White Mills Days is this weekend and it comes with a full schedule of activities.

It all starts Friday night at 6 with a pet show and cake walk followed by a hog calling and husband calling contest. Most events are located at the White Mills Christian camp along the Nolin River.

Bettye Mae Raymer, who organizes the contest, said it’s a fun event. There are no live pigs but there are live husbands to call, she joked.

Last year Delbert Masterson went all out and put on overalls and had corn to call his hog, she said.

Also on Friday are the White Mills Days pageants, a concert by the Sun Boys and the night is capped off with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

White Mills Days chair Laura Nall said there will be a pork barbecue sandwich meal by White Mills Christian Church that costs $8 a meal. The meal includes the sandwich, chips, drink and cookie.

Proceeds from the meal go to the White Mills Christian Church building fund, she said.

Additional food booths will serve hamburgers, hot dogs, fresh squeezed lemonade and pork rinds.

But the weekend’s highlight always is the barbecue chicken dinner on Saturday, she said.

It begins at 11:30 a.m. after the morning events that include a 5K race and parade. The dinner is $8 a meal and includes ½ chicken, choice of green beans or baked beans, cole slaw, bread and pie, Nall said.

The day’s tractor show is an open show that includes more than antique tractors, she said. There are cash prizes, $500 for best of show tractor and $100 each for the best International Harvester, best John Deere, best Massey Ferguson, best Ford, best Allis Chalmers and best Oliver. The entry fee $25 per tractor. If participating in the parade, tractors should line up at 9:30 a.m. at the White Mills Ballpark. If not, tractors can be brought to the designated tractor show area at the camp at 11 a.m.

“The car show this year will be lined up along the Nolin River offering shade for the car owners,” Nall said. “It’s a huge show, last year there were 125 cars of various makes and models.”

Swimming also will be available at the White Mills Camp pool from 2-4 p.m. for $5 a person.

Saturday’s events conclude with an auction at 2 p.m. Many of the auction items include gift certificates for family activities that include regional family attractions Malibu Jacks, The Cincinnati Zoo, Creation Museum and Holiday World, Nall said.

“We also have unique items including a set up three University of Kentucky chairs that came from the Lexington Memorial Coliseum,” she said.

She said attendees enjoy old-time events like the hog-calling contest, cake walk, beauty pageants and carnival games.

“They are low cost fun family activities built around the pure enjoyment of the outdoor setting and community involvement,” Nall said. “We also offer an assortment of local vendor booths featuring women’s boutique clothing, jewelry, painted door hangers, bourbon barrel furniture, quilts, handmade items, meat spices and rubs and many more.”

The entire event has become a reunion for past and present White Mill residents.

“We have families that come home to White Mills every year to attend White Mills Day,” Nall said. “People come back every year to enjoy the beautiful setting on the Nolin River at the White Mills Christian Camp and it’s a great time to renew friendships and visit with people that you don’t see often.”

For more information, call 270-234-4353.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

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