Plans ready for sixth annual Purdy Festival on Saturday

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Kyler Propps and Tyler Keeler, from the Purdy FFA, were busy Monday morning setting tents for the petting zoo, part of the Purdy Festival on Saturday. Contributed photo

Games, livestock show, live music planned for annual event

Plans are complete for the sixth annual Purdy Festival, which will be held Saturday at the city park and on the grounds of the Purdy school district.

According to Renee O’Neill, chairperson of the festival organizing committee, all the popular features will be back for the daylong event.

“It seems like the positive outlook and energy in our town just keeps growing,” Neill said. “Once again, we will be able to offer free rides and inflatables from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., all because of the generosity of many. In addition to yearly favorites like the pony rides, bungee trampoline, tubs of fun and avatar swing, we are also adding a trackless train ride.”

Activities will begin with the Angie Swadley Memorial Scholarship 5K and 1 Mile Madness runs. Registration will be held at 7:30 a.m. in the Windstream parking lot across from the Ramey’s Supermarket. For additional information, people may contact Chelsea Powers at 847-846-7564.

The Angie Swadley Memorial Co-ed Softball Tournament will offer its first game at 8 a.m. Openings remain for additional teams. Interested players may contact Michael Morris at 417-489-0993.

The Purdy FFA chapter and Friends of the Purdy FFA will again host the annual Purdy Livestock Show. A livestock tent will be erected next to the high school gym. Weigh-in for market hogs begins at 7:30 a.m., with showings at 8 a.m. Other livestock showings will follow through the day, offering young people an opportunity to show their sheep, dairy and beef cattle, goats and chickens.

Additional livestock show information is available by calling 417-489-7893. Special accommodations will be offered for exhibitors with special needs at 11:30 a.m.

The FFA will again offer a petting zoo tent, placed at a new location this year north of the music stage.

A car and motorcycle show will again be held, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Registration costs $10. Judging will begin at 9:30 a.m. Trophies will be awarded from the music stage at 1:30 p.m.

The live music stage west of the school will serve as anchor for the event, starting at 11 a.m. Bands will include Screendoor Serenade, the Flyin’ Buzzards, Ozark Mountain Revival plus Melissa and the Girls. Bleacher seats will be available. Those attending are welcome to bring lawn chairs.

A craft and vendor show will be held in the air conditioned high school gym from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendor space is still available. Indoor space will also be provided for Barry County 4-H exhibits.

A reception for veterans will again be offered in the commons area of the high school. Veterans and their families are invited to stop by for cupcakes, tea and lemonade between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

A wide range of food will be available. Barbecued chicken dinners will be available at midday, cooked at the pavilion east of the public library. Shaded seating will be available. Other vendors will offer authentic Mexican dishes and traditional carnival favorites such as corn dogs and snow cones.

At about 3 p.m. the Purdy firefighters will host bathtub races on Highway C north of the city park. Pre-registration is not needed. Teams of three in all age groups will race against each other, two at a time, seeking the fastest two-block pace. Following the races, firefighters will offer water fun on the highway, providing geysers for young people to enjoy.

“Our goal is to provide a day full of family fun for little or no cost, and we remain humbly grateful to the generous donors who give so that this can be possible,” Neill said. “Look for banners around the festival grounds and find their names listed in the programs, then be sure and let them know that you appreciate them too.”

Traffic will be blocked on Highway C between City Hall and Fifth Street for the duration of the festival. Motorists will be diverted to Washington Street from Commercial to Ninth Street.

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