2019 Center Park Days

July 29, 2019

Center Celebrates Successful 2019 Park Days

The 2019 Center Park Days got off to a good start with several activities on Friday night, July 27.

The grill was going, set up under one of the big trees in the park and tended by Dennis McMIllen. Supper plates were enjoyed by many under the tent set up on the park lawn. As people ate and visited, participants in the pageants signed up for the Bathing Cuties and the Little Mr. and Miss contests. The pageants had a Hawaiian theme and the contestants were dressed in hula skirts and tropical print skirts.

Winners in the girls division Bathing Cuties were 1st place, Gracelynn Sue Woodhurst, the 11-month-old daughter of Lindsey Morgan and Evan Woodhurst of Perry; 2nd place, Aarralynn Willard, 3-year-old daughter of Richard Willard of Monroe City; and 3rd place, Pieper McCurdy, 2-year-old daughter of Brandon and Macy McCurdy of New London.

Winners in the boys division Bathing Cuties were 1st place, Jackson Watkins, 17-month-old son of Brittney Thompson and Jeremey Watkins of New London and 2nd place, Lane McGrath, 8-month-old son of Nicole Steele and Dakota McGrath of Mexico.

Winners in the Little Miss Center Park Days were 1st place, Brylee Howald, 4-year-old daughter of Danielle Howald and Daniel Hughes of Center; 2nd place, Jacklyn Albright, 6-year-old daughter of John and Tara Albright of Monroe City; and 3rd place, Alexis Elliott. 7-year-old daughter of Tasha Lennox and Jason Elliott of Vandalia.

Winners in the Little Mister Center Park Days were 1st place, Peyton Elliott, 4-year-old son of Tasha Lennox and Jason Elliott of Vandalia; 2nd place, Henlee Hudson, 4-year-old son of Ton and Danie Hudson of Philadelphia, Mo.; and 3rd place, Weston Willard, 6-year-old son of Richard and Amy Willard of Monroe City.

Vintage cars, trucks, and tractors were lined up on Main Street and there were many people looking and discussing the care and maintenance of the restored vehicles.

A Youth Dance concluded the evening events.

Saturday’s events were highlighted with a parade with Kay Amos, recently retired Director of the Ralls County Library, as Grand Marshal. A Frog Jump contest, Pet Parade, and cake walk took place in front of the bandstand. Adults participated in the horseshoe, volleyball, and cornhole tournaments while youngsters competed in the Fireman’s Water Fight and Pedal Tractor Pull. The 2019 Center Park Days concluded with a catfish dinner and live music by American Standard until midnight.