Purdy Festival gearing up for big show Saturday
Activities to run through day in center of town
Preparations are complete for the fifth annual Purdy Festival, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, in and around the Purdy City Park and school district.
"The Purdy Festival is in its 5th year, and there is no way we could put together this great day without all of our community sponsors and volunteers," said Renae Neill, festival chairperson. "We would like to express a special thanks to the local businesses who provide the funds so that all of our rides and inflatables are free. We have a total of 24 sponsors. This is so amazing for a small community like Purdy and speaks volumes about the kind of businesses who call our town home."
Events will begin with the Run for Angie 5K or One Mile Madness at 7:30 a.m., beginning in the parking lot north of the Ramey's Supermarket. Sign-in will run from 7-7:20 a.m.
Other activities begin at 9 a.m. These include the concession stands and informational booths by not-for-profits and political candidates on the driveway in front of the high school. Food and cold drinks will be offered there through the day.
A crafts fair will be offered in the air conditioned high school gym from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Neill indicated more than a dozen crafters and vendors will offer varied and creative products as well as gift items.
The Purdy Renewal Project will offer tours of the Frisco caboose in the city park throughout the day. The organization is seeking to renovate the historic landmark.
"A generous community member has offered to match donations collected that day," Neill said. "The Purdy Renewal Project is hoping to find a way to use the caboose throughout the year for community events."
The Purdy Livestock Show will again be held in conjunction with the festival. Organizers will set up a tent in the parking lot on the east side of the school by the baseball diamond where animals will be available for viewing. Actual showing of livestock will take place in the elementary gym. Exhibitors will have no fee for showing their animals.
New this year will be a livestock show for special needs individuals, which will be held in the elementary gym at 10:30 a.m. Again, there will be no charge to participate. Neill said this feature will offer a unique opportunity to gain experience in handling livestock in front of an audience. Participants only need to show up. Animals will be provided by the FFA Alumni Association.
Other major activities begin at 10 a.m. A petting zoo will again be offered by the Purdy FFA in the show barn just east of the baseball field. The car and motorcycle show will be held on the west end of the parking lot for the Purdy Community Building. There will be a $10 entry fee to participate. Trophies will be awarded in several categories, from vintage to modern.
The Barry County 4-H exhibit, where young people will seek to qualify their projects for exhibit at the state fair, will be shown in the school cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The festival's carnival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the park. The inflatable's will have a Spider-Man bounce house, a giant slide and obstacle course. In addition, the carnival will have a four-person bungee trampoline, mechanical spider ride, spinning gyroscope, dual surfboard, Avatar swing and pony rides.
A special reception for veterans will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the school commons area.
"Cake and punch will be served to all veterans and their guests as a special thank you for their services," Neill said.
Live music will be offered west of the park. Audience members may bring lawn chairs to enhance their comfort for extended performances. Kicking off the festivities will be the Carolyn Riggs family at 10 a.m., Glory Bound at 11 a.m., 37 South Bound at noon, the Flyin' Buzzards at 1 p.m., Ozark Mountain Revival at 2 p.m. and an open jam at 3 p.m.
Barbecued chicken dinners will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the cook shack in the southeast corner of the park. Dinners will cost $5, or $3 for a hot dog dinner, including a drink. Proceeds will benefit the festival.
The Purdy Fire District will again host bathtub races in Highway C in front of the Community Building at 3 p.m. Bathtubs on wheels will be provided. Three-person teams of any age may enter. Following the races, children may enjoy water games in the giant plume of water provided in the highway.
Handicapped parking will be available on the west side of the school. Other parking will be available around the Project Genesis Park east of City Hall.
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.
For additional information, people may call Neill at 417-840-0528.