CANTON — Canton is gearing up for its fourth annual Canton Heritage Days, which will be held Sept. 28 and 29.

"it's a good time," said organizer Terry Gribble. "The proceeds from different events ... we put back into the city."

This year, the event's registration fees will go towards constructing new bathrooms in Canton's city park.

Canton Heritage Days will start with a 5K run/walk. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Sept. 28 and the races begin at 8 a.m. in the city park. Adults are $20; children ages 12 and under are $10.

A pancake and sausage feed will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the fire station, located at 125 W. McPherson St. Proceeds from the breakfast will go towards purchasing an automated external defibrillator.

The Canton Heritage Days Poker Run will begin registration at 8 a.m. and riders will head out beginning at 9 a.m. from the fire station to try to win $350 in cash prizes. Proceeds from the ride will benefit American Legion Post 192 in Canton.

There will be a flea market at the McPherson County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be a scarecrow decorating contest from 9 to 10 a.m. and a medallion hunt from 10 to 11 a.m.

Real Pits BBQ will serve up pulled pork, hamburgers, brisket and baked beans from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the park. A beer and wine tasting tent hosted by Back Porch Liquor will also be present.

"People can bring their coolers and lawn chairs and sit around and have a good time," Gribble said. "(Come) see Canton and see what we have to offer."

The Rick Farnsworth Memorial car show will open registration at 11 a.m., start at noon and run through 5 p.m. in the city park.

"We've got more awards this year," Gribble said. "We've doubled the number of awards."

Recognition will be given to the People's Choice selection for cars, pickups, big trucks and motorcycles. There will also be awards for Best Ford/Mercury Car, Best GM Car and Best MoPar Car, along with a Mayor's Choice, Chief of Police's Choice and Superintendent of School's Choice.

King Midas and the Muflers will provide live music from noon to 3:30 p.m. in the city park and registration for a cornhole tournament will begin at 1 p.m. with competition starting at 2 p.m. in the same location,

A street dance will start at 6 p.m. in downtown Canton with singers Lora McDonald, Jaron Bell performing. There is a $5 cover charge.

On Sept. 29, the ATV rodeo will begin registration at 2 p.m. and competitions in barrel racing, pole bending and flat track racing at 3 p.m. at the McPherson County Fairgrounds. ATVs, UTVs and dirt bikes can enter free of charge.

"Bring your ride and your helmet," said coordinator Matt Farnsworth.

For more information about Canton Heritage Days, call Kenna Dacus at 620-803-2225 or Gribble at 620-242-8502; for the flea market, call David Espada at 620-382-4147; for the 5K run and walk, call RaeAnn Koehn at 620-245-5507; and for the ATV rodeo, call Matt Farnsworth at 620-654-6031.

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