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At last year's Riverfest, Seth Richardson, left, and Jack Underwood discovered a Southern rite of passage - eating barbecue ribs.
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At last year's Riverfest, Seth Richardson, left, and Jack Underwood discovered a Southern rite of passage - eating barbecue ribs.

Round up a good time this weekend

By Patrice Stewart
pstewart@decaturdaily.com · 340-2446

If you're searching for fun this weekend, you won't have to look far. You can stuff your face with barbecue and rock out to music by the river or eat candied apples and corn dogs and take the ferris wheel for a spin at the fairgrounds.

In addition to Riverfest and the Morgan County Fair, you can watch racking horse competition at Priceville or listen to bluegrass music at Eva Frontier Days.

Some of the amateur chefs will feed their friends and neighbors, while several commercial barbecuers will be selling samples and sides (roasted corn, ribbon fries, funnel cakes and ice cream) for lunch, dinner and in between. The Jaycees will sell colas and beer. No coolers or outside food or drink are permitted.

You can get in the gate for $3 ($2 for children 5 and older) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, but at 4 p.m. both days the fee goes up to $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Weekend armbands are $15 each. Proceeds go to local charities.

On Friday, bands will include Dusty French (acoustic), 5 p.m.; Juice, 6:15 p.m.; The Dave Matthews Tribute Band, 7:45 p.m.; and Cowboy Mouth, 9:45 p.m.

The Saturday entertainment schedule includes Nashville singer-songwriter Austin Cunningham, 1 p.m.; Jeff Whitlow and the Old Barn Band, 2:30 p.m.; Ducky Derby race (Volunteer Center of Morgan County fundraiser), 3:30 p.m.; Rollin’ in the Hay, 4 p.m.; barbecue awards, 5 p.m.; King Kotton, 6 p.m.; Paul Thorn Band, 7:45 p.m.; Drivin’ ’n’ Cryin,’ 9:30 p.m.

Children’s activities will be part of the event.

Chairman Carlton McMasters said about 300 parking spaces should be available on site this year, with at least 30 designated handicapped.

Shuttle buses will run a continuous loop, so people can park at either the Morgan County Courthouse or First Baptist Church of Decatur and ride the shuttles (last bus leaves at 11 p.m. both nights).

Ingalls Harbor is on Alabama 20 across from Leon Sheffield Elementary School in Decatur.

For information, see www. decaturjaycees.com.

Riverfest lights up

The smells of smokin’ barbecue and sounds of bands may draw you to Ingalls Harbor over and over Friday and Saturday. That’s where the Decatur Jaycees will host Riverfest for the second year, after moving from Rhodes Ferry Park. This is the 13th year for the festival.

About 70 barbecue teams, both amateur and professional, will cook beef brisket, pork ribs, pork butt, chicken and sauces to try and win a share of the $20,000 in prize money. This is a state barbecue championship competition, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

Anyone who drops by to eat will be a winner, however.

Fair starts today

The carnival workers are readying the rides, games and concessions for the opening of the Morgan County Fair today at 5:30 p.m.

Gates open at noon Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sunday and 5:30 p.m. weekdays and close at midnight Fridays and 10 p.m. Saturday through Thursday. The fair will close Sept. 29.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Children under 6 are free.

Exhibits will be featured in the permanent building on the fairgrounds, located off Modaus Road behind Home Depot. Entertainment and special events are scheduled daily; see listings for each day on the Happenings page in today’s paper.

For more information, visit www.morgancounty-fair.com.

Horse shows starting

The 36th annual Racking Horse World Celebration will begin Saturday at Celebration Arena in Priceville.

Shows are scheduled Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. and all next week at 6 p.m.

For complete details, see the special section inserted in today’s Decatur Daily.

A fair to remember

The carnival workers are readying the rides, games and concessions for the opening of the Morgan County Fair on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Gates open at noon Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sunday and 5:30 p.m. weekdays and close at midnight Fridays and 10 p.m. Saturday through Thursday. The fair will close Sept. 29.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Children under 6 are free. Exhibits will be featured in the permanent building on the fairgrounds, off Modaus Road behind Home Depot. Entertainment and special events are scheduled daily; see listings for each day on in Happenings. For more information, visit www.morgancounty-fair.com.

Ride along, cowboys

The 36th annual Racking Horse World Celebration will begin Saturday at Celebration Arena in Priceville.

Shows are scheduled Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. and all next week at 6 p.m.

For complete details, see the special section in today’s Decatur Daily.

Step into Eva’s ‘Wild West’

Saturday’s events of the 19th annual Eva Frontier Days include a beauty pageant at Eva School at 10 a.m., pickin’ and grinnin’ at 3:30 p.m. and a bluegrass festival starting at 6.

Admission is $6. For more information, call 796-7023 or 796-6981.

On the Net

For information, see www.decaturjaycees.com/riverfest.htm.

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