Plans complete for Purdy Festival

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Plans are complete for the first Purdy Festival, which will be held Saturday on Highway C from Front Street to Fifth Street. Live music, games, activities and concessions will be offered in events that begin at 10 a.m.

Highway C will be closed to through traffic during the festival. Traffic will be routed north on Front Street to Washington Avenue and east to Eighth Street.

Parking will be available at the gravel lot by the Ramey Supermarket, the softball fields off Eighth Street and the gravel lot by the Purdy Farm Center. Handicapped parking will be available east of the school.

Vendors' booths will be located on Commercial Street, between Highway C and Washington Avenue. More than 20 vendors are expected. In addition, a crafts farm and farmers' market that includes homemade goods will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the high school gym and by the north gym entrance.

The livestock show, open at no charge to any 4-H and FFA chapter member, will be held in the elementary gymnasium. The hog show starts at 7:30 a.m., the sheep show at 8:30 a.m., the dairy show at 9 a.m., the goat show at 9:30 a.m., the beef breeding stock show at noon, the steer show at 4 p.m. and the terminal market sale at 7 p.m.

Exhibitors must register one hour before showtime. Stall animals will be kept in the middle school parking lot on the south side of the school complex.

One of the festival's main events will be the dedication of the new veterans memorial at 1:30 p.m. in the new park, east of city hall. State Representative David Sater will speak. The memorial holds the names of 281 veterans from Purdy who have served in the Armed Forces. A reception for veterans will be held at approximately 2 p.m. in the Community Center.

The co-ed slow-pitch softball tournament will be held at the high school baseball field, beginning at 9 a.m. Cost is $100 per team. Play begins at 9 a.m. Registration can be made by contacting Joshua Hughes at

The pedal tractor pull will be held in the west end of the Community Center parking lot, by the caboose. Registration will be at 10 a.m. with the competition to follow. Registration is $1. There are three divisions: ages 2 to 4, 5 to 7 and 8 to 10. The distance to pull is 50 feet.

Water games will be held on the east end of the community center parking lot from 1 to 3 p.m.

Free amusement rides will be offered at the city park, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ride sponsors are the Genesis Project, Hayes Heating and Air, First State Bank of Purdy, RM Industries, First Baptist Church of Purdy, Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church, Arnhart Baptist Church, First Free Will Baptist Church of Purdy and Purdy Assembly of God.

A petting zoo will be offered in the city park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., offered by the Purdy FFA.

Archery fans can compete in the Arch Angels Archers Novelty Shoot-Out east of the airplane in the school outdoor classroom. Competition runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The novelty shoot involves scoring over a 10-minute period.

A chicken barbecue will be held at the barbecue pit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A hot dog meal will also be available. All proceeds will go to support the festival.

A classic and antique car show will be held around the new park north of Highway C between Commercial and Third streets. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Judging will be held at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $10.

Bathtub races will be held on Highway C at 5 p.m. Teams of five people are encouraged to organize and come to the race.

The barbecue cook-off will be held north of the high school. Judging will begin at 5 p.m. The entry fee is $50 and covers the cost of the meat. Contestants can enter by contacting Prime Cut in Monett at 235-5990.

Live music will be held throughout the day from the stage located west of the city park. The microphone will be open for walk-up performers from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Playing at 1 p.m. will be Ozark Mountain Revival. The fiddle contest will be held at 2 p.m. Glory Bound will play at 5 p.m. Closing the evening will be the popular band Tequila, Lime, No Salt, from Monett, beginning at 8 p.m.

For information about booths or entering any of the contests, contact the festival via email at

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