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Rossville readies for 'Summer's End'

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PARADE: The Rossville Summer’s End Festival, Aug. 23-26, includes a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday. Jean Wolfe will be this year’s grand marshal.
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FUN: A toddler enjoys one of the amusement rides at the 2017 Rossville Summer’s End Festival. The festival opens Thursday, Aug. 23, with rides from 6-11 p.m.

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

The members of the Rossville Business Association met Tuesday to discuss details for the upcoming Summer’s End Festival, the town’s biggest annual event and last hurrah before fall hits.

The event is scheduled for Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 23-26, with activities held at Town Park, Rossville Auditorium, Angel Hill Golf Course, the Rossville Volunteer Fire Department, the Masonic Lodge and the Rossville United Methodist Church.

For the past few years, the Summer’s End Festival has opened Thursday evening so kids and their parents can enjoy the Huesman Amusement rides an extra four hours from 6-10 p.m.

According to RBA member Fred Rodkey, the food court is full and nearly all of the other vendor booth spaces have also been claimed.

Friday from 4-11 p.m. the food court and amusement rides will be open, and the evening’s entertainment at the Town Park Pavilion includes the little kids’ and babies’ contests along with the queen pageant.

Bev Miller of the RBA, who orchestrates the three different kids’ contests, has seven little girls vying to be Little Miss and four boys competing to be Little Mister. Also, there are three girls and four boys participating in this year’s Cutest Baby Contest, she reported.

The Queen Pageant will feature five contestants, according to organizer Lisa Brown of the RBA.

Friday evening’s entertainment will end with The Last Vinyls band at 7:30 p.m. Band mates Michael Dahm and Rodney Telfer of Lafayette bill their show as “an acoustic rock-n-roll journey” featuring classic rock, ‘80s, ‘90s and today’s music, according to their Facebook page. 

Saturday opens at 6 a.m. with the ever-filling Pancake and Sausage Breakfast hosted by the Rossville Volunteer Fire Department and the 7 a.m. check-ins for both the Hornet Hustle 5K Fun Run/Walk and the Rossville Golf Tournament.

Jean Wolfe is being honored as the grand marshal for this year’s parade, which steps off Saturday at 10 a.m., the RBA reported.

Also on Saturday will be the vendor booths, amusement rides, food booths, Masonic Lodge Fish Fry, Rossville United Methodist Church Chicken Noodle Dinner, the Laurell Hodson Memorial Car and Bike Show, organized by Ann Hodson, and old-fashioned contests, such as a Cake Walk, organized by Ashley Anderson.

Rossville students will entertain audiences at 2:30 and 7 p.m. with their annual Prime Time Variety Show in the Rossville High School Auditorium, and Mason Creek will be on stage at the Pavilion Porch from 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Fireworks at dusk will close Saturday’s events, and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. the Summer’s End Festival will wrap up with a Community Worship Service in the RHS Auditorium, led by Pastor Allen Weldy.