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AUGUST 26, 27, 28, & 29 RIPLEY, OHIO

O D D P A G E S

“CELEBRATING THE TOBACCO FARMERS” A Special Supplement to The Brown County PRESS

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Fireworks will be major new attraction this year By Wayne Boblitt The Brown County Press Fireworks will be a new highlight of this year's Annual Ohio Tobacco Festival, according to 2010 OTF Committee Recording Secretary Billie Applegate. The 29th Annual OTF will kick off this Thursday, Aug. 26, in downtown Ripley, and continue to Sunday, Aug. 29, with a wide vari-

ety of activities to please all visitors. This year's theme is “Celebrating The Tobacco Farmers”, Mrs. Applegate reported. When the OTF began during the early 1980s, Ripley was the site of the only burley tobacco market in Ohio. Brown County produces the most burley tobacco among the 20 to 30 Ohio counties where farmers produce that crop.

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While later changes in the tobacco industry resulted in an elimination of Ripley's tobacco market and a move of most OTF activities to downtown Ripley, tobacco farmers in Brown County and throughout Ohio still labor hard to produce that crop and support their families. Mrs. Applegate said the OTF Committee came up with this year's “Celebrating The Tobacco Farmers” theme and added, “It fits.” Pedigo to Be Grand Marshal Ben Pedigo will be the 2010 OTF Opening Parade grand marshal this Friday. Pedigo moved to Ripley in 1983 and resides there with his wife, Kim, and their children, Harrison, Katherine, and Grace. A talented banjo player, he has been involved with the OTF since its early days as both an entertainer and a person who books musical acts for the festival. Pedigo began playing banjo at age 8 and performed at Six Flags parks all over Georgia for a number of years. He also performed in Nashville, Tenn., during his studies there at Vanderbilt University.

The 2010 grand marshal became interested in building restoration in college and moved to Ripley to help with renovating a number of buildings in the area. He and his wife restored the 1860s row house where they reside on Front Street and use one of their row houses in Ripley as a music studio. Pedigo works for Rumpke in its recycling efforts. Mrs. Applegate said the OTF Committee selected him as this year's grand marshal because of his involvement and good support of the festival over its long history. In addition to the Opening Parade, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Ripley-Union-LewisHuntington Elementary School on

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THURSDAY, AUG. 26

South Second Street in uptown Ripley, festival activities this Friday will include the Open Tobacco Judging and Show at 1 p.m. in the Front Street area; a VIP Dinner at Courts-Fussnecker Post 367 of the American Legion in Ripley, which will follow the Parade; and country music by David James and The Gang beginning at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage. The recipients of this year's OTF Scholarship will be recognized and honored at the VIP Dinner. The Fireworks Show scheduled at dusk will conclude the OTF's second day. That event will be moved to Saturday night, Aug. 28, in the event of rain. continued on page 3

5 p.m. . . . .Craft Show, Commercial Booths and Food Booths Open 8 p.m. . . . .Ohio Tobacco Festival Queen Contest (Main Stage)

FRIDAY, AUG. 27 9 a.m. . . . . .Craft Show, Commercial Booths and Food Booths Open Noon . . . . .Tobacco Show Entry Deadline 1 p.m. . . . .Ohio Tobacco Judging and Show (Main Street) 2 p.m. . . . .Opening Parade Registration and Lineup (RULH Elem. School) 5:30 p.m. . .Opening Parade (South 2nd Street from RULH Elementary School to downtown Ripley) After Parade . .VIP Dinner (American Legion Post in Ripley) 7 p.m. . . . .Entertainment - David James and The Gang (Main Stage) 9 p.m. . . . .Daily Raffle Drawing (purchase tickets at Festival Information Booth) Dusk . . . . .Fireworks Display (rain date is Saturday, Aug. 28)

SATURDAY, AUG. 28 7 a.m. . . . . .5-Kilometer Run/Walk Registration (Main Street) 8 a.m. . . . . .5-Kilometer Run/Walk (Main Street) 8:30 a.m. . .Antique Car Show Registration (Front Street) 9 a.m. . . . . .Craft Show, Commercial Booths and Food Booths Open 9 a.m. . . . . .Antique Car Show (Front Street) 9 a.m. . . . . .Blue Ribbon Kids 4-H Baby Show Registration Show to begin about 10 a.m. (Main Stage)

