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28th Annual Mosquito Festival this weekend

Paisley’s Mosquito Festival will be celebrating its 28th year with a weekend of events for all who attend beginning Friday, July 25, through Sunday, July 27.

Paisley Rodeo Club Ranch Rodeo will kick off the festival at the Arena, 391 Queen St. N, beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25 holding multiple events throughout the festival.

The rodeo festivities will begin Friday with open cutting, non-pro cutting, two hand working ranch horse cutting and youth cutting. Saturday’s 11:00 a.m. rodeo will host team branding and big loop cow roping. Between the events, kids can enjoy themselves on keyhole and barrel races. The club will finish the festival by having three rounds of team roping, team doctoring, steer stopping and kids events starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Crawdad Races should excite folks on Saturday and Sunday starting at 9:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Saloon located at 327 Main St.

A 2-mile fun run that participants can either run, walk or jog through will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday at the high school gym parking lot, finishing at the intersection of Willow and Mill streets. Following will be the parade at 10:00 a.m., which will go down Mill Street Hwy 31 and Green Street. After the parade is a myriad of events like 3-on-3 basketball at the city basketball courts, horseshoes at Merwin Pits, Historic Paisley pictures displayed at K&L building, the Car and Motorcycle Show at Paisley High School parking lot, 260 Green St., and a Quilt Show at Paisley Community Church will also be available.

From 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. the Volunteers in Paisley, formerly known as the Lions Club, will be treating the festival to an old fashioned Barbecue. They will be feeding pit-roasted meat, beans, potato salad and rolls. The cost is $11 for adults and $8 for seniors.

The community theater performance of “Colorful Characters of Paisley Past’ will be at the K&L Building on Saturday, July 26, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Based on Carolyn Pottorff’s new book of the same name, Colorful tells the true-to-life stories of Paisley’s early settlers and the good, the bad and the ugly that they experienced. Pottorff will be available to sign her book during both performances.

For kids ages 3-11 there will be the Greased Pig contest at the Community Center at 3 p.m. Whichever kid is fortunate enough to catch the coveted, slippery swine gets to claim it as the prize. Other events at the Community Center Lawn will take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m., consisting of a treasure hunt and race to find coins in a haystack.

Rounding out Saturday’s activities is the Duck Race at 5 p.m. at the Bagley Ditch which will finish at Anseth Place on Green Street. At 8-11 p.m. is a Dance for the Entire Family at the Community Center.

Sunday wraps up the Mosquito Festival with a breakfast event at the Community Center to support the Fowl and Sheep 4-H Club.

For more information, contact chairman Jo Hoppe at 541-943-3173.

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