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Marion County has a full weekend of activities on tap

Activities abound this weekend in Marion County in celebration of summer and Independence Day.

Marion Sesquicentennial

In honor of Marion’s 150th anniversary, a car show will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Central Park, Marion.

Entries will be accepted through Saturday morning for vintage and customized cars and trucks.

Prizes will be awarded for street rods; trucks 1950 through 1954 and 1955 through 2011; classic cars 1953 through 1958 and 1959 through 1975; and late-model cars 1976 through 2011.

A dash plaque will be given to the first 50 entries. Food vendors, displays, and a live disc jockey will be in the park.

For more information or to register, call Greg Carlson at (620) 382-2985.

In conjunction with the car show, the Marion County Annual Antique Flea Market will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Central Park.

Vendors are welcome.

For more information, call Jeanice Thomas at (620) 382-3206.

Following the events in the park, Marion Senior Center will host an old-fashioned ice cream social and cake walk 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 309 S. Third St., Marion.

Following the social, Marion City Library will offer an outdoor movie at dusk, around 9 p.m. Saturday. Participants should bring lawn chairs.

All events are free for spectators.

A dance, featuring the band The Soul Preachers, will be 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Willy J’s, 131 S. Thorp St., Marion.

Florence Picnic on the Lawn

The 13th annual Picnic on the Lawn will be 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Harvey House Museum, Florence. The menu includes fried fish, mountain oysters, salads, side dishes, and homemade desserts.

Cost is by donation which will support the museum.

Fireworks in Aulne

Aulne United Methodist Church will sponsor a Fourth of July celebration beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church in Aulne with a fireworks display. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Hillsboro Family Fun

The 4th of July Family Fun and Movie Night will be 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the Scout House, 802 S. Birch St., Hillsboro. An inflatable obstacle course and moonwalk will be available 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. A hot dog meal will be available 6 to 7:30 p.m. County commissioner Roger Fleming will have a meet and greet 6:30 to 7 p.m. A sparkler bike parade will begin at 8:30 p.m. All are invited to attend a movie at 8:45 p.m.

Peabody’s Fourth of July

Peabody will offer a farmers market 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the city park. A carnival will also be available. The Callahan Band will perform 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at Peabody American Legion Hall. Admission is $5 per person.

The flea market and carnival will continue Sunday. An alumni dance will be 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday at the legion hall. The DJ will be Jay Gfeller. Admission is $5 per person. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund. For more information about the flea market, call (316) 773-2119.

A flag ceremony will be at 6 a.m. Monday at the city park. A horseshoe pitching contest will begin at 8 a.m. Monday. For more information, call (316) 382-5884.

The flea market also will begin at 8 a.m. Carnival rides, a rock-climbing wall, and children’s games will be available throughout the day.

A car show, bike show, and motor blow will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Santa Fe Park. For more information, call (620) 345-6652. A dog show will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the city park. Free swimming will be offered at Peabody city pool.At noon Monday, the Bob Phillips Poker Tournament will begin at the legion hall. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. Monday.

The 90th annual fireworks show will begin at dusk Monday in Peabody Park.

Redneck in Ramona

Ramona will offer a day of events Monday for its annual Redneck in Ramona.

A 10-kilometer and 2-mile run will begin at 8 a.m. Monday. A breakfast featuring biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, and drinks will be served 8 to 10 a.m. at Ramona Senior Center. Donations will benefit Ramona Park and help pay outstanding bills incurred by the now-disbanded senior center.

Food concessions will open at noon Monday.

The James Weber memorial three-on-three basketball tournament will begin at 2 p.m. Monday. A lawnmower obstacle course will open at 3 p.m. Monday. Children can participate in a water slide, games, a dunk tank, and covered wagon rides.

The annual redneck parade will begin at 6 p.m. Monday. More than $700 in prizes will be awarded, including a $100 prize to the best redneck family.

After the parade, a tractor pull will begin. Children may participate in a pie-eating contest and adults in Spam carving. First prizes in each will be $25.

The Greenhorns will perform at 7 p.m. Monday. Admission is free. Attendees should bring lawn chairs. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. Monday.

For more information, call (785) 258-4085 or visit

Last modified June 29, 2011