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Aledo prepares for seventh annual Antique Days

Robert Blackford/Editor
Antiques, entertainment and food are on tap for the seventh annual Aledo Antique Days, set for Saturday, Sept. 13.

Volunteers all over Aledo are getting prepared for the seventh annual Antique Days celebration Saturday, Sept. 13.  "It's grown so much," said Aledo Main Street program director Pam Myers. While there has been growth each year, Myers said, "I think we've kept the growth true to heritage tourism."

Myers added, "I appreciate the businesses and organizations for their help during this event."

Food

"If you go away hungry its your own fault," joked Myers.

Members of the Aledo Volunteer Fire Department will hold a pancake breakfast from 6-10 a.m. at the fire station at 200 NE Second Street in Aledo.

From 11-3 p.m. the Kiwanis will be selling pork chops in Central Park.

Several food vendors will be located in the Central Park Parking lot including Maggie Doodle dogs. "There will be kettle corn, sweet almonds, elephant ears and plenty of bake sales," said Myers. "We also have several new restaurants in town." 

Band shell

The band shell will be filled throughout the day with musicians and finally - a movie.

From 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. there will be a Hammered Dulcimer. From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Cunninghams will perform.

From 1-3 p.m. Tony Hoepper and Friends will play jazz, blues and some rock and roll music.

From 3-4 p.m. Vicki Butler will sing.

Myers said Aledo High School music teacher Rusty Ruggles may be on hand to play the sax if needed.

At "dark-thirty" the Cinema at Central Movie  Remember the Titans will play at the band shell. Myers promised a 'special guest,' would appear at Remember the Titans.

Entertainment

From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. visitors are invited to stop by the horsehoe pitching pit on Southwest Second Street behind Salon on Second.

Here will be an open house at the the Aledo Depot from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Visitors are invited to see the refurbished train depot and tour the train parked alongside.

New for this year

New for this year is the Vintage Stroll from 1-5 p.m. (See related story) and the Friends of the Library Book Sale located at historic Mercer Carnegie Library at 200 North College Avenue. There will be a tractor show and engine show from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Central Park Parking lot. Several kids activities are planned from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. including a jumping balloon, face painting, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, pony rides, a cake walk and many more.

Other attractions

From 6-8 p.m. members of the Aledo and Viola fire departments will play a softball game in full bunker gear and fire boots at the Fenton Park ball diamond at the end of SE 2nd Ave.

From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. there will be many quality antique dealers set up around Mercer County Courthouse.

The Main Street Car Cruz lasts from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on East and West Main Street.

Pioneer demonstrations will begin at 10 a.m. and to throughout the day. These activities are sponsored by the Mercer County Historical Society. The Essley Nobel Museum at 1406 SE 2nd Ave. will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

There will be a guided historic walking tour at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. by one of Aledo's early businessmen, Hugh Morrison (portrayed by Mike Millar.) Six or seven historic buildings will be showcased.

Wall Bash

There will be a Wall Bash going on all weekend at 204 SW 2nd Ave. (Shirt Tales). A historic mural will be painted on the north side of the wall there. The mural will depict the Aledo Threshing Company. Exterior walls throughout the city feature many murals. This trend started during Aledo's Sesquicentennial celebration in 2005 and continues today.