Hale named Coal Fest queen as week of events commences
The 2012 Dugger Coal Festival is underway, with the lion's share of the weeklong festival's events starting Thursday.
While Coal Festival Committee Chairwoman Jen Pinkston said events got off to a slow start Sunday with a homemade chicken and noodle dinner at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, attendance was strong for the Coal Festival Queen contest Sunday afternoon.
"We're moving right along," said Pinkston.
There, Cali Hale, 17 and a senior at Union High School, was crowned queen Sunday during the scholarship contest.
Conner Kendall, 17 and a senior, was her first runner up, while Hannah Sullivan, 16 and a UHS junior, took second runner up.
Little Miss and Mister results will be announced in Thursday's edition.
Monday's Pampered Chef Bingo in the Dugger Community Center and Tuesday's bean dinner at the American Legion drew strong crowds, said event organizers.
"It went well," said Carolyn Settles.
Terri Heaton, who volunteered at the bean supper, said over 100 people dined Tuesday afternoon, raising funds for the Legion.
"That's the way it should be," said Heaton. "These are our hometown heroes. They risked their lives for our country. They risked their lives for us."
Heaton encouraged festivalgoers to come out and enjoy the town at its best.
"Come to the Coal Festival and enjoy time with family and friends," said Heaton. "When people ask where is Dugger? It's between family and friends. Let's put Dugger back on the map, as a great place to be!"
Events on Thursday, Sept. 20
* A steak supper will be held at the Masonic Lodge beginning at 4 p.m.
* Vendors will be open at 5 p.m.
* Baby contest registration begins at 5:30 p.m. on the festival's Main Stage.
* The carnival opens at 6 p.m.
* The baby contest will be held on the Main Stage at 6 p.m.
* Terry Lee and the Rockaboogie Band will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage.
Friday, Sept. 21
* The Dugger-Cass Township Volunteer Fire Department will host a Jonah Fish Fry beginning at 4 p.m. in the Dugger Community Building.
* Vendors will open at 5 p.m.
* The carnival opens at 6 p.m.
* Silly Safari's Coyote Chris will perform at 6 p.m. on Stage B located, near the carnival.
* Addiction will perform at 7 p.m. on Stage B.
* The Linda Smith Band will perform at 8 p.m. on the main stage.
Saturday, Sept. 22
* Vendors open at 9 a.m.
* The parade will begin at 10 a.m. with the theme "If I Could Turn Back Time"
* Garden tractor pulls will be held at noon on the north side of the Community Building.
* The carnival opens at noon.
* Union High School Homecoming festivities begin at 1:15 p.m.
* Union High School's Homecoming football game pits the 2-3 Bulldogs against the North Knox Warriors at 2 p.m.
* Mike Owens will hold a musical tribute to Willie Nelson and Friends at 5 p.m. on the main stage.
* Dugger American Legion pedal tractor pulls became 6 p.m. followed by Big Wheel races behind the Dugger Community Building.
* Union High School hosts its alumni banquet at 6:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.
* Abby Valez and Wildfire perform at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage.
Sunday, Sept. 23
* A turkey Manhattan and salad bar dinner will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Dugger Community Building
* Vendors open at 11:30 a.m.
A gospel music performance will be held featuring Roger Conley at 1 p.m. on the main stage.
* The festival closes at 4 p.m.