10 a.m. . . . .Tobacco Cutting Contest (Applegate farm on Eagle Creek Road in Union Township) 11 a.m. . . . .Queens Luncheon Registration (Masonic Lodge on North 2nd Street) 11 a.m. . . . .Children's Races and Games (Front Street) 11 a.m. . . . .4-H and FFA Tobacco Grading Contest (Main Street) Noon . . . . .Queens Luncheon (Masonic Hall) Noon . . . . .Tobacco Stripping Contest (Main Street) Noon . . . . .Horseshoe Pitching Tournament

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OTF royalty members ride in parade - The 2009 Ohio Tobacco Festival Queen and members of her court wave as they ride in the OTF Opening Parade Aug. 28 on South Second Street in Ripley. Queen Melanie Day of Maysville, Ky., is in left photo while court members in right photo include Brittany Kaiser (left), First Runner-Up in the 2009 OTF Queen Contest, and Lauren Heath of Aberdeen, Second Runner-Up in the 2009 OTF Queen Contest.

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Queen Contest Opens OTF The opening day's featured event, which also is considered the OTF's annual opening and welcoming event, will be the 2010 OTF Queen Contest at 8 p.m. Thursday while the Opening Parade and Fireworks Show will be the highlight activities on Friday, Aug. 27. Maysville, Ky., resident Melanie Day, the 2009 OTF Queen, will crown her successor this Thursday on the Main Stage in downtown Ripley. Saturday, Aug. 28, will be the most activity-packed of all four days with such activities as an Antique Car Show and Parade, a 5-Kilometer Run and Walk, tobacco-related contests, a Horseshoe Pitch Tournament, the Third Annual Ripley Idol Talent Show, and the ever-popular Baby Show and Bed Race. Activities on the concluding day will include a Prayer Breakfast and a variety of contests including Baking, Arm Wrestling, Cornhole, Tobacco Spitting, and Cigar and Pipe Smoking. The Grand Prize Drawing of six winning tickets in the 2010 OTF Raffle will conclude this year's festival about 4 p.m. next Sunday. Children will have a variety of carnival rides to enjoy all four days. In addition to special events and contests, those attending the 2010 OTF will have a variety of merchandise booths at which to purchase souvenirs and useful items all four days as well as a large variety of the ever-popular food booths featuring delectable items ranging from pizza to hamburgers to ice cream to Cajun cuisine.

Race Kicks Off Saturday The 5-Kilometer Run and Walk will kick off Saturday's activities with registration beginning at 7 a.m. and competition at 8 a.m. on Front Street. Registration for the Antique Car Show will begin at 8 a.m. on Front Street with the show scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and the Antique Car Parade to begin about 3 p.m. in downtown Ripley (parade route to be announced). Registration for the Blue Ribbon Kids 4-H Baby Show will begin at 9 a.m. on the Main Stage with the show slated to begin about 10 a.m. The Tobacco Cutting Contest is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the Eagle Creek Road farm where Billie Applegate and her husband, Greg, the 2010 OTF Committee president, reside in Union Township. It is the only major festival event that doesn't occur in downtown Ripley. Contests slated for that Saturday include 4-H and FFA Tobacco Grading at 11 a.m. and Tobacco Stripping at noon, both on Front Street; the Horseshoe Pitch Tournament at noon on Cherry Street between South Second and Front streets; and the Garden Tractor Obstacle Contest at 4:30 p.m., the Wagon Backing Contest at 5 p.m., and the Bed Race Contest at 6 p.m., all on Front Street. Some children's races and games are scheduled at 11 a.m. in downtown Ripley, and a Queens Luncheon is slated at the downtown Masonic Lodge at noon. The Ripley Idol Talent Show will return for a third year at 2 p.m. on the Main Stage with regis-

tration beginning at 1 p.m. The Barcodes band is scheduled to perform a variety of 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and current rock and pop hits beginning at 7 p.m. Festival Is Ongoing Tradition While the OTF attendance is not as high as it was during the 1980s, it still is significant with Greg Applegate estimating about 20,000 attending last year's celebration. “In this small community, to keep this festival as long as we have, I think we have been doing pretty good,” Mr. Applegate noted. The OTF is staffed and organized entirely by volunteers, and funds to host the annual festival, which includes free admission, are raised by such events as the OTF Grand Raffle and Daily Raffle. “That's where we get our income from to put this festival on for our community and surrounding communities,” Mr. Applegate said. Work for a certain year's festival begins shortly after another year's festival concludes with the OFT Committee meeting once per month during most, but not all, months between one August and the next.

