Mt. Sterling preps for festival


Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick

Members of the Calico Cut-Ups created a "Sun Bonnet Sue" quilt for the Good Ole Days auction, set for 2 p.m. Sept. 23. The all-cotton, regular-size quilt was hand-pieced, hand-appliqued and hand-quilted by: (from left) Rose Huff, Daisy Smith, Sharon Bailey and Fran Follrod. Not pictured are Carmajean Armentrout, Jane Lauderdale, Lee Ramey and Karen Taylor. Dorris Emig, now deceased, also worked on the quilt.

The Good Ole Days are back.

After a year off to regroup, Mount Sterling’s traditional fall festival is back on the calendar for Sept. 21-23 at Veterans Field on High Street. The days and nights are packed with entertainment and contests for all ages.


On Friday, opening ceremonies will take place at 5 p.m., followed by the baby contest at 6 p.m. The band, Wild Eagle, will perform at 8 p.m.

Registration for the baby contest is 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the bandstand. The boys and girls will be judged separately in the following age categories: 0-6 months, 7-18 months, 19-24 months, and 25-36 months. Old-time costumes are optional.


On Saturday, the morning revs up with a car show at 10 and a tractor show at 11. Pre-registration is not required and anyone with any kind of car or tractor is invited to participate.

The queens contest will start at noon. Residents of Madison, Pickaway and Fayette counties are invited to enter. The age categories (age as of Sept. 1, 2007) are: 4-6 Princess; 7-10 Little Miss; 11-14 Junior Miss, and 15-19 Queen. Entrants must wear old-fashioned costumes reminiscent of the 1970s or earlier. Judging will be based on overall appearance and performance in an on-stage interview.

All contestants are invited to participate in the parade on Sunday. The crowning will follow the parade. Winners will be required to travel and promote the Good Ole Days Festival. Parents will be responsible for the travel arrangements and expenses. For more information, call queens contest director Maggie Pellow at 614-879-9419 between 5 and 9 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule also includes a horseshoe contest at 1 p.m., corn hole tournament at 2, and an old-time costume contest at 3.

Mount Sterling’s Citizen of the Year, Dave Taylor, will be recognized at 5 p.m. Taylor is chief of the Tri-County Joint Fire District in Mount Sterling.

A euchre tournament also is schedule for 5 p.m. The band, Nashville Sound, will perform at 8 p.m. to round out the night.


The last day of the festival will start with a religious service at 10 a.m.

Entries in the baking contest are due at Veterans Field no later than noon. The categories are: pies (fruit or cream), cakes (regular or decorated), cookies (drop or bar), bread (yeast or other), and children’s cookies (drop or bar). Each entry must be presented in a disposable pan, labeled and accompanied by the recipe. After the judging, entries will be auctioned off to the public.

A wiffleball tournament is set for 11 a.m. Call town hall at 740-869-2040 to sign up a team.

The queens luncheon is set for 1 a.m., followed by the Good Ole Days auction at 2 p.m., which will include a handmade quilt created by members of the Calico Cut-Ups, a group of women who meet regularly in the Mount Sterling Town Hall annex to work on quilting projects. The group donates a quilt to the festival every year.

The parade will line up at 2 p.m. on New Street and step off at 4 p.m. Anyone is invited to participate. Fire Chief Taylor will be the grand marshal. Area fire departments are encouraged to join the lineup. The new queen and her court will be crowned after the parade at 5 p.m. The festival will come a close at 6 p.m. with raffles.

Every Day

Throughout the Good Ole Days, Perry Amusement will provide rides. Additionally, volunteers will demonstrate old-time cooking techniques and tell stories of Mount Sterling’s past. The public library will have a booth.

Charlie Neff, president pro-tem of Mount Sterling Council, encourages representatives from surrounding cities and villages to set up displays to promote their towns.

Applications for the baby, queens and baking contests are available at Mount Sterling Town Hall. Admission to the festival is free, as is parking. For details about any part of the festival, call Bonnie Liff at 740-869-2498 or town hall at 869-2040.

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