By Elizabeth Tanner
The Red River Sun
MEMPHIS — The 86th Annual Hall County Picnic kicks off this weekend, September 17 and 18, on the Square in downtown Memphis.
With festivities beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, a hamburger cookout will take place on the southwest corner of the Hall County Courthouse. Served by the Picnic Association, hamburger meals, including chips and a drink, will be served for $8 until sold out.
Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., Cyclone fans and guests are invited to the Memphis High School gym to send off the varsity Memphis Cyclone football team as they travel to Sanford-Fritch. Kick off will be at 7 p.m. at Eagle Stadium.
Saturday’s activities will begin at 7 a.m. with a Cowboy Breakfast sponsored by the Preservation Foundation, including hot biscuits and homemade jelly for $8, at Bertie Fannie, located on the northwest corner of the Square.
Memphis Ex-Reunion registration will follow at 9 a.m. at the Memphis Community Center. A registration fee of $29 will include lunch at 1 p.m.
The annual parade will begin at 11 a.m. with registration preceding at the Memphis Farmers Gin Yard at 9:30 a.m. Children will not need to be on floats until 10:30 a.m., Pat Snider said. Bicycles and motorized vehicles must be registered before judging begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Snider at 806-626-2069.
This year, parade marshals will include area nurses and lab technicians. Inviting all RNs, LVNs, CNAs and lab technicians, Snider said the parade marshal float will be in front of the Memphis Housing Authority office at 9:30 a.m.
“What a better way to honor our heroes,” Snider said. “We are trying to contact all RNs, LVNs, CNAs and lab technicians in the Memphis area; however, if we fail to contact you, please come join us.”
Between events, attendees are invited to shop vendors on the Square. Vendor items will include food, drinks, clothing, gift items and home décor. Pony rides and bounce houses will also be available. Also in attendance will be the Texas Panhandle Pistoleros Fast Draw Club, who offer western-style shooting in a safe, family-friendly environment.
Those interested in renting a booth are asked to contact the Memphis Chamber of Commerce at 806-259-3144 and leave a message.
A meal, catered by Fat and Happy BBQ and Stephen Maddox, of Memphis, will begin at 6 p.m. on the northwest corner of the Square. The menu includes fried fish, coleslaw, hushpuppies, beans, pickles, onions, jalapenos, cobbler and tea or water. Meal tickets will be available at the Friday hamburger cookout and Saturday on the west side of the Square prior to the meal.
Profits will be put towards two $200 scholarships, which have been given at graduation for the past 11 years.
The Buster Bledsoe Band, sponsored by SWEPCO, Greenlight Gas and Lighthouse Electric, will end the two-day event with a street dance from 8 p.m. until midnight on the southwest corner of the Square.
“Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the evening,” Snider said.
Additionally, port-a-potties will be available in the Happy State Bank parking lot for use throughout the day and evening on Saturday, Snider said.
“Please join us on the Square in downtown Memphis,” Snider said. “There will be something for everyone.”