3rd Annual Purdy Festival set for Saturday

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

5K run, ball tourneys, food contests, live music planned

A full range range of activities and entertainment will make up the offerings at the third annual Purdy Festival, slated for Saturday at the school and city park in Purdy.

The community gathering offers free rides, a day of tournaments and fun for all ages.

The day will begin at 7:30 a.m. with two events. The second annual Angie Swadley Memorial 5K Run/Walk will begin, starting from a new location at the Windstream parking lot, south of the Ramey Supermarket. Those interested in advance information can contract Chelsea (Swadley) Powers via email at cpowers@cassville.k12.mo.us.

The annual Purdy Livestock Show will again be held in the air conditioned Purdy Elementary School gym. Exhibitors must unload animals from the south side of the school. The show will begin at 7:30 a.m. and run into the evening with the premium sale.

The festival will only block Highway C from Front Street to the east end of the park. Parking for senior citizens or the handicapped will be available in the school parking lot next to the ball fields on the east side of the school.

The car show, organized by Ken Terry, will get underway at 9 a.m. in the square around the Project Genesis Park, north of Highway C. Showing will continue into the afternoon.

The slow-pitch softball tournament will begin at 9 a.m. on the high school baseball field. Players and teams may contact coach Josh Hughes for play details via email at jhughes@purdyk12.com.

Most of the major activities begin at 10 a.m., including the free carnival rides and inflatables, provided by Party Station of Nixa, which supplied services for Monett's Fourth of July celebration. Rides will be set up in the city park, north of the high school, until 4 p.m. Favorite returning features will include pony rides, Tubs of Fun and the swings. A mechanical spider for riding bronco style will be a new addition. Along with inflatables, the carnival will have the two-person joust, a large obstacle course, bungee run, giant slide and a dragon hide-n-seek.

At the same time, the Purdy FFA will provide a petting zoo for children north of the recycling building in the park.

A craft fair will again offer an opportunity to view and purchase unique creations by local artisans. The show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the high school gym. For additional information, people may contact Stephanie

Fuller via email at sfuller@purdyk12.com for entry information.

Not-for-profit and church groups can also secure booth space along the north side of the high school for promotions or offering services and refreshments. Additional information is available from Julie Terry via email at ken.terry@windstream.net.

Additional booth space remains available for both.

A special recognition for all veterans will take place at 11 a.m. at the main stage for the festival, located under the shade trees west of the city park. A reception to honor the veterans will follow in the Purdy Community Buildings across the street.

Serving of chicken dinners from the cook shack north of the high school gym will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prepared by Purdy Fire District personnel. Proceeds will go toward festival expenses.

Bathtub races are planned on Highway C at approximately 3 p.m. Teams of three or four contestants should arrive with a designated driver to sit in the water-filled wheeled tubs, along with pushers. Competing teams will battle each other in time trials.

One of the major competitions will be the third annual barbecue cooking contest. Competitors will cook west of the park through the day then sell their creations following judging. Dinners will be available beginning around 5:30 p.m. for $10. Contestants will pay a $50 entry fee to cover the cost of the ribs. James Thomas from Prime Cut will again run the contest.

Live music by several bands will run through the day from the main stage. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to stay and enjoy the entertainment. Plans have begun for a possible talent show.

The Purdy Festival is a joint effort of the Purdy community. The Festival Committee receives support from the Purdy School District and the city.

Questions about any of the events should be directed to Renae Neill at 417-840-0528.

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