22nd Annual Bruce Sawmill Festival kicks off Thursday night

The forecast calls for sunshine and good times this weekend as Bruce hosts its 22nd Annual Sawmill Festival.
The Aqua King and Queen pageant, golf tournament, car show, live entertainment, 5K run, arts and crafts and homemade ice cream are among the many highlights of the festival set to begin Thursday, July 11.

The Aqua  King and Queen pageant, hosted by the 20th Century Club, will once again open festival activities on Thursday, July 11 at the Multi-Purpose building in Pittsboro. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. and the pageant at 7 p.m.

Arts and Crafts vendors will begin setting up on the square throughout the day Friday. Opening ceremonies are planned for 6 p.m. Friday featuring Mayor Rudy Pope and Sawmill Festival Queen Elizabeth Hathorne.

Friday night entertainment includes Lyrix and The Flames, who are known for Motown music.

The Bruce Fine Arts Club will be offering their homemade ice cream Friday night and Saturday and the hospitality tent will have a wide selection of Sawmill Festival hats and t-shirts available.

The Bruce Rotary Club will be selling chances for a “Golden Boy” Rifle to be raffled off at noon on Saturday.

The 5K run, 2K walk and kids’ fun run will all be held Saturday, July 13 at 8 a.m. Those wanting to contribute, but not run, can be a “ghost runner” by submitting an entry fee and receiving a t-shirt. Contact the Bruce Chamber of Commerce office at 983-2222 for more information.

The golf tournament is Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at Yoda Creek Golf Club. For more info on the tournament call Yoda Creek at 662-983-9632.

Saturday highlights include the classic car show, live entertainment from the gazebo, including “Calhoun County Youth,” Ashley Tutor, the Ellis Family, Anna Kate Vanlandingham, and Kim Burt.
“We’ve had great interest this year in attending the festival,” Chamber Secretary Carol Shoemaker said. “We’re really pleased with the selection of vendors. We’re looking forward to a great festival.”

The Bruce Museum will again host the local art show coordinated by Bethany Lavalley. Any local artist in the county interested in displaying their work, whether paintings, pottery, crafts or anything else, is encouraged to participate. There is no cost for displaying your artwork.
For more information on the art show email Bethany LaValley at lavalley@olemiss.edu or call 662-414-5914.

The festival is a fundraiser for the civic clubs of Bruce –  Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Lions Club, Masons, 20th Century Club, Fine Arts, and Grace Club. For more information on the festival call the Bruce Chamber of Commerce at 983-2222.

Schedule of Events
Thursday, July 11
7 p.m. Aqua King and Queen Pageant – Registration at 6 p.m. Admission is $2.

Friday, July 12
6 p.m. Bruce Forestry Museum open. See the progress that has been made and enjoy the A/C.

6 p.m. Opening Ceremony – Welcome by Mayor Rudy Pope and Sawmill Festival Queen Elizabeth Hathorne. National Anthem by Janae Harrelson.

6:15 p.m. Lyrix performs

7 p.m. The Flames – Motown

Saturday, July 13
7 a.m. Registration for the 5K “Run for History”

8 a.m. 5K/2K “Run for History” begins

9 a.m. Sawmill Festival Golf Tournament at Yoda Creek Golf Club; Show and Shine Car Show north of Square; Opening ceremonies in the gazebo – welcome by Mayor Rudy Pope and Sawmill Festival Queen Elizabeth Hathorne. National Anthem by Satrina Massey.

9:30 a.m. Calhoun County Youth perform

10:30 a.m. Ashley Tutor performs

11:30 a.m. Ellis Family performs

12:30 p.m. Anna Kate Vanlandingham performs

1:30 p.m. Kim Burt performs