Tebbetts Picnic and Muttonfest to return Sept. 22-24

A group of children and their families surround a large wooden board utilized for turtle races Saturday, June 29, 2019, at the annual Tebbetts Picnic and Muttonfest. A group of turtles were placed in the center of the board, released and then cheered on by their owners, as they waddled to the outer corners of the board. The first two turtles to exit the painted circle moved on to the finalist round.

The Tebbetts Picnic and Muttonfest will return Sept. 22-24.

Sam Richards, the event's organizer, said there is no entry fee to the event.

The classic & muscle car show will be 5 p.m. Sept. 22. Richards said there will be no judging or entry fee, drivers can just bring their cars to show.

The "Travel the Gravel" 5k and fun run will be on Sept. 23. Registration is free and opens at 7 a.m. The race starts 8 a.m. at Tebbetts Methodist Church and will end at the Turner Katy Trail Shelter. Richards said the race will be sanctioned this year.

A flag ceremony will be conducted by the Mokane Amvets at noon Sept 23., followed by a dedication of the completed Katy Trail mural at 12:30 p.m.

A fruit pie contest will be conducted Sept. 23. The entry deadline is 2:30 p.m. Judging will begin 3 p.m. and winners will be announced at the pie auction 6-7 p.m.

Richards said there will now be two judging classes for the pie contest -- ages 15 and younger, and ages 16 and older. The new categories are intended to "involve younger people more than we have in the past," Richards said.

An antique tractor and hit-miss engine show will be 3:30-8:30 p.m. Sept 23. Richards said hit-miss engines are new to the picnic and hopes to get more of them, only having "one to two last year." A kids pedal tractor pull will be 3:30-5 p.m. Sept 23.

Flat Footin' Follies will be clogging from 5-6 p.m. Sept 23.

Country artist Issac Smith will perform Sept. 22 5-6 p.m. Blake Hagner will provide music and karaoke 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept 22. Country artist Alyssa Large will perform 7-8 p.m. Sept. 23. Sarah Parker will perform 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 24.

An open church service will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 24. The service will include representatives from Dixie Christian Church, Tebbetts Methodist Church and Community Fellowship Church.

A food stand will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 22, 8 a.m. -10 a.m. and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 23 and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept 24. A beer stand will be open daily from 11 a.m. until close.

There will be at least eighteen different vendors at the event. Richards said this is "more than twice as many" vendors than the event has seen in the past. Offerings include local honey, kettle corn, cotton candy, handmade jewelry and crochet crafts. Vendors will also offer face painting and an inflatable obstacle course.

Two different guns will be included in the gun raffle -- a Savage long rifle and a Remington rifle. Participants must be eighteen or older. There will be 200 tickets available and will cost $10 each.

A quilt donated by the Tebbetts Quilting Club will also be raffled off. Richards said it was "very nice of the ladies quilting to donate" the quilt.

Richards said there is a new parking lot being built adjacent to the community center so attendees wouldn't have to park across the highway. The parking lot will likely be open by the event "if it doesn't rain," Richards said.

An event that will be missing this year is the fiddle contest. Richards said he "hated to break that tradition," but there had not been a good turnout for the past 3 years.

The picnic will be located at Tebbetts Community Hall, 5544 State Route 94. The picnic will close at 2 p.m. Sept. 24.