By Ben Marshall
MEXICO—Historic Village Square Downtown Mexico was transformed from your average city street to a two day fun filled event with the Mexico Jaycees Soybean Festival both Friday night and Saturday Aug. 23 and 24.
On Friday musical performers such as Jon Deer Green, Bluejay, The Burney Sisters, and The Kay Brothers took to the stage entertaining those on the square, while the carnival rides on the Auffenberg North lot seemed to be the main attraction for the younger generation. The Southern Fun Carnival rides included, but were not limited to the Avenger whisking you into the air and twisting you and your seated partners about at great speed to the Berry ride that gently took you in circles near the ground. There was also a roller coaster named Mike, a Merry Go-Round, a fun house and much more. The POET corn trailer was downtown on the corner of the square for the little ones. And there were those carnival games if you wanted to try your skill and luck.
On Saturday Carnival rides continued beginning at 11 a.m. A corn hole tournament began at 2 p.m. Vendor Booths were open most the day. There was a parade that began at 11a.m. that included, but was not limited to BSA scouts, Mexico High School marching band. The Missouri Military Academy marching band. Mexico Senior Center presented their King and Queen, Freddie and Jeanie Crews in a Volkswagon Bug, as well as their Senior Sweetie Pat Cinello. Miss Zona Rosa 2019 Sarah Kasubke, and Miss Missouri were in the parade, as well as Miss Audrain.
Brady Fox who won 3rd place World in Horseshoes road in the parade, and many, many more were represented with floats, marching, riding, and more.
Monroe Street from Washington to Jefferson were filled with the Brick Cvity Bad Boys Car and Bike Show from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Concerts began at 6 p.m. and continued through the evening with performers such as Jarrod Turner, Tim Allen, and The Commancheros until 11 p.m. as the Mexico Jaycees Soybean Festival came to a close at 11:30 p.m.