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Community to celebrate 30th Annual “Old Butler Days”

August 7, 2019 

By Tamas Mondovics

Food, games for children, rides, continuous local entertainment, vendors, auction, and fantastic door prizes are all on the list for all to enjoy during a two-day celebration scheduled in Butler this weekend.

The Butler Ruritan group is once again teaming up for the “2019 Old Butler Days” celebration beginning Friday, August 9 from 3–10 p.m. and Saturday, August 10, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Babe Curtis Park located at the end of McQueen Street in Butler.

Organizers emphasized that the annual celebration is the group’s “fund-raising event for the year,” so support is vital to keep the momentum and remembering the past.

Participants can enjoy delicious food such as hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, French fries, funnel cakes, garlic parmesan cheese fries, and shaved ice. BBQ and soup beans with cornbread return to the menu.

“Kids Corner” will return with a lot of games and activities for children. “Ayla the Dreams Fairy” and “Insane Angel Art” are new attractions this year, while the Butler Fire Department will host children’s games, including their famous “Bouncy House” and the “Train Ride” through Butler.

Entertainers for Friday night will be Tommy Short, Joel and band, Forgiven, Nowhere Valley Band and Randy Dandurand “The Famous Unknown” band will close out the entertainment.

Saturday entertainers will be Roan creek Praise Team, The Ashe Mountain Boys”, “Mark Larkins Steel Drums,” Privette Bluegrass Band, “Backroads Bluegrass,” Kenny Price and band, Cobbs Creek Baptist Church choir. Finally, at 7 p.m. Billy Gambill and his band “Ghosts to Salute” will close out the entertainment.

This year’s raffle prizes include $2,000 in concrete and labor from Butler Concrete Service, 223 AR Rifle w/2-30 Round Mag 21″ barrel, 36″ Blue Rhino 4 Burner Gas Griddle as drawing for door prizes is scheduled for every hour.

Vendors will offer an assortment of unique products so plan on doing some early Christmas shopping for those special gifts.

Visitors are encouraged to plan some extra time to tour the Butler Museum. “Live Auction” will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m.

A “Salute to the Military will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the flag pole to honor veterans and those currently serving the country.

“The Butler Ruritan sponsors old Butler Days,” with all proceeds to go back to the community.

The Ruritan meets on the 4th Monday of each month at its meeting hall, located above the fire department at 291 Piercetown Road with a potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. and a meeting to follow at 7 p.m. For more information please call Mike at 768-2277.