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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Catskin Days opens Thursday

  • The annual Catskin Days festival will get underway on Thursday, Oct. 10.
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  • The annual Catskin Days festival will get underway on Thursday, Oct. 10.
    This yearly event, which grew out of the local Halloween festivities will see rides by Brady Amusements, food and craft vendors, a variety of entertainers and USA Championship wrestling free every night.
    This years event promises to be bigger and better then ever with Merle Haggard's son Marty performing 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.
    Carnival rides open at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at noon on Saturday and the Carrier Mills Fire Department will be selling barbecued Boston Butts during the days on Thursday and Friday.
    The name Catskin — nickname for Carrier Mills — harks back to an incident in Carrier Mills history from the late 1800's where a local merchant Wes Cole, owner of the first merchandise and liquor store in Carrier Mills, was tricked by local youths into trading a jug of whiskey for a catskin, thinking it a mink pelt.
    The schedule is:
    Thursday
    6 p.m. — Little Mr. and Miss Catskin Days
    7 p.m. — Social Brethren's God Rods
    7:30 p.m. — Blend
    8 p.m. — USA Championship Wrestling
    Friday
    5 p.m. — High School Senior Class Chile Supper at the Municipal Building
    6:15 p.m. — Carrier Mills High School Cheerleaders
    6:30 p.m. — Kiddie Kats, Jr Kats, Pom Kats and Hip Hop Dance Team
    7 p.m. — RythmEffects Crew
    7:30 p.m. — Cash Revisited, Tribute to Johnny Cash
    8 p.m. — USA Championship Wrestling
    Saturday
    7 a.m. to 10 a.m. — High School Junior Class Pancake Breakfast at t he Municipal Building
    11 am to 3 p.m. — Fire Department Barbeque Lunch at the Municipal Building
    1 p.m. — The Bank of Marion Presents: Catskin Days FALL LUAU Parade
    2 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Roger Black and The Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboys
    5:30 p.m. — Cake Walk
    7:30 p.m. — Marty Haggard "Tribute to My Dad Merle"
    8 p.m. — USA Championship Wrestling
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