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Six prizes offered at OTF Grand Raffle

29th Annual OTF opens August 26th . . . continued from page 3

The 2010 OTF Committee is honoring one former volunteer,

The Brown County Press/WAYNE BOBLITT

Youths enjoy a “Scrambler” type carnival ride Aug. 29 at the Ohio Tobacco Festival. This ride was one of many amusements at a carnival set up as part of the OTF on Cherry Street behind the Ripley Post Office.

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Ripley Idol contestant sings - Katie Day of Georgetown competes in the Ohio Tobacco Festival’s Ripley Idol Talent Show Aug. 29 on the Main Stage in downtown Ripley.

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the John P. Parker House on Front Street and proceed from there about 1 p.m. to North Second Street and continue southward to South Second Street and then to the Ripley Fire Station on Waterworks Drive in uptown Ripley. Contests next Sunday will include the Baking Contest on Main Street with judging to begin at 1 p.m. and an Auction to follow afterward. Baking Contest entries are due by noon that day. Other contests include the Cornhole Tournament at noon in the same area of Cherry Street where the Horseshoe Pitching Tournament was scheduled the previous day (with registration scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.); the Tobacco Spitting and Arm Wrestling contests, both set to begin about 1 p.m. on Front Street; and the Cigar Smoking and Pipe Smoking Contests, both set to begin about 1:30 p.m. on Front Street. The 2010 OTF is scheduled to conclude at 4 p.m. Aug. 29 with the Grand Prize Raffle Drawing for the Raffle's six prizes. Daily Raffle drawings for smaller prizes will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 27 and 28 and 3 p.m. Aug. 29, and tickets for both the Grand Prize Raffle and the Daily Raffle may be purchased at the Festival Information Booth on Front Street. Parking Since parking is limited downtown, Mrs. Applegate said free shuttle service will be provided again between downtown and RULH High School on South Second Street in uptown Ripley and points in between. That free service also will be provided on a limited basis to Logan's Gap Campground on Scoffield Road in Ripley.

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The Brown County Press/WAYNE BOBLITT

Tobacco Cutting Contest held Contestants seek to cut an established number of tobacco plants in the fastest time during the Tobacco Cutting Contest held Aug. 29 at John Paul and Christy Haitz’s farm in Union Township. The contest, which included seven participants this year, is the only event held as part of the annual Ohio Tobacco Festival that doesn’t take place somewhere in the village of Ripley.

PRAYER BREAKFAST Sunday, August 29th 7:30 A.M. RULH Elementary School

As in past years, the Ohio Tobacco Festival will be giving away several prizes at the conclusion of this year's celebration in downtown Ripley. This year's prizes are: GRAND PRIZE: 2010 John Deere CX Gator or 2010 John Deere X360 lawn tractor or $3,500 in cash, partially donated by Cahall Brothers Inc. of Georgetown. SECOND PRIZE: John Deere generator (6,200 watts) partially donated by Cahall Brothers Inc. of Georgetown. THIRD PRIZE: A pair of wooden rocking chairs and porch swing, built by Mark Spiller, lumber donated by Ripley Builders Supply. FOURTH PRIZE: $500 savings bond (value at maturity) donated by Farm Credit Services at MidAmerica A.C.A. of Winchester.

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Six prizes offered at OTF Grand Raffle

29th Annual OTF opens August 26th . . . continued from page 3

The 2010 OTF Committee is honoring one former volunteer,

The Brown County Press/WAYNE BOBLITT

Youths enjoy a “Scrambler” type carnival ride Aug. 29 at the Ohio Tobacco Festival. This ride was one of many amusements at a carnival set up as part of the OTF on Cherry Street behind the Ripley Post Office.

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Ripley Idol contestant sings - Katie Day of Georgetown competes in the Ohio Tobacco Festival’s Ripley Idol Talent Show Aug. 29 on the Main Stage in downtown Ripley.

