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Ashby Appreciation Days start Friday [UPDATED]

Published 11:04am Thursday, July 19, 2012 Updated 11:15am Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ashby is joining in the summer festivities with the annual Ashby Appreciation Days this weekend.

There will be a variety of events for the entire family, including a free movie in the park at 9 p.m. Friday.

Activities begin early on Saturday with a 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Food Shelf Benefit Breakfast at the Ashby American Legion.

Non-perishable foods and cash donations are encouraged.

Following the breakfast is the Ashby A’s Softball Tournament that begins at 8 a.m. at the Ashby School ball field.

The 1K Fun Run for kids aged 4 to 9 also begins at 8 a.m. while the 5km Run and Walk starts at 8:30 a.m., both events beginning at county roads 82 and 10.

All three activities require registration.

The Bean Bag Tourney registration begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Melby and Nelson with a fee of $20 per team.

The tournament begins at 11 a.m. with prizes awarded for the top three teams.

The popular free appreciation lunch that is sponsored by Ashby area businesses also begins at 11 a.m. at the City Park.

In previous years, more than 700 have attended the lunch, making it the largest attraction and a crowd favorite.

Ashby Appreciation Days is known for it large alumni gatherings with many Ashby high school reunions taking place this weekend too.

“Alumni come back and visit people they haven’t seen in a while,” said Martin of Ashby City Hall. “It’s a great way to see old friends.”

Later in the afternoon Saturday, at 3:30 p.m., are the finals of Ashby’s Got Talent.

The Ashby parade will begin downtown at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by the outdoor dance at Murphy’s and the American Legion at 8:30 p.m.

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