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Somerville festival adds baking cook-off, talent show, Grand Prix race to car and tractor show

By Ronnie Thomas 340-2438

Food and crafts vendors and organizations have until Wednesday to reserve space for the third annual Somerville Celebration Festival at the old courthouse. The event is Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There's an even tighter deadline for those who wish to compete in the festival's first talent show. Tryouts are Saturday at 5 p.m. at the courthouse.

Committee member Lisa Powell said the number trying out will dictate how many divisions will be included.

"We're looking for a good turnout but since this is our first show, we're kind of playing it by ear," she said.

Mayor Ray Long said while the festival will maintain a similar format from the inaugural event in 2005, featuring its popular car and tractor show, the committee has added three new events: a baking cook-off for pies, cakes and breads, a talent show and a Pinewood Grand Prix Race.

Entry fee for the miniature car races is $5. Town Clerk Regina Long said racecar kits are available for $3, but competitors can bring their own cars if they meet certain specifications.

"For example, the maximum overall width is less than three inches, the height may not exceed three inches and they cannot weigh more than five ounces," she said.

Shoal Creek Baptist Church, sponsor of the races, is providing the track.

Live musical entertainment will kick off the festival and continue throughout. The committee has invited several bands, including "Free In Deed," "Cotaco Creek," "New Life" and "Shady Creek Band." Also appearing will be John Abbott, who does a Willie Nelson impersonation.

The mayor said he expects another good turnout for the car and tractor show. There is no entry fee but those who wish to show their vehicles must register at the courthouse the morning of the festival.

The committee will award door prizes starting at 10 a.m.

Those who wish to rent booths should call 778-8282. The 10-by-20-foot booths are $20 each, $35 if electrical outlets are needed. All proceeds go toward courthouse restoration.

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