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July 19, 2019

Only in Wright, could things go so wrong in a celebration … on purpose.

This weekend marks the 54th annual Wrong Days in Wright celebration, where people challenge each other to a game of O-G-N-I-B (Bingo spelled backwards) and play to lose in a cribbage tournament.

While it’s fun to mix things up, the real reason for the Wrong Days in Wright festivities is to bring the community together for some good old-fashioned fun, whether it’s a parade, crowning local royalty, hitting up the St. John’s Church rummage sale, eating delicious food by Minetties or playing horseshoes.

Events kick off Friday, July 19, with the Steak Fry in the Big Top from 4-7 p.m., along with kids games, an obstacle course and bouncy house in the park. After steak, wander over to the pie social at Bethlehem Church from 5-7:30 p.m., followed by O-G-N-I-B games until 9 p.m. Don’t miss the Wright king and queen coronation at 7 p.m. in the Big Top with music by Barstool Revelers to follow and fireworks at dusk.

Saturday highlights include a scavenger hunt at 10 a.m. (info at the Big Top Cook Shack) and the parade at 10:30 a.m. The horseshoe tournament starts at 11 a.m., music in the park from 1-3 p.m. along with volleyball and softball tournaments. There are Button drawings after the parade from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Log Pavilion with a special button drawing at 1:30 p.m. for the cash prizes. Both Friday and Saturday there are kids’ games, an obstacle course and bouncy house in the park

The cribbage tourney — play to lose, remember — runs 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the Fire Hall, followed by a 5 p.m. bean bag tourney at Big Top.

Worth a visit are the Sasquatch Races at 5 p.m. in the park (see YouTube video) followed by music and dancing at the Big Top until midnight.

Things settle down a bit on Sunday, with a breakfast buffet by Minetties in the Big Top until the food is gone, and a community worship service at the Evangelical Free Church at 10 a.m. Softball and volleyball will wrap up on Sunday, and there’s music and a gun raffle drawing at 6 p.m. at Kalli’s Bar.

While you’re there, don’t forget to buy a Wrong Days in Wright button, a tradition that’s been going strong since 1966, according to longtime resident and Pine Knot News columnist Jennie K. Hanson. There will also be several class and family reunions in Wright this weekend, she said.

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