More events, attractions at second Purdy Festival

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A full day of activities are planned for the second annual Purdy Festival on Saturday, July 20. Events will be held around the city parks and school campus.

The festival will begin at 7:30 a.m. with two events. The first Angie Swadley Memorial 5K Run will begin from the parking lot west of the school baseball field, on the east side of the Purdy High School gymnasium. Registration for the run will start at 6:45 a.m.

Registration fee is $25. Proceeds will benefit the Angie Swadley Memorial Scholarship Fund.

A free breakfast for run participants will follow the race in the Purdy Community Center. Awards will be presented to the top three men and top three women to finish. The run is sponsored by The Monett Times and the Cassville Democrat.

The livestock show will also begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Purdy Elementary School gym. Owners can unload their livestock in the middle school parking lot, next to the ag building. Trailers can be parked by the show barn, east of the ballfield.

The sheep show follows at 8:30 a.m., followed by the dairy cattle show at 9:30 a.m., the goat show at 10 a.m., the beef show at noon and steer show at 4 p.m.

Traffic flow around the festival will differ slightly this year. Highway C will be closed between Front Street, at Purdy City Hall, and Third Street. Vehicles will go around the festival by going north on Front Street to Washington and east to Third Street.

"The Purdy Police Department asks that no one attempt to move any barricade that has been placed upon the state highway, or upon a city street to control traffic, or as a safety matter," said Police Chief Jackie Lowe.

Volunteers on Third Street south of Highway C will monitor traffic, directing trailers and sports tournament participants to park by the show barns. Vendors will be able to unload booth materials before parking elsewhere.

The parking lot on the east side of the high school gym will be reserved for parking by the handicapped and senior citizens. Additional parking is available on city streets and east of the school by the softball field.

A slow-pitch softball tournament is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the baseball field. A sand volleyball tournament is planned at the volleyball pit by the community building. Teams can register the morning of the tournament or in advance by calling Laura Hensley at 417-466-3216, extension 277, or register by e-mail at purdyfestival@yahoo.com.

Vendors will open at 11 a.m. in the north parking lot of the high school. The Purdy Fire District volunteers will hold a chicken barbecue at the barbecue pit near the high school gym. An arts and crafts show will run in the high school gym from 11 am. to 7 p.m.

The barbecue cook-off will be held again on the west end of the park, sponsored by Prime Cut in Monett. Cooks wishing to participate can begin cooking in the morning and food will be served around 5 p.m. Last year's barbecue sold out very quickly so more meat will be available this year.

Cost to participate in the contest is $50 for the meat. Meals will be available for a flat price, and those buying dinners can vote on the winners. Cooks can make arrangements in advance by calling Prime Cut at 235-5990.

Live music is also planned throughout the day, from the main stage on the west end of the park. Limited bleacher seating will be available. Spectators are urged to bring lawn chairs.

Performers will include Southern Cross at 9 a.m., and Ozark Mountain Revival at 11 a.m. The Purdy High School Band will march through the festival grounds at 11:30 a.m. Spur of the Moment will play bluegrass at noon, followed by the Flying Buzzards bluegrass band at 1 p.m. .A variety of entertainers will begin playing at 2 p.m. through the rest of the afternoon.

Free amusement rides provided by Mike and Sue England will be set up in the city park, along with a petting zoo.

Other events include a classic and antique car show in the new city park east of city hall, north of Highway C. A reception for veterans and their families, serving cake and punch, will be offered at 3 p.m. at the Community Building.

Evening activities will include bathtub races at 6 p.m. by the park on Highway C. The market steer and hog sale will be held at 6 p.m. in the elementary gym.

Providing music to close the festival will be Classic Country Night Band, beginning at 7 p.m.

The Purdy Festival is a joint undertaking by the Purdy Festival Committee and the Purdy Renewal Project, with support by the City of Purdy and the Purdy R-2 School District.

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