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Jellico woman hosts May Day at Indian Mountain State Park

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By PETER SAWYER

 Alla Faye Monday is inviting the community to Indian Mountain State Park Saturday to participate in May Day.

“It’s a pretty big event,” Monday said. “We have as many parents as we do kids.”

There were 156 children who came last year, Monday said.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and is open to anybody who wants to come. 

“I invite all of them,” Monday said. 

The events include a sack race, three legged race, 50-yard dash, softball throw, jump rope contest, jumping jack contest, wheelbarrow race and relay races. 

There is also the “town’s biggest tug-of-war.” 

This involves all of the men pulling against all of the women.

People can also bring lawn chairs and just watch, Monday said.

“It is just a good day of fun and fitness,” Monday said. “And that’s why I do it.”

Monday, owner of Alla Faye’s Fun and Fitness, has hosted this event for eight years, and sponsors it herself.

“It’s just something I thought up to do because I enjoyed it when I was in school,” Monday said. “It’s good clean fun.”

Monday remembers participating in May Day in Jacksboro when she was in school. 

But it ended years ago. 

Monday decided to bring it back because she loves fitness and wants children to have fun, she said.

Monday’s sisters, Fonda Harris and Marilyn Shelby, will help her with the event. 

They bought shirts, trophies and ribbons for the participants. 

Local merchants, such as the salon or flower shop, also participate by sponsoring items, such as free haircuts or flowers, to give away, Monday said. 

There will be a drawing for the items donated by the merchants every fifteen minutes.

“Everything’s free,” Monday said.