4th annual Purdy Festival set for Saturday

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Preparing for the Purdy Festival on Saturday, firefighters Tyler Lowery, left, and Jonathan Shaner prepare the barbecue racks for cleaning. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat

Live entertainment, carnival, livestock show scheduled

The fourth annual Purdy Festival will be held Saturday around the city park and Purdy school campus, with a wide range of activities set to begin at 7:30 a.m. and run through 9 p.m.

Sponsored by the Purdy Betterment Committee, the City of Purdy and the Purdy school district, the festival offers activities, concessions and entertainment.

The day will begin with the third annual Angie Swadley 5K Run and Walk, named for the late educator who was much-loved in the community. The run will begin across from the Ramey Supermarket.

The car and motorcycle show will begin at 8 a.m. on the Community Center parking lot on the north side of the city park, running until 1 p.m.

A livestock show will run for the third year through the day in the elementary school gym and the FFA tent, east of the school gym. Livestock exhibitors can unload by the tent, rather than behind the school as in past years.

The hog show will start at 8 a.m. The sheep show at 10 a.m. and the goat show at noon. A beef cattle show starts at 2 p.m. A chicken broiler show begins at 4 p.m. The steer show begins at 5:30 p.m. and the entire event concludes with a terminal market sale in the gym at 6 p.m.

An indoor craft fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the high school gym. The slow pitch softball tournament will begin at 9 a.m. in the baseball field, east of the school.

For the children, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free carnival rides and inflatables will offer entertainment. A wide range of church and civic organizations will offer concessions on the north side of the school, south of the park. The Purdy FFA will present a petting zoo in the city park. The Barry County 4-H will show exhibits in the school cafeteria. The local National Guard company will have an activity tent on the west end of the park.

A ceremony recognizing veterans in the community will take place from the performance stage at 11 a.m., west of the park. A reception for veterans will be held in school cafeteria and commons area from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Purdy Fire District will sell barbecued chicken dinners from the Lions Club's barbecue pit near the high school gym entrance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Live music will run throughout the day from the stage west of the park. The Difference will play at 10 a.m., followed by 37 Southbound at 11:15 p.m. The Flying Buzzards play at 12:15 p.m., followed by Ozark Mountain Revival at 1:15 p.m. and a jam session at 2:15 p.m. The festival concludes with the Classic County Night Band, playing from 7-9 p.m.

Additional features will include bathtub races on Highway C at 4 p.m. and the annual barbecue cook-off, next to the performance stage. Chefs seeking the title can sign up at Prime Cut in Monett. Entry fee is $25 to cover the cost of the meat. The winner will be announced at 4:30 p.m. and the cooked ribs will be available for sale as dinners beginning at 5 p.m. Competitors can drop off their cookers Friday night and begin cooking in the morning.

Handicapped parking will be located on the east side of the school and can be accessed from Fifth Street and East Gabby Gibbons Drive. General parking will be available in the square around the Project Genesis Park and downtown. Overflow parking will be available by the softball field.

To accommodate the activities, Highway C will be closed from Commercial Street by City Hall to Fifth Street beginning at 9 a.m. and until the festival ends. Barricades will be placed on the Highway, as well as on the south ends of Commercial, Third and Fourth streets.

Police Chief Jackie Lowe encourages motorists to use Washington Street, from North Business 37 to Ninth Street, during the festival. Those moving barricades will receive citations. Lowe also asked festival goers not to block private driveways while parking.

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