By JOEL McNEECE
The 19th edition of the Bruce Sawmill Festival will begin Friday, July 9 with all the familiar favorites –?golf tournament, arts and crafts, Fine Arts Club ice cream, lots of music, games and rides for kids. This year’s festival will also see the return of some past favorites, such as the Rotary Fish Fry on Friday night and a 5K run.
The first official event of the festival will actually take place on Tuesday, July 6 with the Aqua King and Queen pageant beginning at 7 p.m. at the multi-purpose building in Pittsboro. Registration will start at 6 p.m. Spectator admission is $2.
The annual Sawmill Golf Tournament at Yoda Creek will open festivities Friday, July 9 at 9 a.m.
Arts and Crafts will begin opening on the square throughout the day. The Bruce Rotary Club’s fish fry will return Friday night at 5 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge under the direction of Paul Wood.
Fish tickets are $8 and can be purchased from any Rotarian. Some are available at The Journal.
The official opening will take place on the Square at 6 p.m. with Sawmill Queen Jordan Robertson.
The musical entertainment currently scheduled for Friday night includes Lyrix, Molly Richter, Without A Doubt, and Jessey Higdon along with the Muddy Water Band.
The Fine Arts Club will be selling their famous homemade ice cream Friday night and the Festival tent will be offering Sawmill Festival t-shirts, caps and more.
The Bruce Museum will also be open on Friday night providing visitors an air conditioned retreat. Several displays are in the works for inside the museum, including a local art display sponsored by the Grace Club of Bruce.
The museum will also be sponsoring the 5K run Saturday morning, which returns to the festival for the first time in more than a decade.
In addition to the run, a 2K family fun walk and kids’ run will also be held. T-shirts will be distributed to all that pre-register. You may do so by calling the chamber office at 983-2222 or The Journal office at 983-2570. Be sure to provide your t-shirt size. The cost is $12 for the run, $10 for the family walk and $5 for the kids’ run. The cost for the 5K on race day will be $15.
Registration on Saturday, July 10 will begin at 7 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m.
Other highlights on Saturday will include the Show and Shine Car Show, live entertainment, public speaking from candidates for office, lots of arts and crafts and a wide array of food options.
For more festival information call the Chamber office at 983-2222.