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Smoke Rings performs from the Harris Insurance Pavilion stage on Friday at Merchants Park in the final Mini Ag Days Celebration. The new look festival will conclude with a Walk-up Wednesday, at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

MOUNT CARMEL — Friday’s celebration marked the final Friday Mini Ag Days celebration.

Ag Days, which has become a staple celebration marking the end of summer in the community, had been cancelled as its original entity and moved to the four mini Ag Days celebration for the first time in the festival’s history.

Organizers did their best to make the most of an unfortunate situation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as it just wasn’t plausible to host such a large-scale event as Ag Days. With the Mini Ag Days, it was a suitable compromise that scaled the festival and still offered some semblance of the original celebration.

To celebrate the final day, the band Smoke Rings was performing on the Harris Insurance Pavilion Stage at Merchants Park, and the street once again was laced with some tasty options for consumers.

The Ag Days lemon shake ups were present for purchase once again, accompanied by food options such as Jaleigh’s Cajun Kitchen, Kolb’s Culinary Creations, Bobe BBQ, Poppin’ Johns’ homemade ice cream, and more.

If you didn’t quench your lemon shake up fix, don’t worry, you’ve got one last chance.

The finale will come this Wednesday — a symbolic celebration denoting the start of what would have been the start of the traditional Ag Days — with a Walk-up Wednesday starting at 11 a.m. Food options available will include shredded beef tacos, chicken fajita tacos, mini cheesecakes, Aunt Paula’s Chocolate Chip Cookies and last but not least, the famous lemon shake ups. You won’t want to miss it!

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