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Republic digs in for Prospectors

Festival includes music, parades, ‘Beer’d’ contest

— The town’s annual celebration, Prospectors’ Days, begins Friday and will continue through the weekend with a bevy of activities from bingo to music and from a fun run to a softball tournament.

“We’ve got a great music line-up and a variety of events that should provide fun for everybody,” Republic Chamber of Commerce President Jim Milner said. “We’re proud of our town.”

Many of the event’s traditional favorites are back, including the downtown parade, prospectors’ jail, soap box derby, gold panning and logging events.

Joining them are a “Beer’d” contest offered by Republic Brewing Co. and a dunk tank Friday and Saturday.

“Quite a few politicians are scheduled for that,” Milner said.

The Can-Can Girls and Prospector Willy, longtime fixtures of the celebration, will welcome people to the 57th annual celebration.

People can park at the school, 30306 state Highway 21 and catch a shuttle into town, or park on one of the side streets. Designated disabled parking will be available downtown.

Pre-festival activities include a kick-off dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at K Diamond K Guest Ranch, 15661 state Highway 21 S., followed by chamber bingo at the ranch.

All-day activities on Friday include the prospectors’ jail on Clark Avenue, petting zoo in Patterson Park, vendors in the park and on West Delaware Avenue, live music in the park and the Paradise Amusements carnival on Seventh Avenue between Clark and Keller avenues.

For the jail, people can purchase a “warrant” to put someone in the hoosegow. People can buy armbands to deflect a warrant, and those who are jailed can bail their way out.

The chamber and Curlew Job Corps students benefit from the jail.

The Friday Market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Clark Avenue.

Music starts at 11 a.m., with Sandie and Friends, Kristen Ricard, Faded Neon, Mary Ciais, Luke Crosthwaite and Sara Brown.

Following Brown is the 5:30 p.m. children’s parade. Music starts again at 7 p.m. with The Wasteland Kings.

The brewery’s Beer’d Contest is at 7:30 p.m., with an 8-11 p.m. street dance wrapping up Friday activities.

People can compete for prizes in several categories: Best natural beard and mustache, most creatively groomed beard and mustache, all-around most hairy, biggest creep award and “most critters in your beard.”

Saturday brings the continuation of the carnival, petting zoo, vendors, music and prospectors’ jail.

A Kiwanis pancake breakfast is at 7 a.m., followed by mining events at 8 a.m. The Gold Rush Run starts at 9 a.m. on Clark Avenue, as does a classic car show.

The run benefits the Republic High School cross country team.

Gold panning is at 10 a.m., with the 3-on-3 basketball tournament at 10:30 a.m. on Clark Avenue between Delaware and Seventh avenues. Music starts 15 minutes later with The Halfway There Band on stage.

A shoot-out will be at noon, followed by the parade on Clark Avenue.

Music continues at 12:15 p.m. with Los Rusteros. Other afternoon performers are Robin Barrett and Coyote Kings, Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method, CD Woodbury Band and The Fast Tones.

The soap box derby is at 2 p.m. on the East Delaware Street hill and the horseshoe tournament is at 3 p.m. near Anderson’s Grocery, 711 S. Clark Ave.

Dirt track racing is at 2 p.m. at Eagle Track Raceway on Pendry Road south of town.

Sunday activities include a free children’s fossil dig at Stonerose Interpretive Center and Eocene Fossil site, 15 N. Kean St., and vendors in Patterson Park.

A softball tournament starts at 9 a.m. at Dragnich Fields east of town and a community church service will be at 10 a.m. in Patterson Park.

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