COMMERCE - The Annual Commerce Floodfest is set for Sept. 24-26 and this year's event offers a variety of activities for the public to enjoy.
Girls and boys will compete in a "Nifty Fifties" pageant on Friday. Events begin at 6 p.m. for Little Junior Mister and Miss Pageant for children ages birth to 2 years; Little Miss and Mister, ages 3-5; Miss for ages 6-8; Junior Miss for ages 9-12; and the Teen Miss pageant for ages 13-15. The pageants will be held by the old pool hall at 105 Washington St. Following the pageants will be a dance with Crossfire providing entertainment until 10 p.m. The Corner Bar and Grill at 401 Water St. will offer food and beverages from 5 p.m. until midnight.
All contestants will compete in styles relating to the 1950s. Remember the poodle skirts that came below the knee, full skirts and can-cans? Prizes in each age group will be awarded. Kings and queens will receive a crown, sash, trophy and $20 cash prize. The first runner-up will receive a $15 cash gift and the second runner-up will be awarded a $5 cash prize. Both runners-up will also receive a sash and trophy. Entry fee is $5 if paid before Monday and $8 if paid after that date. Call (573) 264-3060 for information or 264-3900 for an entry form.
The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 am. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 203 Missouri St.
Saturday's events will be held in the city park. Classy Chassy Country will entertain from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to rides, games, stagecoach rides and a jail, remote car races are set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; chicken and dumpling dinner at the Methodist Church; a horseshoe tournament and washer tournament at noon at the horseshoe pits ($5 entry fee; call 264-3378 for information or leave a message at 264-3900); hula hoop contest at 1 p.m.; the Better Community Club Cake Walk at 2 p.m.; turtle races at 3 p.m. (bring your own turtles). Also at 3 p.m. will be a fish fry, courtesy of Mrs. Sherry's Early Learning Center.
Also on Saturday entertainment with Crossfire and dancing will be held by the old pool hall. Food and beverages will be available all day at the Corner Bar and Grill.
Sunday starts with Classy Chassy Country from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the city park, where stagecoach rides, games, food and rides will again be available. Horseshoe tournaments and washer contests resume at noon Sunday at the horseshoe pits. Sunday's turtle races start at 1 p.m.; a lawn mowing race starts at 1:30 pm.. at High's RV Park and the Better Community Club has planned a "Surprise Walk" at 2 p.m. The Corner Bar and Grill will open at 10 a.m.
Sunday's Karaoke Contests are set for 3 p.m. for ages 4-12; 3:30 p.m. for ages 13-18; and 4 p.m. for ages 19 and older. Entry fee is $5 per person (or group) per contest and prizes will be awarded. First place will receive a trophy plus $10 and the second place winner will receive a $5 cash prize.
Call Leroy or Becki at (573) 262-3000 or 262-2203 for a list of songs provided by Classy Chassy Country and "C"araoke. Performers are welcome to provide their own CD to sing with, if desired.