Purdy Festival slated for July 19
Carnival contracted to provide entertainment
Plans are underway for the third annual Purdy Festival, slated for July 19 with activities centered around the city park.
Free carnival rides and inflatables from the Party Station out of Nixa has been contracted to provide entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the offerings will be pony rides, Tubs of Fun, swings and a mechanical spider. Younger children will be able to enjoy a giant slide, a three-in-one obstacle course and the Dragon Hide 'N Slide.
According to Police Chief Jackie Lowe, it will not become necessary to close the highway to traffic until 9:30 a.m. The second annual Angie Swadley Memorial 5K run will begin at 7:30 a.m. from the Windstream parking lot, south of Ramey's. Organizer Renae Neill said the move will alleviate some of the parking issues encountered for the run last year. For more information, people may contact Chelsea (Swadley) Powers via email at email@example.com.
A slow-pitch softball tournament is again planned at the baseball field, beginning at 9 a.m. Information is available by contacting coach Josh Hughes via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A craft fair will again be held in the high school gym. Vendors may contact Stephanie Fuller via email at email@example.com for entry information. Not-for-profit groups such as clubs and churches will be able to set up booths between the high school and the city park. For additional information, people may contact Julie Terry via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Purdy Fire District will again offer a barbecue chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Purdy livestock show will again in held in conjunction with the festival, beginning 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. For more information, people may contact David Mareth at 417-669-4556.
For the third year, the barbecue cook-off will again be held in the park. Contestants will pay an entry fee of $50 to cover the ribs to be cooked. Judging will be held late in the afternoon. Those attending the festival will be able to buy a barbecue dinner for $10 after judging takes place. James Thomas of Prime Cut will again oversee the contest.
Live music will be provided by local artists throughout the day under the shade trees on the west side of the park. People attending may bring lawn chairs for the concert. A car show is planned next to the veterans memorial in the Project Genesis park, north of Highway C.
Many activities are still in the planning stages. City council members expressed no objections at their March meeting to having a giant slip-and-slide placed in the city park for the day. A follow-up meeting of the Purdy Festival Committee is planned for April 15.