Andrews to host Western Days Aug. 13-16; adds new Mud Bogs to calendar

Jordan West drives a tractor onto the scales so it can be weighed by Brad Eads before the start of the 2008 Andrews Western Days Tractor Pull. This year's pull is on Saturday, Aug. 15.

The Town of Andrews will be hosting Andrews Western Days, Aug. 13 through 16, providing a wide variety of activities throughout the weekend.

New this year are the "Mud Bogs" on Saturday, Aug. 15.

The action kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 13, with carnival rides and games for all, at 6 p.m.

Also, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the will be musical entertainment via a live DJ as well as karaoke.

An all-day community-wide yard sale will be held on Friday, Aug. 14.

Carnival rides and games resume at 4 p.m. as well as a variety of craft booths and vendors.

The Army National Guard sponsors a rock wall at 4 p.m.
From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Grace Apostolic Church will host an Ice Cream Social at the church, located at 91 Snowden St.

Live entertainment will be provided by Seventh Sunset, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The winner of the Cutie Contest will be announced at 8 p.m. at the main stage, downtown. Voting can be done at the Andrews Dairy Store. One boy and one girl will be crowned Western Days Cuties.

The community yard sale continues on Saturday.

From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Andrews Church of the Brethren will hold a pancake and sausage breakfast and biscuit and sausage breakfast. The church is located on McKeever Street.

The Friends of the Library will host a bake sale from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and a book sale, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the library.

Line up for the parade starts at 9 a.m. at Andrews Elementary School. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and the route starts at the school and ends at Andrews Volunteer Fire Depart-ment.

Parade entries are still being accepted. For information, call Slim Fouts at 786-3221 or Don Morgan at 786-0254.

New this year is a pet parade, which will be held at 11:30 a.m. following the regular parade. Prizes will be awarded to first and second place in two age categories.

The fire department also sponsors a dead weight tractor pull at noon, at the fire station. Weigh-in begins at 10 a.m.

The rock wall will open to the public at 11 a.m. as well as the craft booths.

A hula hoop contest will be offered for children in two different age groups, at 12:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place finishers in each group.

The committee hosts "Mud Bogs," starting at 11 a.m. with sign ups. Mud Bogs will take place at the end of Terrell Street in the city lot, starting at noon.

There is a cost for admission and children 5 years and under will be admitted free of charge. Concessions will also be available on site.

At 1 p.m., a horse shoe tournament will be held at the corner of Market and Jackson streets. Sign-up is at noon and the event is hosted by the festival committee.

Live music will be provided by a gospel singer from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the main stage downtown. Andrews Wesleyan Church sponsors the entertainment.

From 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Army National Guard sponsors a mechanical bull ride.

The festival committee hosts Linda Lee and the Noble Creek Band, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Following the band's performance, Miller's Pub and Snyder's Auctions sponsor the fireworks show.

The festival wraps up on Sunday, Aug. 16, with a free community picnic, at the fire station, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the food is gone. The event is sponsored by the Army National Guard.