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Bagdad days are here again

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By Nathan L. McBroom

This weekend will mark the 16th annual celebration of Bagdad Days.

Event organizers are hoping the rain will hold off in order to allow the community to enjoy the activities planned for the two-day event.

The festivities, which will take place May 9 and 10 at Bagdad Baptist Church,

will get started with a lunch and yard sale at noon on Friday.

At 4 p.m. things will get bouncing with the start of the kids' rides and the inflatable "bouncies." A steak sandwich dinner with baked potatoes and cole slaw will be served at 5 p.m.

A prince and princess, little misses and mister, and king and queen contests will take place at 6 p.m. A cornhole tournament will also be held at 6 p.m.

The most intellectually challenging event of the festival will be at 8 p.m. Friday when a group of fourth- and fifth-grade students challenge a group of Shelby County elected officials to an academic competition. The Bagdad volunteer fire department will also face the Shelby County Sheriff's Department in a "challenge of the minds" later that evening.

On Saturday a pancake breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. And at 8 a.m. there will be a 5K run/walk. At 9 a.m. the kids' rides will open back up and there will also be a mechanical bull for patrons to ride and test their tenacity.

If you are into sweets, a 9:30 bake off for cakes and sweet will be held.

A community parade will begin at 10 a.m. And a 4-H horse competition will start at 11 a.m. and so will a cornhole tournament.

At 1 p.m. there will be pedal tractor pull for the kids.

There will be an auction at 2 p.m. And there will be a fish fry at 5 p.m.

Along with the scheduled events there will also be booths, food and raffles. Event organizers will be giving away a free Nintendo Wii gaming system.

Kathy Marion, the event chairperson, said the event will provide enjoyment for young and old.