76th East Texas Yamboree begins
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Get ready for some excitement!

Near-perfect Fall weather is forecast for the 76th Yamboree, which begins today and continues through Saturday.

While a chance of thunderstorms was in the forecast, overall, the week looks great!

Daytime temperatures are expected to be mild with highs in the 80s, with cool nights and lows ranging from the high 40s to the 60s over the 4-day period.

Loaded with events and activities for people of all ages, the Yamboree may be one of the nation’s largest “homecomings,” with estimates from the Texas Department of Transportation that it may attract up to 100,000 people to Gilmer.

It’s certainly among the top festivals in Texas, and much more than a county fair.

Queen Yam LXXVI, Karlie Carol White, will be crowned in ceremonies at the Gilmer Civic Center tonight and Thursday night.

There’s enough going on, including free activities, to keep everyone entertained. From the carnival downtown to the livestock shows at the Yamboree grounds off U.S. 271 North, expect four fun-filled days!

And the food—you’ll find some of the best barbecue, turkey legs, yam fries, hamburgers available in East Texas, and more!

Activities and events are listed below.

Abbreviations mean the following: CC means Civic Center, YP means Yamboree Park, CS means Courthouse Square, HS means Gilmer High School, and TSG means Trinity Street Gym.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

7-8:30 a.m, Broiler Sifting (YP)

8:45 a.m., Broiler Show (YP)

10:30 a.m., Historic Upshur Museum (on the northeast corner of the square) opens, display of Queen’s Gowns. (CS)

12:30-1:30 p.m., Goat Weigh-in (YP)

2 p.m., Goat Show (YP)

6 p.m., Carnival/Youth Night, all rides half-price until midnight.

7:30 p.m., Queen’s Coronation, Civic Center.

Thursday, Oct. 17

8-9:30 a.m., Market Swine Weigh-in.

9 a.m., Home Canning Judging (YP); General Exhibits (YP)

10 a.m., Bandstand Opens (CS), Inside Exhibits (YP), Hobby/Crafts Show open (YP), Photography Show opens (YP).

10:15 a.m., Coffee for Queen/Court, First Baptist Church Parlor, Cass St.

10:30 a.m., Museum Opens, Display of Queen’s Gown. (CS)

11 a.m., Swine Show (YP)

11:45 a.m., All Service Club Luncheon (HS gym)

Noon, Carnival Opens (CS), Outside Exhibits Open (YP)

12:30-1:30 a.m., Rabbit Check-in and Sift (YP).

2 p.m., Rabbit Show (YP) (Pee Wee Rabbit Show immediately following Rabbit Show)

6 p.m., Steer Weigh-in and Dairy Heifer Udder Check. (YP)

7:30 p.m., Queen’s Coronation (CC)

8:30 p.m., Street Dance at Bandstand (CS)

10 p.m., Queen’s Ball for Queen Yam and her Court (by invitation only)

Friday, Oct. 18

8 a.m., Shop Projects (YP)

8:30 a.m., Pee Wee Swine Class (YP)

9 a.m., All Exhibits open (YP), Bandstand opens (CS); Art & Photography Shows open (YP)

9:30-11 a.m., Yam Pie Check-In (YP)

10 a.m., Carnival opens (CS), Quilt Show (YP)

10:30 a.m., Museum opens, display of Queens’ Gowns. (CS)

11 a.m., School/Youth Parade (CS)

Noon, Area Bands perform on Bandstand (CS), Yam Pie Judging (YP)

1:30 p.m., Steer Show (YP)

3 p.m., Jr. Dairy, Commercial Dairy Show (YP) (Commercial Dairy immediately following Jr. Dairy), Yam Pie results (YP), Yam Pie Sale immediately following.

4-9 p.m., Gospel Stage opens (CC)

8:30 p.m., Street Dance at Bandstand (CS)

Saturday, Oct. 19

8 a.m., Junior Beef Judging

9 a.m., All Exhibits open (YP), Bandstand opens (CS), Antique/Classic Car Show (W. Cass St.)

10 a.m., Fiddler’s Contest registration, Bandstand (CS), Carnival opens (CS), Quilt Show (YP)

10:30 a.m., Museum opens, display of Queens’ Gowns

10:45 a.m.-9 p.m., Gospel Stage opens.

11 a.m., Queen’s Parade (CS)

Noon-2 p.m. Yamboree Barbecue (YP)

12:30, Gospel Stage opens (CC)

1 p.m., Fiddler’s Contest (CS), Marching Contest (HS), Bottle-Fed Class (YP),

2 p.m., Livestock Sale (YP)

8 p.m., Barn Dance (TSG)

8:30 p.m. Street Dance at Bandstand (CS)

(For more details, see the second section of today’s Mirror.)
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