Charleston merchants begin planning new fall festival

Sunday, July 18, 2004

CHARLESTON - The success of the annual Dogwood-Azalea festival has prompted the Charleston Merchants Group to establish Show-Me Days.

Show-Me Day is slated to become an annual autumn event held Oct. 2 and 3. Along with featuring the area's natural fall beauty and historic homes and churches, the festival will include a classic car show, antique show and sale, 5K run and walk, prayer breakfast, musical entertainment and more.

The merchants group is seeking people to demonstrate crafts from bygone years. Of special interest are broom makers, blacksmiths, applebutter makers, quilters and others.

To help fund the Show-Me Days, the Charleston Merchants Group will host a concert featuring Jerry Ford and his 15-piece band. The concert will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 in the Charleston High School.

Tickets are available at many local businesses including Merle Norman Cosmetics, Charleston Flower and Gift, Terri K's Heartland Florist, Just A Buck, Second Chance, Ivy Villa, The Red Geranium, Bear Creek Mercantile, The Russell Cafe, GH Home Furnishings, The Hearnes Museum, Wanda's Headquarters and the Charleston Chamber of Commerce.

A silent auction will be conducted that evening in the auditorium lobby. Donated items will include merchandise, gift certificates and other services.

For more information or details on how to participate contact the Charleston Chamber of Commerce at telephone number 573-683-8509.

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