.

The Car Show Swap Meet starts at 1 p.m., rain or shine.   This is a judged show and awards will be given for best paint, people’s choice, longest distance, best Chrysler product, best Ford product, best GM product, best motorcycle and The Ryan Bethard Memorial. Trophies will be awarded at 7 p.m. For more information contact Jarrod Millburg at 217-823-0702, Bill O’Connell at 217-526-3837 or Dereke Dunkirk at 217-526-3462.  

The petting zoo will open at 10 a.m. Carnival rides will run from 2 to 10 p.m., with golf cart transportation available during the same time period. The Scavenger Hunt will begin at 3 p.m. The challenging game is open to those ages 7 to 15 years old and the winner will receive $50.

The winner of the Community Club Gun Raffle will be announced at 8 p.m. Only 100 tickets will be sold, at a cost of $10 per ticket. The winner must have a valid FOID card and is responsible for all transfer fees.

Jameson Freeway will finish off the Morrisonville Homecoming festivities with a live performance from 8 p.m. to midnight in front of the beer tent.

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