Spruce Country Days returns for second year

SPRUCE –After seeing the success of the inaugural Spruce Country Days last year, members of the Loyal Ladies Project have decided to host the event again.

The event is slated to be held in Spruce Saturday beginning at 8 a.m., and there are activities planned for the entire day. The event ends at midnight.

Event organizer and Loyal Ladies Project member Cyndi Apsey said Spruce Country Day gives residents and visitors a chance to celebrate old-fashioned living and get reacquainted with friends and family. She said there will be things for people of all ages to enjoy, including a parade, craft show, bake sale, an open mic jam session and a beer tent. Apsey said there also will be food available all day, entertainment and dancing, as well as face painting for kids.

“We only intended to have it for one year to go with another project, but it was a huge hit and we had a lot of people tell us we should do it again,” Apsey said. “The funds raised from this will be used for our next art project.”

Besides the open mic entertainment, Apsey said Ross Mead & North Country will perform country hits and should provide a great opportunity for people to hit the dance floor.

“They are fantastic and I’m really excited to see them,” she said.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and line up begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Spruce Lutheran Church. Apsey said entries are still being accepted and will be until just before the parade begins.

“If you want to be in it just show up, even if it’s just kids on decorated bikes,” Apsey said.

Other than the food and drinks and items at the craft show, the events are free, Apsey said. She said the dinner with feature barbecue ribs with homemade side dishes. The cost is $15 for a large portion and $10 for a smaller one.

“We hope to see everyone come out, join us and have a great time,” Apsey said. “I think everyone here is really excited for it and it should be a lot of fun.”

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