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Walnuts 2Alton, Mo. — The 30th annual Ozarks Black Gold Walnut Festival takes place on the Alton square Saturday, Oct. 3.
The kick off will be Friday night at 5:30 p.m. when the Run for the Gold (5k run/walk) will begin on the square and end on the square. The route will be marked will lights and personnel.
On Saturday, booth set up will be from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Opening ceremony is at 9:00 a.m.
A pumpkin carving contest takes place at 10:00 a.m. A baking contest using Black Gold Walnuts and a woodworking contest using walnut wood also are scheduled.
The Alton Chamber of Commerce is sponsor of the event.
Music is scheduled throughout the day, and food booths will be on hand. The chamber booth will have walnuts for sale.
K-Kountry 95 will be broadcasting live from 9 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. The Walnut Idol contest starts at 4 p.m. First place prize is $95.
Craft booths and demonstrations are welcome. To participate in the Walnut Festival, contact Ruth Wright at 417-270-2594 or Dinah Slaughter at 417-778-6475.

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