Picnic brings sheep and violins to Tebbetts

The annual Tebbetts and Muttonfest Picnic returns this weekend at the Tebbetts Community Center.

The history of the event dates back to 1948, although it was canceled last year due to a pandemic. He raises money to support the community center, located at 5544 Missouri 94.

Friday kicks off at 5 p.m. with a classic and muscle car show followed by a live performance by the Mackey family and Dan Smith.

Saturday will resume at 8 a.m. with the Travel the Gravel 5K. Registration begins at 7 a.m. on the Katy Trail.

After the 5K, the pastry competition will take place. Entries are due at 1:30 p.m., and judging will begin at 2:00 p.m. The pie auction will start at 5:00 p.m.

The Vintage Tractor Show and FlatFootin ‘Follies are scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m., followed by The Cunningham’s.

Later in the evening there will be a children’s tractor pull at 5:30 p.m. and country music tunes by Mark & ​​Sara starting at 6:30 p.m.

The weekend festivities will end on Sunday with a church open at 10 a.m. The service will be led by Dixie Christian Church, River Circuit United Methodist Churches and South Callaway Community Church.

The day ends with the annual violin competition at noon. Registration begins at 11 a.m.

“The violin competition has been going on pretty much since the picnic started, and it was coordinated by Kenneth Polly Burre,” said event coordinator Robert Mackey. “He continued that until 1999, when he passed away, then we went 15 years without. In 2014, Jim Buffington maintained it until 2018, when I took it over. It’s a long tradition, an old violin competition. It’s a good event, it maintains the traditional style of violin music.

There will be food stalls available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The stands will feature a wide variety of items: mutton, fish, pork steaks, burgers, hot dogs, homemade chips, ice cream, funnel cakes and more. The beer stand will be open all weekend from 11am to closing.

In addition to the weekend activities, children’s games and rides will be available; raffles for firearms, gun safes and quilts; a flea market; sellers; a silent auction; and a Historical Society booth with old photos of Tebbetts and steamboats.

For more information, visit www.tebbetts.org.

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