The fifth annual Festival of Yesteryear is Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Raymondville Fairgrounds. The northwest Texas County community of Roby also has a community event planned today — a parade starts at 10 a.m. and there were a variety of music, activities and games.

The free Roby event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and feature numerous attractions and activities.

At Raymondville: Included on the schedule are live music by Roy Stephenson and Together Again (from 10 to 11 a.m. and again from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and the Rhubarb Jam Band (from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.), an 1800s costume contest at 11 a.m. (for babies to kids age 12), a performance by “Strongman Steve” Schmidt at 1 p.m. and an old-fashioned pie baking contest with judging at 2 p.m.

There will also be numerous kids’ games, dancing, and many food items available. Antique cars and trucks and several demolition derby vehicles will be on display, and a group of Civil War re-enactors is expected to be on hand.

Vendor booths will be set up offering various arts and crafts items and other products, and representatives of two organizations will have educational displays, including the Missouri Department of Conservation’s George O. White State Forest Nursery and a Missouri Clean Streams group.

An Air-Evac Lifeteam helicopter will land at the grounds, and its crew will answer questions before taking off.

The event has no admission fee and parking is free. Proceeds will benefit the Raymondville Volunteer Fire Department.

For more information, or to inquire about the costume contest or setting up a vendor booth, call Sharon Baker at 417-217-3924 or Helen Ward at 417-457-9219.

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