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Howevalley-Vertrees Days set

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Numerous activities planned

By Jeff D'Alessio

The small town of Howevalley will be buzzing with activity Saturday with the annual Howevalley-Vertrees Days festival.

The annual event brings the community together each year with an array of activities catered to young and old. Funds raised go back into the community, said one of the event organizers, Barbara McCamish from the Howevalley-Vertrees Community Club.

"At Thanksgiving and Christmas we had food baskets made for some people who needed them and we work with the school and if someone needs help with an electric bill, we'll help,'' McCamish said.

Events begin tonight and run through a filled day of activities on Saturday.

Pageant registration is from 5:30-8 p.m. today at the Howevalley-Vertrees Community Club. Pageants are scheduled for Friday starting at 7 p.m. in the Howevalley Elementary School gymnasium. A co-ed cornhole tournament is Friday at 7 p.m. as well at the school.

Saturday's activities begin with the 11 a.m. parade, followed by the baby contest in the school gym.

Also Saturday, among the activities will be  a noon car show, Gospel music starting at 1 p.m., a 3 p.m. pie eating contest, an auction led by guest auctioneer Cordell Tabb will be held at 5 p.m. followed by raffles and karaoke.

Craft and food booths also will be in place.

McCamish said "we just want to have people to come out and be interested and to take part.''

Plus, the weather is expected to be pleasant.

"The weather is supposed to be beautiful and that will be a plus,'' she said.

In addition to those activities, there will be inflatables for children, face painting, a cake walk and several games to be played.