Paris community members are going to fall in love with this year’s Fall-in-to-Paris events, happening all day tomorrow. The following is The Pariscope’s top five activities that you must attend.
1. Old Fashioned Breakfast
Get up a little early and fill your stomach before the parade. The Senior Center will be serving sausage, eggs, and biscuits & gravy. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under three.
2. Fall-in-to-Paris Parade
The parade is a community staple and this year’s is no different. Come out for this annual celebration and enjoy Paris’ hard work and free candy.
The parade is to take place at 9:15 a.m. on Main Street.
3. Live Entertainment
This year, two bands will be playing at Fall-in-to-Paris. They are:
Hits and Grins
Hits and Grins is a country music band from Nashville, TN. Group members include artists Bill Whyte, Steve Dean, and Victoria Venier.
According to their Facebook page, “Their songs have been recorded by George Strait, Alabama, Rhonda Vincent, Ray Stevens, Colt Ford, Reba McEntire, Cledus T. Judd and many others.”
Don’t miss this one of kind performance. Bring your lawn chairs and park your seats on the south side of the Courthouse Square. They will be playing at 10:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the main stage.
Yes Dear is a local band with members Chris Akers and wife, featuring David How on keyboard.
Yes Dear will be playing from 11:40 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. on the main stage, south side of the courthouse square. Later in the evening, the band will move their performance to Miller’s Bar & Grill. Stop in for a drink and some good music.
4. Chili Cook-Off
Don’t keep grandma’s famous chili recipe to yourself. Be a part of Fall-in-to-Paris’ Chili Cook-Off hosted at the Senior Citizens Center.
Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and the competition takes place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is a $25 entry fee per team, but the prizes are $150 for first, $100 for second, and $50 for third.
Even if you aren’t participating by cooking, you can still come and help be the judge. The cost is $2, but well worth it. You won’t be disappointed.
If chili isn’t your favorite, you can find plenty of food vendors, including a farmer’s market, on the south side of the Courthouse Square.
5. Games and Activities
There will be an array of activities for people of all ages.
Kids will enjoy the free train rides, a bounce house, and other games.
Adults may enjoy the 15th Annual Middle Fork Duck Race. The duck race is happening at 2:00 p.m. at the courthouse fountain. Three rubber ducks will be picked and correspond to $500, $300, and $200 prizes.
Tickets will be sold right until the last second, but get them early! They are almost sold out! It is $5 for one ticket, or five tickets for $20.
Lastly, Fall-in-to-Paris wouldn’t be possible without the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce or its other area sponsors. Please take the time to say thank you to the businesses and people who made this event possible.
Gold Level Sponsors
Consolidated Electric; Mid-Mo Trader; Miller Resident Care; Monroe County Appeal; Monroe Co. Farmer’s Mutual Insurance; Monroe Manor; Regional Missouri Bank; The Paris National Bank; Twin Rivers Trading Post
Silver Level Sponsors
Sydenstricker; Hickman’s IGA; Meyer Implement; Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates; Virtual Images
Bronze Level Sponsors
Casey’s General Stores; Monroe County Elected Officials; Paris Veterinary Clinic; Paris Hardware/jacs; Monroe County Abstract; Glenn & Dorothy Turner; Paris Pharmacy/NE Region Medical; Wade Feeds