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Byrd Township resident Bill Fauth, who worked on the 2009 OTF and died Oct. 10, 2009, at age 64. A three-page tribute saluting Mr. Fauth is in the 2010 OTF Official Informational Booklet. Mr. Fauth and his wife, Jo Ann Fauth, who serves as the 2010 OTF Committee treasurer, were honored by the 2009 OTF Committee with an OTF VIP Achievement Award at last year's OTF VIP Dinner. Mr. Applegate said new volunteers always are welcome, and further information is available by contacting him or Mrs. Applegate at (937) 392-1590 or at this year's festival. Greg and Billie Applegate invite everyone from Brown County, surrounding counties, and all over to enjoy the variety of activities planned at the 2010 OTF this coming Thursday through Sunday. “I just want everyone to come out and enjoy the festival and have a good time,” Mrs. Applegate said. Shuttle Service Available Prayer Event Kicks Off Sunday The Annual OTF Prayer Breakfast will kick off the festival's final day, as it does every year, at 7:30 a.m. at RULH Elementary School, but Chairman Doug Green said this year's event will be different than last year's and other previous years' in that there won't be a featured speaker. The event will feature a morning of gospel music performed by Green himself, Harriett Jackson Groh, Victory Voices and the Myer Family. The Firemen's Parade will return for a second straight year after having been absent for some festival years prior to 2009. The Parade lineup will begin about 11:30 a.m. near

the John P. Parker House on Front Street and proceed from there about 1 p.m. to North Second Street and continue southward to South Second Street and then to the Ripley Fire Station on Waterworks Drive in uptown Ripley. Contests next Sunday will include the Baking Contest on Main Street with judging to begin at 1 p.m. and an Auction to follow afterward. Baking Contest entries are due by noon that day. Other contests include the Cornhole Tournament at noon in the same area of Cherry Street where the Horseshoe Pitching Tournament was scheduled the previous day (with registration scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.); the Tobacco Spitting and Arm Wrestling contests, both set to begin about 1 p.m. on Front Street; and the Cigar Smoking and Pipe Smoking Contests, both set to begin about 1:30 p.m. on Front Street. The 2010 OTF is scheduled to conclude at 4 p.m. Aug. 29 with the Grand Prize Raffle Drawing for the Raffle's six prizes. Daily Raffle drawings for smaller prizes will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 27 and 28 and 3 p.m. Aug. 29, and tickets for both the Grand Prize Raffle and the Daily Raffle may be purchased at the Festival Information Booth on Front Street. Parking Since parking is limited downtown, Mrs. Applegate said free shuttle service will be provided again between downtown and RULH High School on South Second Street in uptown Ripley and points in between. That free service also will be provided on a limited basis to Logan's Gap Campground on Scoffield Road in Ripley.

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The Brown County Press/WAYNE BOBLITT

Tobacco Cutting Contest held Contestants seek to cut an established number of tobacco plants in the fastest time during the Tobacco Cutting Contest held Aug. 29 at John Paul and Christy Haitz’s farm in Union Township. The contest, which included seven participants this year, is the only event held as part of the annual Ohio Tobacco Festival that doesn’t take place somewhere in the village of Ripley.

PRAYER BREAKFAST Sunday, August 29th 7:30 A.M. RULH Elementary School

As in past years, the Ohio Tobacco Festival will be giving away several prizes at the conclusion of this year's celebration in downtown Ripley. This year's prizes are: GRAND PRIZE: 2010 John Deere CX Gator or 2010 John Deere X360 lawn tractor or $3,500 in cash, partially donated by Cahall Brothers Inc. of Georgetown. SECOND PRIZE: John Deere generator (6,200 watts) partially donated by Cahall Brothers Inc. of Georgetown. THIRD PRIZE: A pair of wooden rocking chairs and porch swing, built by Mark Spiller, lumber donated by Ripley Builders Supply. FOURTH PRIZE: $500 savings bond (value at maturity) donated by Farm Credit Services at MidAmerica A.C.A. of Winchester.

