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October 10, 2012

Hartshorne's Hard Times Festival Friday night, Saturday

McALESTER — Hartshorne’s Hard Times Festival kicks off Friday night and continues through Saturday afternoon as the town celebrates the spirit which saw so many through the Great Depression.

“We’re not portraying hard times, we’re commemorating it,” said Jerry Earp, who along with Paula Thomason, is helping organize the weekend celebration.

Many of the Depression era items which have been collected  through the years are now on display at a central location.

“Most of our displays are at the Hartshorne Museum,” Earp said, referring to the museum in downtown Hartshorne, which will be open for the event.

Things kick off Friday night with the Poor Man’s Supper and Roadhouse Dance  at Catholic Hall, at 912 E. Cherokee Ave.

The Poor Man’s Supper starts at 6:30 p.m., featuring beans and cornbread for 25 cents a bowl. That’s followed by the Roadhouse Dance from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m., with music by the Kountry Kowboys.

Saturday features a bevy of activities, with food, arts  and crafts and music all featured.

Food prices vary, with some charging a nominal fee and some even offered free of charge.

Saturday activities start with biscuits and gravy breakfast from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3085, hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary, at 304 Apache Avenue.

Music is scheduled to be performed throughout the day from the grandstand in downtown Hartshorne. It’s set to begin at 10 a.m., with folk music from James Beaty and special guest performer, Doug Russell.

Gracepoint, a Christian group is set for 11 a.m.

The music will stop at noon, for the  Granny Hard Times Contest, with entrants typically dressing in their best Depression era styles, with the winner dubbed Granny Hard Times for 2012.

Music continues  around 12:15 p.m. with music from Southern Breeze, followed by rock and blues music from, RosCo and the  Heads beginning at 1 p.m.

Food vendors will be at a variety of sites, with the First Assembly of God Church offering chili and beans. The Haileyville Assembly of God will also have a bake sale, along with Frito pies and nachos.

Bologna sandwiches will be available courtesy of Jones Academy.

In addition to the special food booths and sites, restaurants and other food vendors in Hartshorne will also be offering specials throughout the day.

Children’s Bible story’s and train rides will be offered by the Good News Evangelistic Fellowship.

A quilt show will be held at 935 Penn Avenue, the street which runs through downtown Hartshorne.

Also, an art show will be held at 839 Penn Avenue.

For children “Old Time Kids’ Games,” sponsored by the Twin Cities Youth Center, will be held on the lawn across from Simple Simons pizza,  from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The Hartshorne  Public Library will be  hold its Friends of the Library Book Sale from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday.

“Come out and have a good time,” Earp said.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.

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