Sheridan celebrates community with annual festival

Residents in Sheridan are gearing up for a big weekend of events as the annual Sheridan Festival gets going Friday morning.

“It brings a lot of people home and stirs up the economy a little bit,” said Macel Anderson, owner of Booze and Buns in Sheridan and one of the festival’s organizers. “It lets us show off our community a little bit for people who have never been here before.”

The weekend kicks off on Friday morning with the quilt show at the high school, which starts at 10 a.m.

Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., registration begins for the Sheridan All Class High School Reunion, which happens every five years.

That evening, the Sheridan Main Street Improvement Team will have their Wine Festival at the newly finished Main Street Park.

The event is MSIT’s main fundraising event of the year, Anderson said. The wine festival will feature 16 wines and five microbrews along with appetizers and a live and silent auction. Tickets are $25 and will be available at Booze and Buns or at the event.

Saturday morning starts early with the pancake breakfast at Kiwanis Park at 6:30 a.m. At 7 a.m. registration begins for the second annual Ken Steiner Memorial Car Show.

At 8 a.m. the “try-athon” begins at the Sheridan Swimming Pool.

This event will include a 150-yard swim, 1,200 yard run and mile bike race, said pool manager Colton Hellwinkle. Entry fees are $5 a person and $10 for a team.

“The money goes to the pool, which helps sponsor free swim passes and lessons for some of the kids who can’t afford them,” Hellwinkle said.

At 10 a.m. line up for the parade begins in front of Sheridan High School. The parade begins at 10:30.

After the parade, the festival moves to the city park where there will be food vendors, live music, cow pie bingo, a barbecue lunch and kids’ activities.

Judging for the car show begins at 3 p.m.

At 5 p.m., the prime rib sandwich dinner for the all-class reunion starts at the high school. The event is open to the public even if you’re not attending the reunion, Anderson said.

The street dance on Mill Street begins at 8 p.m. to finish off the day.

On Sunday at 9 a.m. there will be a church service at the new Jackson Community Garden just east of town on Mill Street. Following the service will be a community brunch to raise money for the garden.

The festival is sure to be a big weekend of fun for Sheridan and its residents, said mayor Dean Derryberry.

“More than anything it’s just the fact that it’s once a year and that a lot of people in the community get out and mingle and visit with their friends,” he said.

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