Citizens in Coats and throughout the area will get a chance to relax and celebrate the tradition of farming with the annual Farmers Day celebration which will be held in areas throughout town.
Coats Chamber of Commerce officials say heavy rains Thursday from Hurricane Michael will not stop the Farmers Day tradition from continuing as it has for 106 years.
“We have had a few vendors who have canceled because of the storm and I understand that, but other than that everything will go on as normal,” Coats Chamber of Commerce Director Pat Godwin said. “We are expecting a good crowd.”
As in the past, the annual parade will be the featured event of the celebration. The lineup of farm equipment, beauty queens, political candidates and others will begin the procession down McKinley Street at 1 p.m. The parade will feature Coats Farmer of the Year Sandy Langdon. Local farmers are the grand marshals.
Concerts at the Farmers Day campground tonight will mark the beginning of the celebration.
Jason Williams and Hard Luck will be the featured artist tonight. There will be an $8 charge for noncampers to enjoy the concert.
The meat will also go on the grill tonight for the annual Pigs in the Park Barbecue Cook-Off. The results of the cook-off will be available for sale for $9 a plate by the Coats Lions Club Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
The fun will start early Saturday morning with registration beginning at 8 a.m. for the Farmers Day Car and Truck Show. The show will be located on the corner of North Railroad and Lemon streets beginning at 10 a.m.
There will be a farm equipment show on Railroad Street beginning at 10 a.m.
Live entertainment will go on throughout the day on the Main Street stage. Performers will include choirs from Coats Elementary and Coats-Erwin Middle School, the Triton Showstoppers, Southern Dance Explosion and other acts.
Horse lovers will get their chance at the fun beginning Saturday at 9 a.m. as a free trail ride begins at the campground. Those who participate will be asked to sign a wavier before being allowed to participate.
As always, Farmers Day will be fun for all ages. A play area for the youngest participants will open with inflatables and games at the corner of Main and South Railroad streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be another concert at the campground Saturday night. The Highway 301 Band will be the featured act at that concert.