Tickets going fast but still available for Good Ol' Days

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Tickets are starting to be snapped up for several events that will help make up the 30th annual Fort Scott Good Ol' Days.

Organizers and others involved with the upcoming street festival said Tuesday that many tickets are still available for the celebration's scheduled main events, which include a singing and dancing contest, a carnival, and a chicken dinner.

Tickets for four big events -- Fort Scott Idol, the Pride Amusements Carnival, the Good Ol' Chicken Dinner, and a new event this year, Dance Fort Scott -- are available at Country Cupboard, 12 N. Main St.

Country Cupboard owner Judy Renard said the most popular ticket for sale at her store is Fort Scott Idol, a singing contest now in its sixth year that attracts many singers from across the area. It is modeled after the popular "American Idol" TV show.

Renard said she had sold 90 tickets for the show as of Tuesday, but it is likely to be a sellout by Thursday.

"We have plenty of tickets for everything," she said. "Idol has outsold everything."

Fort Scott Idol is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Hall, 1 E. Third St.

Renard said the Good Ol' Chicken Dinner, set to take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, is currently the second most requested ticket at Country Cupboard. Renard said she has sold 65 tickets to date but she anticipates selling between 600 and 800 tickets by Friday.

The cost is $7 for a dinner of Chicken Mary's chicken, two sides, bread and a canned beverage of the person's choice.

The dinners will be available on Wall Street between Scott and Main streets. Drive-up service will also be an option.

Renard said 18 tickets have been sold for Dance Fort Scott, a new event added this year that will allow area dancers to showcase their talent. That event is set for 3 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Hall. Each contestant will get a certificate and winners will receive prizes.

"This is a new event and a great time to go to Memorial Hall and rest and finish up Good Ol' Days in the cool air conditioning," Renard said.

The Pride Amusements Carnival, which runs from Thursday through Sunday, is offering special discounted wristbands for pre-sale at a cost of $15.

The wristbands can be used for any five-hour period at either carnival location throughout the weekend. Renard said the store just began selling the wristbands and she had already sold 11 as of Tuesday.

Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lindsay Madison said Tuesday the chamber is still accepting entries through Wednesday for the Good Ol' Days parade, which starts at 6 p.m. Friday. The parade currently includes about 30 entries.

Grand marshals for this year's parade will be the families of longtime festival board member Becky Weddle and longtime festival committee member Tony Fleeman, both of whom died last year.

The parade will also feature original festival founders to celebrate the event's 30th anniversary.

The downtown area is expected to be filled with vendors selling everything from food and clothing to arts and crafts.

"We have more booths this year than we've ever had," Good Ol' Days board member Janet Braun said.

A variety of live entertainment options will be available throughout the weekend. Admission to the festival is free, but some events will require a fee.

This year's featured performer is Wade Henry, a native of Canada and accomplished juggler, unicyclist, ropewalker, fire-eater, equilibrist, magician, speaker and comic who will perform four shows on Saturday and two shows on Sunday in the Skubitz Plaza area in front of the Fort Scott National Historic Site.