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Ironmaster days now open

The streets are closed.

Thursday, June 21, 2001

The streets are closed. The carnival’s up. Food vendors are ready. And, at noon today, city officials will open the 2001 Ironmaster Days.

"We’re ready for the kickoff," said Jack Adkins, Ironton Business Association co-president.

At noon, city and area politicians will make speeches. And, the IBA will denote its honorary ironmaster – Jim Staley – with a plaque presentation. The kickoff will take place at the Ironton City Center.

Volunteers with the IBA began the final preparation steps Wednesday, as police blocked streets.

Traffic is stopped on Third Street between Park Avenue to near Washington Street. The carnival is set up on Second Street this year.

Entertainment is featured in the afternoons and evenings.

Antique engines, including an old Amish "hit and miss" engine used for making ice cream, are just a few of the must sees this year.

Performance highlights include Blue Max (Swing/Big Band era type music), 9-11 p.m. today; Ricky Lynn Gregg on Friday and The Byrd’s on Saturday.

The Ironmaster beauty pageant will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Ironton City Center.