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Powers Lake, Burke County Historical Society host activities

POWERS LAKE – Put the brakes on your old furniture and head to Powers Lake for the furniture races during Powers Lake Days 2020 from Aug. 7 to 9.

The Burke County Historical Society also will be holding its annual open house activities Aug. 8 and 9, including a basket silent auction and an old-fashioned hymn sing on Sunday.

Friday’s events include hot dogs and brats served by Liberty State Bank from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m; Main Street vendors from noon to 5 p.m.; Rancher Renegade Mud Run at 5 p.m. in Lake Park (registration at 4 p.m.); and an outdoor movie “Greater” at the Baptist Church.

Saturday’s events include a farmers market from 9 to 11 a.m.; Main Street vendors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; children’s games at Windmill Park and chicken bingo on Main Street, both from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; and a kiddie parade at 4:30 p.m., starting at the Lutheran Church.

The furniture races start at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Entries must be made of furniture and include working brakes. People can register for $10 at the Country Store and line up at 3 p.m. at the PL Fitness Center parking lot.

A pie-eating contest is scheduled for about 5 p.m. in Lake Park. The Merchants vs. Turley’s Pub softball game is set for 7 p.m.

There also will be food specials, citywide garage sales and sidewalk and business specials.

The historical society museum will be open for tours Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to check out the buildings but activities will all be outdoors.

The silent auction of donated baskets filled with a variety of items begins Sunday at 6 p.m. Bids close at 7 p.m., when the hymn sing begins. People are welcome to join in or just sit back and listen.

Admission to the museum is free, but donations are welcome.

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