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Queen Contest Opens OTF The opening day's featured event, which also is considered the OTF's annual opening and welcoming event, will be the 2010 OTF Queen Contest at 8 p.m. Thursday while the Opening Parade and Fireworks Show will be the highlight activities on Friday, Aug. 27. Maysville, Ky., resident Melanie Day, the 2009 OTF Queen, will crown her successor this Thursday on the Main Stage in downtown Ripley. Saturday, Aug. 28, will be the most activity-packed of all four days with such activities as an Antique Car Show and Parade, a 5-Kilometer Run and Walk, tobacco-related contests, a Horseshoe Pitch Tournament, the Third Annual Ripley Idol Talent Show, and the ever-popular Baby Show and Bed Race. Activities on the concluding day will include a Prayer Breakfast and a variety of contests including Baking, Arm Wrestling, Cornhole, Tobacco Spitting, and Cigar and Pipe Smoking. The Grand Prize Drawing of six winning tickets in the 2010 OTF Raffle will conclude this year's festival about 4 p.m. next Sunday. Children will have a variety of carnival rides to enjoy all four days. In addition to special events and contests, those attending the 2010 OTF will have a variety of merchandise booths at which to purchase souvenirs and useful items all four days as well as a large variety of the ever-popular food booths featuring delectable items ranging from pizza to hamburgers to ice cream to Cajun cuisine.

Race Kicks Off Saturday The 5-Kilometer Run and Walk will kick off Saturday's activities with registration beginning at 7 a.m. and competition at 8 a.m. on Front Street. Registration for the Antique Car Show will begin at 8 a.m. on Front Street with the show scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and the Antique Car Parade to begin about 3 p.m. in downtown Ripley (parade route to be announced). Registration for the Blue Ribbon Kids 4-H Baby Show will begin at 9 a.m. on the Main Stage with the show slated to begin about 10 a.m. The Tobacco Cutting Contest is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the Eagle Creek Road farm where Billie Applegate and her husband, Greg, the 2010 OTF Committee president, reside in Union Township. It is the only major festival event that doesn't occur in downtown Ripley. Contests slated for that Saturday include 4-H and FFA Tobacco Grading at 11 a.m. and Tobacco Stripping at noon, both on Front Street; the Horseshoe Pitch Tournament at noon on Cherry Street between South Second and Front streets; and the Garden Tractor Obstacle Contest at 4:30 p.m., the Wagon Backing Contest at 5 p.m., and the Bed Race Contest at 6 p.m., all on Front Street. Some children's races and games are scheduled at 11 a.m. in downtown Ripley, and a Queens Luncheon is slated at the downtown Masonic Lodge at noon. The Ripley Idol Talent Show will return for a third year at 2 p.m. on the Main Stage with regis-

tration beginning at 1 p.m. The Barcodes band is scheduled to perform a variety of 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and current rock and pop hits beginning at 7 p.m. Festival Is Ongoing Tradition While the OTF attendance is not as high as it was during the 1980s, it still is significant with Greg Applegate estimating about 20,000 attending last year's celebration. “In this small community, to keep this festival as long as we have, I think we have been doing pretty good,” Mr. Applegate noted. The OTF is staffed and organized entirely by volunteers, and funds to host the annual festival, which includes free admission, are raised by such events as the OTF Grand Raffle and Daily Raffle. “That's where we get our income from to put this festival on for our community and surrounding communities,” Mr. Applegate said. Work for a certain year's festival begins shortly after another year's festival concludes with the OFT Committee meeting once per month during most, but not all, months between one August and the next.

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Fireworks will be major new attraction this year By Wayne Boblitt The Brown County Press Fireworks will be a new highlight of this year's Annual Ohio Tobacco Festival, according to 2010 OTF Committee Recording Secretary Billie Applegate. The 29th Annual OTF will kick off this Thursday, Aug. 26, in downtown Ripley, and continue to Sunday, Aug. 29, with a wide vari-

ety of activities to please all visitors. This year's theme is “Celebrating The Tobacco Farmers”, Mrs. Applegate reported. When the OTF began during the early 1980s, Ripley was the site of the only burley tobacco market in Ohio. Brown County produces the most burley tobacco among the 20 to 30 Ohio counties where farmers produce that crop.

