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“The Wild West” is the theme for the 19th annual Eva Frontier Days. Will Weaver, left, Kyle Frost on Charlie the horse, Jennifer Frost, Callie Frost and Jeff Frost with Freckles, in their traditional Western clothes.
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“The Wild West” is the theme for the 19th annual Eva Frontier Days. Will Weaver, left, Kyle Frost on Charlie the horse, Jennifer Frost, Callie Frost and Jeff Frost with Freckles, in their traditional Western clothes.

Saddle up for Frontier Days
Eva awaits word from Guinness about last year’s hayride

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com · 340-2438

EVA — Cowboys, cowgirls and their prize steeds get another tip of the hat starting here Saturday, as the remake of the western classic, “3:10 to Yuma,” treks across movie screens.

“The Wild West” is the theme the sponsoring Eva Art Guild designated for the 19th annual Eva Frontier Days, which packs in numerous activities over an eight-day span.

The event begins with a beauty pageant at Eva School at 10 a.m. Folks are invited to break out their instruments and come to the school at 3:30 p.m. for picking and grinning.

At 6, Eva native Stan Nelson and Hurricane Creek headline a bluegrass festival that also will feature three other bands. Admission to the festival is $6.

A hayride, starting at Eva Saddle Club, is Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m., when tractors and trucks pull trailers laden with hay. Admission is $1 but at the end of the trail, riders get a hot dog and soft drink.

The sponsor invites residents to a community singing Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Eva Frontier Days wrap up with an all-day affair Sept. 29.

‘Eva Idol’

A new wrinkle to the final day is the addition of “Eva Idol,” based on “American Idol.” Tryouts are Monday at 6 p.m. at Eva Community Center on Eva Road.

“Any child or adult who wants to entertain is welcome,” said Barbara Frost, secretary of Eva Art Guild. “We’ll have different divisions for the competition.”

One thing for sure, as this year’s hayride rolls along, Frost and other members of the Guild will have their minds on the Guinness World Records, formerly known as the Guinness Book of Records.

“After last year’s ride, we began thinking about what a big turnout we had, more than 800,” Frost said. “We wondered if it might be a record for Guinness.”

So, Frost said, one of the members, Udell Livingston, got on the phone to London in December.

“They told her there was no category for the largest number of people in a hayride,” Frost said. “But they told Udell they might create one. They sent forms, and we applied.”

Frost said the Guild had to send verifications from three people in public office not affiliated with the group who attended the event and who state that the number was accurate.

“We got (Morgan County) Sheriff Greg Bartlett, (Morgan County District 4) Commissioner Stacy George and former commissioner Richard Lyons to do that for us,” she said. “We also had to mail photographs of the hayride.”

The upside, Frost mused, is what a thrill that would be for Eva.

The downside?

“It could be a couple of years before we know,” she said. Frontier Days schedule

Saturday:

  • Beauty pageant at Eva School, 10 a.m.

  • Picking and grinning, 3:30 p.m.

  • Bluegrass festival at 6 p.m. (admission $6)

    Sept. 25:

    Hayride at Eva Saddle Club, 6:30 p.m.

    Sept. 27:

    Community singing, 7 p.m.

    Sept. 29:

  • Registration for antique tractor and car show starts, 9 a.m.

  • Parade, 11 a.m.

  • Craft show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Fun run at Eva School, 9 a.m.

  • Baking contest (cash awards), 10:30 a.m.

  • Best dressed contest, noon

  • Live entertainment, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Eva Idol, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Pig calling contest, 3 p.m.

  • Frog jumping contest, 4 p.m. at ballpark

  • Greased pig contest, 5 p.m. at ballpark

    For more information, call Barbara Frost at 796-7023 or Cynthia Weaver at 796-6981.

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