The Modern Woodmen of America Camp No. 2556 are just three weekends away from hosting the annual Martinsburg Picnic August 18-19 in Martinsburg.
This year’s event starts on Friday evening with several events.
A “Through the Years-Martinsburg” exhibit will include the new Martinsburg history book along with other photos from the past. It will be open from 5:30-6 p.m. Books cost $25 and only five books will be for sale inside the MWA Building.
A Baby Contest starts at 6 p.m. For ages birth-24 months. Babies must be presented in plain white T-shirts and diapers or shorts.
The Little Mr. And Little Miss Contest will follow for ages 3-5 with the winner riding in Saturday’s parade. This event is sponsored by Lisa Householder, of “Ultimate Image.”
Also at 6 p.m. will be the start of registration for the Washer Tournament, which starts at 7 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded. For more information on that event, call Matt Vomund at 573-564-8131.
There will also be turtle and frog races sponsored by the Jr. MWA as well as a Cake Walk sponsored by the Merry Martins 4-H Club.
The Audrain County R-VI FFA will be helping with a Super Farmer Contest. Events include stick horse (juniors), wife carry (adults), egg scramble, grain shoveling, hay stacking, and others. Categories include child contest (ages 12 and under), junior contest (ages 13-16), and adult super farmer (ages 17 and over). Entry fee is $5 per team with the top three teams getting prizes, including the first place team getting a 50% payback. Sign-up for the Super Farmer Contest is 7 p.m.
Entertainment for the evening features music by the “Lost Laddonia Boys” from 6-9 p.m. In the Beer Garden and the Martinsburg Line Dancers “Music Through the Years” at 8:15 p.m.
A fun-filled Saturday starts with the Floriculture and Horticulture Contest. Registration for the entries will be from 9:30-10 a.m.
Adult categories include Best Zinnia (large and small variety), Best Marigold (large and small variety), Best Tractor Themed Floral Arrangement, Best Potatoes (set of six), Best Onions (set of six), Best Rose, Best Succulents, Best Kitchen Floral Arrangement, Best Tomatoes (set of six), and Best Stalk of Corn.
Children categories for ages 12 and under include Best Tomatoes (set of six), Best American Idol Themed Arrangement (choose your favorite singer, sports idol, actor/actress, and design an arrangement around them), and Best Sunflower.
From 10 a.m.-7 p.m., the “Through the Years-Martinsburg” display along with history book sales (five book limit) and photos from the past will be featured in the MWA Building.
The annual parade with the theme “Martinsburg Through the Years” will be held at 11 a.m. Prizes are being donated by the Knights of Columbus No. 1270. Line-up starts at 10 a.m. at the stop sign on Highway 19. Judging starts at 10 a.m. Sharp.
Awards will be given for theme float, antique tractor, antique original vehicle, classic vehicle, kid’s entry, along with horse and rider.
A truck and tractor display will be at the picnic grounds following the parade.
On Saturday afternoon, there will be a pedal tractor pull after the parade for boys and girls ages 4-12 with ribbons being awarded to the top three places. The MWA thanks Ron and Sherri Deimeke for the use of the pedal tractors and sleds.
Kids games start at 3 p.m. They include a money scramble, bubble gum toss, three-legged race, sack race, hula hoop contest, and tug-of-war.
The Community R-VI Booster Club is sponsoring the Trojan Shoot-Out as the competition starts at 1 p.m. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m.
There will be contests for free throws, 3-pointers, and perimeter shooting. Age divisions have yet to be determined. The entry fee is $3 and ribbons will be awarded for the top three places.
The Mario Manzini Family Magic Show will entertain the crowd from 7-8 p.m. followed by music from Kelly Stanford from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
The day also includes kids carnival games, courtesy of the Community R-VI FBLA, and a Dunking Stand-NCYC.
Concessions include cotton candy (NCYC), fish and potatoes (Knights of Columbus No. 1270), pork sandwiches (Audrain County Pork Producers), and beverages (American Legion Post No. 3556).