The Raymondville Volunteer Fire Department’s fourth annual ‘Festival of Yesteryear’ will take place today (Oct. 21).

The event runs from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. with free admission, and will feature a variety of events and activities for all ages.

The festival will begin with the national anthem, pledge and prayer. The day will include demonstrations of traditional skills such as blacksmithing, pottery making, spinning, the making of traditional toys, oil painting, leatherworks, puzzle lamps, chair caning, baskets and woodworking. Many of the craftsmen will participate in a living history of traditional clothing including several men in Confederate uniforms.

The Raymondville United Methodist Church will hold a raffle for an ATV. The fire department’s raffle will offer a hunter’s cross-bow with a full complement necessary accessories. All raffle tickets are $1 for one chance or $5 for six chances.

Additional venders include extensive booth selections of arts and crafts including locally made stained glass and jewelry, and natural honey, and homemade fudge and candies and other foods will be for sale.  The local Missouri Department of Conservation tree farm will have a table with information about care for local trees, and will also be selling tree starts.

The Raymondville FD will take orders for custom made T-shirts.

Activities will also include Scottish dancers and presentations by the “Star Foundation Cloggers,” who have won two major awards. Live music is planned, including gospel, big band and other favorites. Hay rides, bingo, children’s train rides and other games for all ages will round out the special attractions.

Several non-profit organizations will have food booths. The Blue Heaven Club will offer hamburgers, cheeseburgers and chili-burgers. The Raymondville Parent Teacher’s Organization will serve hot dogs, funnel cakes and fried Oreo cookies. The fire department will offer homemade baked goods, pork rinds and kettle-corn, and the Village of Raymondville will sell soft drinks.

Chair caning

Koshkonong resident Jeanette Bragg demonstrates “chair caning” at the 2014 Festival of Yesteryear in Raymondville.

9:45 a.m.: National anthem, pledge of allegiance, prayer

10-11 a.m.: Roy Stevenson & Together Again

11-11:30 a.m.: STARS Foundation Cloggers

11:30-noon: Roy Stevenson again

Noon-1 p.m.: Scottish dancers

1-3 p.m.: First Day praise and worship

3-4 p.m.: Stongman Steve

4-6 p.m.:  Rebecca White – big band and kids music


1 p.m.: Many kids games

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