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Happening @ Homecoming
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 8:03 PM

Jump up and find yourself a frog: Dillsboro Homecoming is just around the corner! With this year’s theme As Time Goes On, the May 16-19 street festival features old-time contests, frog jumping and costumed competition, Grampa Cratchet, Poor Jack Amusements midway and Nashville entertainment, said co-chairman Brett “Mooch” Hamilton.
New this year will be an activity from Shelbyville, he said. “It’s Human Hamster Balls – like the ones you run around in,” said Hamilton. The balls and their human occupants will roll around on top of the water in a 2-foot deep, 40-foot pool.

And returning from the past? Bingo!

Wednesday’s activities begin at 7 p.m., with opening ceremonies followed by prince and princess, king and queen and other awards, then Twinkie eating, a scavenger hunt, apple peeling, corn shelling and crosscut saw competitions.

Stage entertainment begins on Thursday, with Skallywags providing the music at 8:30 p.m., following the baby contest at 7:15 p.m. Registration for the 24-month and under crowd will be 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

“We’re trying to have a smoke-free entertainment area,” Hamilton said, asking smokers to respect others sharing their space.

Frog competitions are Friday, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Billed as the 35th annual, the frog contests have no entry fee and no age limit. Following, Midnight Special will play classic rock from the 70s and 80s at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday is chockful of activities:
*the 5K run and walk at 8 a.m.;
*parade at 11 a.m.;
*classic car show at noon in the US Bank lot (432-3631 to register);
*Zippo the Clown will perform at 12:15 p.m.,
*parade winners announced at 12:34 p.m.
 *and the South Dearborn jazz band and show choirs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Evening entertainment includes Linda Lee from Arcadia, Ind., then The Brasher Bogue Project and Michael Ray out of Nashville, all country music performers. The music starts after the opening ceremony at 6 p.m.

“They’re all openers for the headliner, which is Jeff Bates. He’s a pretty good Nashville act,” said Hamilton.

Last Updated on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 8:09 PM