Returning once again this year to Dairy Days as the entertainment headliner will be an exciting, popular up-and-coming group called Jet Black and the Cadillacs. This group was named the IMEA country group/band of the year. The group will be on stage from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday night. Bring your lawn chairs and listen in.
September 22 means two things this year: the first day of autumn and more importantly, it is DAIRY DAY. One of the most anticipated events of autumn is nearly upon us as the community of Norris City celebrates its 72ND annual Dairy Days. For the youngsters, it’s a time of anticipation and excitement, beginning with the closing of the roads and the first glimpses of the carnival rides as they are moved into place Thursday evening. The excitement builds even more with the dismissal of school on Friday afternoon, and the kids finally make it to the midway for a week-end of rides, games, carnival food, and fun with friends. For many of the older set, it is a homecoming week-end and a chance for seeing and visiting with old friends, classmates, etc. No matter what the age, all would agree that Dairy Days is a very special once a year week-end.
The theme for this year’s event is based on it being an Olympic year; therefore, “Running for the Gold ‘til the Cows Come Home” is our theme.
Activities will kick off Friday evening, September 21, at 5:00 P.M. with the annual American Legion Auxiliary cakewalk, which will run through 6:30 p.m. At that time, the NCOE Jazz Band will take center stage with an entertaining performance. Once again patrons will see the return of the modernistic stage and sound system. As in years past, the Norris City Museum will be open from 4:00 to 8:00, and the Arts and Crafts and Quilt Guild show will be open from 4:00 to 8:00 at the Indian Creek Township Senior Citizens and Community Center. Friday evening from 5:00 to 10:00 will be Arm Band Night for the Mofield Little Egypt rides. This is the only time the armbands will be available for use.
Friday night’s featured activities will see a major scheduling change from years past, as all of the various pageants will be conducted that night starting with the Baby Contest at 7:00. Following the baby contest in short order will be the Little Miss & Mr. Tot contest, the Princess Contest, and, finally, the Queen Contest. The Jr. Miss contest will be conducted during the intermission of the queen contest. This change was made in an attempt to better accommodate the schedules of our younger
Saturday morning, September 22, you can start your day with a biscuits and gravy breakfast served by the Lions Club in their building from 7:30 until 10:00. You can then join your neighbors as you witness to the world in the Walk in Faith event. The approximately thirty-minute walk will begin at 8:00 A.M. at the NCOE High School. All are welcome to participate.
The annual Warren McKenzie Memorial Washer Pitching Tournament will kick off at 9:00 A.M. Contestants should note the new location this year: the vacant lot behind Doug’s and across the street from the American Legion next to the old polling place building. Again this year, both singles and doubles tournaments will be conducted on Saturday morning. There will be no washer pitching on Friday evening. Following the washer pitching, the annual corn hole tourney will be staged in the same location starting at 12:00 P.M.
At 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, the popular Kid and Pet Parade will take place. Please note that this begins an hour earlier than in years past. Check The Voice for categories. It is always interesting to see how the children dress according to the festival theme. Immediately following this parade, the NC-O Grade School PTO kids’ games and cakewalk will be held in front of the stage.
Filling the time slot usually occupied by the kiddie pageants, members of the NCOE Student Council will be on stage with their unique version of the “Newly Weds Game.” It sounds as if it will be quite entertaining.
The annual Dairy Days Parade celebrating this year’s theme, “Running for the Gold ‘til the Cows Come Home,” is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. This year’s parade marshal is Kern Doerner. Kern is a native of Norris City and spent his youth here before embarking on a career as an educator in which he served as superintendent of both the Clay City and Noble school systems. Upon his retirement, he returned home and has served as an Indian Creek Township trustee and most recently as township supervisor. Kern and his wife Mary Ella are devoted supporters of the NCOE athletic teams.
Following the parade, returning once again this year as the entertainment headliner will be an exciting, popular up-and coming group called Jet Black and the Cadillacs. This group was named the IMEA country group/band of the year. The group will be on stage from 7:00 – 10:00 P.M. Bring your lawn chairs and listen in comfort.
At 9:00 P.M. the various community and organizational drawings and giveaways will be conducted on the stage.
So, come on down for a great time. Enjoy the music, see your friends, and “gobble til you wobble!” There will be something at Dairy Days for everyone. Hope to see you there!