By Ben Marshall
MARTINSBURG—Friday evening and all day Saturday people gathered for the 2019 Martinsburg Picnic.
The Kountry Kickers danced there way across the USA with music representing Missouri and various other states across the country.
The Merry Martins 4-H Club sponsored a ring toss for the children, with the prize being a 2 liter bottle of soda if they could ring a bottle.
There was the Little Mr. and Little Miss contest along with the Baby Show, which was one of the highlights for the parents, grandparents, and others.
The washer tournament was rescheduled for Saturday; however the turtle and frog races for the children, and the super farmer contest for children through adults, were a big draw.
Saturday evening was topped off by country music artist, Kamber Cain, performing various songs, as well as many of her own original songs.
Saturday the Martinsburg Picnic was kicked off by the annual parade, where the theme for this year was, “Let’s have a slam dunk, grand slam, touchdown kind of picnic.” Many of the vehicles, tractors, and floats throughout, displayed the theme as well.
The Martinsburg Woodmen of America building featured displays of kitchen memories. There were photos of past Martinsburg cooks, as well as their favorite recipes throughout; and there were also displays of other items from days gone by that were common in the early days of good home cooking. Also, included on display were some quilting and sewing items along with books for sale of past Martinsburg Picnics.
Out in front of the Woodmen of America, building Lyndal Barker was present to sign and sell his publication of many aspects of the history of Benton City that is not far from Martinsburg.
The Martinsburg old city jail was open for tours, and within the walls of the lobby was display of various Martinsburg ball teams from throughout the years.
Saturday afternoon following the parade was the pedal tractor pull that is primarily for children; however a larger pedal pull tractor enables the teens and adults to show off their own pedal power.
The Martinsburg Community Church held an open house from 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. They serviced punch and cookies.
The afternoon also featured the MWA hoop shoot, as well as children’s games that began at 3 p.m.
The bounce houses and the rock wall were once again big hits.
Saturday evening, the Martinsburg Picnic came to a close with Outlaw Country and Rock and Roll performer Kelly Stanford giving a concert from 8 p.m.-midnight.