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Pecan Festival premiers Saturday in Milner

By Diana New With May 21 quickly approaching, the City of Milner is preparing for the premier of its fledgling Pecan Festival. The first annual event will take place at the Milner City Park located near city hall and St. George’s Episcopal School. It will include a car show, kid’s park, fun run, the Run Like a Nut 5K and a live performance by country music star Donnie Lee Strickland. The scheduled beauty pageant has been canceled due to a lack of participation. The Pecan Festival starts at the ‘˜crack’ of dawn with the 5K and fun run. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The cost is $30 the day of the festival. Pre-registration for $25 is available through Friday, May 20 online at raceentry. com/race-reviews/pecan-festival. There is also registration at Milner city hall Friday from 5-7 p.m. As of May 10, there were 71 runners pre-registered for the event. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the kids’ one-mile fun run begins at 8:30 a.m. Both runs start and finish at Milner Baptist Church with refreshments available at the finish line. Awards will be given at 9:15 a.m. A car show will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Tim’s Lighthouse parking lot where participants and festival-goers can enjoy music and prizes. The presentation of the mayor’s trophy will be at 2:30 p.m. There will be festival fun and food for guests of all ages with more than 40 craft and food vendors, a cake walk at noon with at least 20 baked cakes and a $10 all-day-play kid’s zone. Music begins at 10 a.m. with Big John and the Chevy Show. Following the cake walk, Strickland will perform from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. With an influx of positive responses from the community, the event has already ‘˜shelled’ through its surface and promises a successful weekend. Preparations for the festival began in March when city council approved Tracey Alford as organizer of the event because of her unique ideas. ’I could not have made this event possible without Dana Baugh, for her great design work and all the help and time she has put into this race,’ Alford insisted. ‘Alesia Morris has taken the lead in helping me get vendors together and organized and I would like to extend an extra thank you to B&B Fabrication and Custom Trailers. I would also like to thank Sandra Smith, Patty Faulkner and Harold Wilson at the city hall for helping with all the extra work I have put on them. I had a lot of people say that this couldn’t be done. Thank you to our sponsors and community. We are reaching our goal.’ All volunteers are to meet at city hall on Friday, May 20 at 6 p.m. Cakes for the cake walk can be donated by contacting Tracey Alford at Tracey_s1@yahoo.com, or they may be dropped off at city hall or Milner Baptist Church. Proceeds from the festival will go towards purchasing adult exercise equipment for the city park.

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