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Mexico Soybean Festival kicks off this weekend

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 9:46 am

The Mexico, Mo., Jaycees are putting on their Soybean Festival at the end of this week, Aug. 23-24. They say it will be the most fun you’ll have all summer. There will be carnival rides, food and craft vendors, a beer garden, a parade, live entertainment and more.
“Simply put, the Soybean Festival is a Mexico tradition brought to you by the Mexico Jaycees and is fun for all ages,” they said. “Join us in celebrating our town, heritage, agriculture and fun.”
The soybean parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday. It features a wide variety of floats and vehicles from around the Mexico area. The parade regularly features more than 60 entries, ranging from giant farm machinery to small groups of walkers, as well as marching bands, fire trucks, classic cars, and many entries from community organizations and local businesses.
The parade begins at the Mexico High School and ends at the Mexico Square, traveling east on Love Street, turning south on Clark Street, where it proceeds east on Monroe Street around the square, turning south on Jefferson and then exiting at Jackson and Coal. Lineup begins at 10 a.m. at the Mexico High School south parking lot by the gymnasium.
There are some new events this year, such as the barbecue cook-off, a 5k race and a 10K race. There will also be an antique tractor show and free live entertainment. For more information on what will take place during the weekend, see the schedule below.

Friday 8/23
5 p.m.
Beer Garden Opens
Jackson Street
(Between Washington and Jefferson)

5-10 p.m.
Carnival Rides
Auffenberg North Lot

6-6:45 p.m.
Jon Deere Green
Graf & Sons Stage

7-8:15 p.m.
Graf & Sons Stage

8:30-9:15 p.m.
Burney Sisters
Graf & Sons Stage

9:30-11 p.m.
Kay Brothers
Graf & Sons Stage

11:30 p.m.
Beer Garden Closes

Saturday 8/24
7-10 a.m.
Vendor Booth Setup (Corner of Jackson and Jefferson)
Jefferson St. (Promenade to Jackson), Promenade and Jefferson Intersection

10-10:45 a.m.
Parade Lineup
(Mexico High School)

11 a.m.-noon p.m.
Monroe Street, Jefferson Street around the square. Parade exits on Coal street off of Jackson.

11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Carnival Rides
Auffenberg North Lot.

Cornhole Registration (Beer Garden)

Cornhole Tournament (Beer Garden)

Beer Garden Opens
Jackson Street (between Washington and Jefferson)

Brick City Bad Boys Car/Bike Show
Monroe Street (Washington to Jefferson)

Jarrod Turner
Graf & Sons Stage

7:15-8:45 p.m.
Tim Allen
Graf & Sons Stage

The Commancheros
Graf & Sons Stage

11:30 p.m.
Beer Garden Closes​

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