Plans taking shape for 5th annual Purdy Festival

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Carnival rides, livestock show, bathtub races will return

Preparations are underway for the fifth annual Purdy Festival, which will be held on July 16 in the city park and on the school district property.

According to Renae Neill, festival spokesperson, many of the same features from past years will return to offer a full day of interactive entertainment and events for all ages.

The fourth annual Run for Angie 5K or 1 Mile Madness, a fundraiser in memory of the late educator Angie Swadley, will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot just north of the Ramey's Supermarket. Sign-in and registration runs from 7-7:20 a.m.

The Angie Swadley Memorial Co-ed Softball Tournament will begin at 9 a.m. in the school's ball fields.

Activities at the park will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. Concessionaires, booths for local churches and not-for-profits, as well as political candidates, will open in the driveway on the north side of the school beginning at 9 a.m.

The annual Purdy livestock show will be held throughout the day. A tent will be set up for livestock on the east side of the school by the baseball diamond. Competition will again be held in the elementary school gym.

New this year will be a livestock show for special needs exhibitors at 11:30 a.m. This will be a first for the area and bears no cost for the participants, who must bring their own animals to show.

Park activities will include inflatables, free carnival games and rides and pony rides. The Purdy FFA will host a petting zoo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A 4-H exhibit will be offered in the school cafeteria. Plans are still taking shape for a car show, Neill said.

Live music will begin at 11 a.m. west of the city park and run until 7 p.m. The Purdy Fire District will again host a barbecued chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the cook shack in the southeast corner of the park. A crafts fair and show for specialty vendors will again be offered in the high school gym from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At 11:30 a.m., a reception will be held for all veterans of the community in the school commons area on the west end of the cafeteria.

At 3 p.m., the fire district will again host bathtub races on Highway C in front of the library. Water fun will follow for children to play in showers provided by spraying water hoses.

More features may be added as details take shape. Persons seeking additional information or to secure a spot in the livestock show or a vendor's booth may call Neill at 417-840-0528.

Parking will be available in the school lot for senior citizens and the handicapped. Others attending are encouraged to park on side streets and around the Project Genesis square.

To accommodate the activities, Highway C will be closed from Commercial Street by City Hall to Fifth Street beginning at 9 a.m. 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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