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While later changes in the tobacco industry resulted in an elimination of Ripley's tobacco market and a move of most OTF activities to downtown Ripley, tobacco farmers in Brown County and throughout Ohio still labor hard to produce that crop and support their families. Mrs. Applegate said the OTF Committee came up with this year's “Celebrating The Tobacco Farmers” theme and added, “It fits.” Pedigo to Be Grand Marshal Ben Pedigo will be the 2010 OTF Opening Parade grand marshal this Friday. Pedigo moved to Ripley in 1983 and resides there with his wife, Kim, and their children, Harrison, Katherine, and Grace. A talented banjo player, he has been involved with the OTF since its early days as both an entertainer and a person who books musical acts for the festival. Pedigo began playing banjo at age 8 and performed at Six Flags parks all over Georgia for a number of years. He also performed in Nashville, Tenn., during his studies there at Vanderbilt University.

The 2010 grand marshal became interested in building restoration in college and moved to Ripley to help with renovating a number of buildings in the area. He and his wife restored the 1860s row house where they reside on Front Street and use one of their row houses in Ripley as a music studio. Pedigo works for Rumpke in its recycling efforts. Mrs. Applegate said the OTF Committee selected him as this year's grand marshal because of his involvement and good support of the festival over its long history. In addition to the Opening Parade, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Ripley-Union-LewisHuntington Elementary School on

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South Second Street in uptown Ripley, festival activities this Friday will include the Open Tobacco Judging and Show at 1 p.m. in the Front Street area; a VIP Dinner at Courts-Fussnecker Post 367 of the American Legion in Ripley, which will follow the Parade; and country music by David James and The Gang beginning at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage. The recipients of this year's OTF Scholarship will be recognized and honored at the VIP Dinner. The Fireworks Show scheduled at dusk will conclude the OTF's second day. That event will be moved to Saturday night, Aug. 28, in the event of rain. continued on page 3

5 p.m. . . . .Craft Show, Commercial Booths and Food Booths Open 8 p.m. . . . .Ohio Tobacco Festival Queen Contest (Main Stage)

FRIDAY, AUG. 27 9 a.m. . . . . .Craft Show, Commercial Booths and Food Booths Open Noon . . . . .Tobacco Show Entry Deadline 1 p.m. . . . .Ohio Tobacco Judging and Show (Main Street) 2 p.m. . . . .Opening Parade Registration and Lineup (RULH Elem. School) 5:30 p.m. . .Opening Parade (South 2nd Street from RULH Elementary School to downtown Ripley) After Parade . .VIP Dinner (American Legion Post in Ripley) 7 p.m. . . . .Entertainment - David James and The Gang (Main Stage) 9 p.m. . . . .Daily Raffle Drawing (purchase tickets at Festival Information Booth) Dusk . . . . .Fireworks Display (rain date is Saturday, Aug. 28)

SATURDAY, AUG. 28 7 a.m. . . . . .5-Kilometer Run/Walk Registration (Main Street) 8 a.m. . . . . .5-Kilometer Run/Walk (Main Street) 8:30 a.m. . .Antique Car Show Registration (Front Street) 9 a.m. . . . . .Craft Show, Commercial Booths and Food Booths Open 9 a.m. . . . . .Antique Car Show (Front Street) 9 a.m. . . . . .Blue Ribbon Kids 4-H Baby Show Registration Show to begin about 10 a.m. (Main Stage)

10 a.m. . . . .Tobacco Cutting Contest (Applegate farm on Eagle Creek Road in Union Township) 11 a.m. . . . .Queens Luncheon Registration (Masonic Lodge on North 2nd Street) 11 a.m. . . . .Children's Races and Games (Front Street) 11 a.m. . . . .4-H and FFA Tobacco Grading Contest (Main Street) Noon . . . . .Queens Luncheon (Masonic Hall) Noon . . . . .Tobacco Stripping Contest (Main Street) Noon . . . . .Horseshoe Pitching Tournament

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OTF royalty members ride in parade - The 2009 Ohio Tobacco Festival Queen and members of her court wave as they ride in the OTF Opening Parade Aug. 28 on South Second Street in Ripley. Queen Melanie Day of Maysville, Ky., is in left photo while court members in right photo include Brittany Kaiser (left), First Runner-Up in the 2009 OTF Queen Contest, and Lauren Heath of Aberdeen, Second Runner-Up in the 2009 OTF Queen Contest.

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