MARSHALL — The Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce has scheduled the 39th annual Fireant Festival on Saturday.

“We are so excited to celebrate and do it in a safe way this year,” Executive Director Stacia Runnels said.

The festival will be slightly scaled back, according to Runnels, as the organization finds a balance between canceling the event and keeping the community safe during COVID-19.

“We will have multiple sanitizing stations throughout the event, and we will have masks available for those who want them,” Runnels said, “And we understand that if someone isn’t feeling well, or is still uncomfortable this year, this may not be the time to come out.”

The festival will feature a few new aspects this year, including a raffle benefiting a memorial planned for former Chamber Board President Tim Huff. The chamber will be raffling a 6.5 Creedmoor Browning limited edition raffle at 1 p.m. during the festival, with tickets available for $20.

Additionally, Marshall police Chief Cliff Carruth will be on site Saturday to host the police’s annual National Night Out event.

The Marshall Police Department will have a booth set up throughout the festival, Carruth said.

“National Night Out is a valuable program that focuses on police-community partnerships,” he said. “There is no better way to show that partnership than by joining our community in celebration at the Fireant Festival.”

Additional events include:

6 a.m.: ASK ME Booth Opens (across from Fidelity Main Stage) sponsored by Fairfield Inn & Suites

7 a.m.: Tour de FireAnt registration opens – 200 Block of W. Houston St.

8 a.m.: Christus Good Shepherd Health System food vendors open; Texas Bank &Trust product vendor areas open; McKool-Smith, Sam Baxter Children’s Area & Marshall Police Department National Day Out open; free Piney Woods Farms Petting Zoo opens; R&K Distributors Tour de FireAnt begins.

9:15 a.m.: Genesis Prime Care Toddler Trot and Kids K Races; immediately following is Crossroads Baptist Church Bubble Party in Telegraph Park

10 a.m.: Patterson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Parade

10:30 a.m.: Longview Orthopaedic FireAnt 5K Race

10:45 a.m.: Genesis PrimeCare Diaper Derby for crawling babies (Telegraph Park)

11:15 a.m.: Marshall Mavettes performance presented by VeraBank

11:30 a.m.: Marshall HealthCare Express Community Mascot Dance Off

Noon: Marshall Elks Lodge BEANS Cook-off (Wellington and Austin)

Noon: Texas Rage Cheerleaders Performance presented by Sabine Mining

1 p.m.: Marshall Elks Lodge CHILI Cook-off (Wellington & Austin)

2:30 p.m.: All Elements Heating and Air FireAnt Cupcake Battle (Joe Pine Coffee Co.)

3:30 p.m.: Marshall Ford & Maverick Chevrolet FireAnt King & Queen Contest Awards (main stage)

4:15 p.m.: Marshall Ballet Theatre performance, presented by Gecko Pest Control

5 to 8 p.m.: Rusty Lug Nuts Car Show with extended Main Street shopping hours

6 to 8 p.m.: Clint & the Cosmic Wake Musical Performance

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