Plans detailed for Purdy Festival on July 20

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

More details have been announced for the second annual Purdy Festival, slated for Saturday, July 20.

Registration for booth space is now being accepted. Vendors will set up in the high school gymnasium and parking lot. Vendors can set up from 4 to 7 p.m. on July 21 or the morning of the festival. Booths will operate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Electric service will be available for an additional $5. Vendors must bring extension cords. Food vendors must have proper permits from the Barry County Health Department. All vendors must declare their merchandise to reduce competition issues.

For more information, contact Laura Hensley at 417-442-3216 Ext. 277. Cost for a 10-by-10-foot space is $30. Registration fees can be mailed to Hensley at PO Box 248, Purdy MO 65734.

Activities will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the 5K run. A pancake breakfast will run from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Purdy Community Building.

A livestock show will run for the second year through the day in the elementary school gym. The hog show will start at 7:30 a.m. The sheep show at 8:30 a.m. and the boer and dairy goat show at 9:30 a.m. A beef cattle show starts at noon. A steer show begins at 4 p.m. The event concludes with a terminal market sale in the gym at 7 p.m.

A slow-pitch softball tournament will begin at 9 a.m. in the baseball field, east of the gym. A special sand volleyball court will be set up in the park for a volleyball tournament, beginning at 9 a.m.

A chicken barbecue dinner will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lions Club barbecue pit. An arts and crafts show will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the high school gym.

Free amusement rides will run from noon to 8 p.m. in the city park, where a petting zoo for children will also operate. A classic and antique car show will run from 1 to 5 p.m. on streets surrounding the Mareth Park, between Third and Commercial streets, north of Highway C.

Live music begins at 1 p.m. on a stage at the west end of the city park. The first band plays at 1 p.m., followed by the fiddle contest at 2 p.m. More bands follow, concluding with a major concert at 7 p.m.

In the parking lot around the Community Building, planned activities start in the afternoon. The fire department will host water games at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the east end of the lot. Bathtub races will be held on Highway C at 5 p.m.

A reception for veterans will be held at 2 p.m. in the Community Center. Judging of the barbecue cook-off will be held at 6 p.m. near the pre-school parking lot.

More information is available by e-mailing to purdyfestival@yahoo.com.

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