Purdy Festival offers fun, summer activities

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
The big spectator event at the Purdy Festival was the bathtub races, where seven teams emerged to try their hand at pushing water-filled tubs on wheels. Sweeping the winners division in double elimination races was Team Mareth, right, with brothers Ed and Pat Mareth pushing the tub driven by Ed's daughter, Emma. The first 20 feet proved crucial to winning, as the Mareths got a jump on the competition, no matter which tub they piloted. The race pictured was one of the closer ones, taking on the Hunters, with Weston Roden driving, pushed by Dalton Stephens and Andrew Martinez. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com

The big spectator event at the Purdy Festival was the bathtub races, where seven teams emerged to try their hand at pushing water-filled tubs on wheels.

There was plenty to see for visitors at the Purdy Festival on Saturday. Abbagail Keener, 3, daughter of Billy and Stephen Keener, of Purdy, found herself drawn to the little animals in the show barn waiting for the goat show. She was especially enchanted by the Nigerian Dwarf goats housed in a dog carrier for safety. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com
Brynlee Moller, 3, took several bouncing descents down the slide on one of the inflatables at the Purdy Festival on Saturday, one of many attractions available free of charge thanks to festival sponsors. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com
Firefighters Avery Evans, left, and Reese Veith turned a rack of chickens in preparation for the midday meal at the Purdy Festival on Saturday. Firefighter prepared 200 chicken meals and 50 hot dog meals, which sold out to the hungry crowd. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com
One of the highlights of the day for young attendees of the Purdy Festival was the improvised water park created by the Purdy Fire District from their fire hoses. For an hour the firefighters gave children two water spouts in which they could stand, jump and ultimately slide around the edges of the city park. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com
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