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Jessica Harris poses as Loretta Lynn during last year’s “Back in the Day” fundraiser at Golden Leaf Commons..

For the third consecutive year “Back in the Day” returns to the Golden Leaf Commons with local talent on display performing skits and lip syncing to songs of the past to raise funds for the Family Violence & Sexual Assault Unit and the Child Advocacy Center. This year’s event. also know as Throwback Thursday, is at 5:30 p.m.,Thursday May 9.

Nancy Turner, director for family violence prevention, said she is pleased with the community support shown by participants and those coming to watch the show the first two years in support of what FVSAU does in the community, but she is urging people to buy their tickets early so they will know how much food to prepare. No tickets will be sold at the door.

The show begins with a family sitting on the porch with the older ones rocking away in rocking chairs while the children are sitting around suffering with boredom. The play gets moving as the older ones begin reminiscing about the past. Turner said there are several funny skits scheduled and others imitating stars such as the Blues Brothers, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and others.

The “Back in the Day” play has its roots based in reality. When Turner was growing up in Skippers she would visit her brother, who was several years older, at his Low Ground Rd. home.

“I would spend the weekend with them,” Turner said. ”The neighborhood had a talent show.”

Turner said she was about 10 and Kids in the area would gather at the home of Mr. and Mrs.Wendell to perform. Adults the neighborhood would gather around in chairs and watch Turner and the other children show off their talent.

Fast forward to present day and the fundraiser coming up in a couple of weeks and the local talent will be recognizable to most in the audience, if you can identify them through their costumes. Commonwealth Attorney Patricia Watson, Sheriff W.T. Jarratt and Emporia Police Chief Ricky Pinksaw will be in the pool of talent hitting the stage.

The show begins with a 5:30 p.m.to 6:30 p.m. Happy Hour, followed by a pork tenderloin dinner cooked site. Baked beans, cole slaw and rolls will be served. The show begins at 7 p.m. The tickets are $20 each. For tickets and information call (434) 348-0100.