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Fairgrounds excitement Saturday
Standard to host fifth annual Marketville
Warren County Fairgrounds will be buzzing with activity next weekend when Southern Standard holds our fifth annual Marketville on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Are you proud of your tattoo? How about your classic car? Or do you just want a great deal on a yard sale item?
The Southern Standard’s fifth annual Marketville will offer a little of everything next weekend at Warren County Fairgrounds. About 70 booths have already been reserved for the event set for Saturday, July 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Vendors of all sorts are lined up to sell their wares. There will be food trucks, baked goods, yard sale merchandise, and a variety of other items, including clothing, jewelry, and soap.
A few booth spaces are still available for $35. Call the Standard beginning Monday at 473-2191 to reserve a spot.
“In our four years of doing this we’ve found people enjoy getting out and visiting the fairgrounds,” said Standard publisher Patricia Zechman. “We’ll have it packed with activity and we’ve planned a number of unique contests throughout the day to keep people entertained.”
Chief among those is a best tattoo contest set for 1 p.m. Entries will not be judged on tattoo volume, but on a single best tattoo. Tattoos in private areas will not be judged.
The car show is also a big draw with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Sweetening the pot is a $100 prize offered by Kidd Ford for the best Ford, and a $100 prize by Bill Holt Chevrolet for best Chevy.
Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 entries and metal license plates will be awarded to the top 50.
Mud Bums is sponsoring a hot wings eating contest at noon featuring the hottest wings on its menu. Participants will try to choke down 10 of the spicy wings in order to win.
If hot is not your specialty, maybe you like chocolate. There will be a chocolate milk drinking contest at 11 a.m. The person who can chug a half gallon the fastest will be the winner.
“We’re trying to plan an event members of the community will enjoy,” said Zechman. “We hope everyone comes out and has a good time.”