Race Days Draws Crowd with Entertainment

Adam Black, Editor

The Ashland Beacon


   It was a day of relays at Raceland’s Race Days Saturday as the annual festival came to a close.

   Children all of ages and their families attended the annual event participating in races and anxiously waited for Larry Pancake and Exile to take the stage.

   “We love Larry Pancake,” Jennifer Weaver said. “Exile is also very good; we really just came out to listen to music.”

   Weaver, along with several other festival go-ers, showed up early to the event, to plant their lawn chairs in their spot and headed off to see everything the festival had to offer.

   “I actually saw it on Facebook and thought it would be good to go to,” Weaver said.

   As Weaver and her family ventured off into the festival, children rallied around the picnic shelter waiting to receive a stick horse for the stick horse races. Children held the stick horses in between their legs and waited for the race to start. With the official go, racers dashed around the track setup to secure their spot in first place and win the ribbon and award.

   “I won first-place,” Eli Brendon said. “It was pretty fun.”

   When races weren’t taking place at the small-town festival, many could be found checking out the food and craft vendors.

   “Who doesn’t love a funnel cake,” Stephanie Cox said. “I have to get one of those (funnel cake) every time I go to any festival.”

   Children ran around with large snow cones and cotton candy as they waited for the watermelon eating contest to start. Once the clock hit 4 p.m., children and adults tried their best to eat as much watermelon as they could to win.

   Parents cheered for their youngsters as they chomped down on the watermelon shouting tips to make sure they won first place.

   “Break it up, eat faster, come on,” one shouted to their child.

   Make sure you eat all the way down to the green,” officials said.

   Once all the rounds of the contest were finished, it was off to get a spot to watch the lawnmower races and entertainment for the night.

   “It’s just a good little festival,” Cox said. “I enjoy coming to it each year.”

   With a large crowd at the festival, Larry Pancake and Exile ended the three-night festival.