Eagle Rock Daze Car Show, Howl-O-Ween Fest to entertain community
Medallion hunt week before to offer challenge for thrill seekers
The Eagle Rock Friends of the Library and Eagle Rock Community Association will be hosting its eighth annual Eagle Rock Daze Car Show and Howl-O-Ween Festival on Oct. 28. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
The day will start with a traditional classic car show beginning at 10 a.m., with judging and awards taking place at 2 p.m. Registration for participants begins at 8 a.m. A total of 18 classes will compete.
After viewing classic vehicles, a variety of unique craft vendors will be onsite for shopping opportunities, and food vendors for concessions.
"It's a very family-oriented event," said Susan Crownover, president of the Eagle Rock Community Association. "We have everything from jewelry to candles, and have someone coming who restores cast iron."
The fun really starts for the children at 1 p.m., when a costume contest begins. Afterward, the community building will host free games, a haunted house and other Halloween-oriented activities for area children.
This year, the chance to walk through a scary haunted house will also be available on Oct. 31, Halloween night.
"Normally, the festival is a one-day event, but this year, we are going to have the haunted house open on Halloween night from 6-9 p.m.," Crownover said
Admission to the haunted house is by donation only, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Library Association, which sponsors events for local children throughout the year, including holiday events like Christmas and Easter.
The car show and festival takes a lot of sweat equity to make possible, and no admission fees are collected. Instead, it's all done through the combined volunteer efforts of the two organizations.
"We've been decorating and planning for quite some time," Crownover said. "We had our first car show meeting in April, and the Friends of the Library meets all through the year. The only people we charge is our vendors and car show entrants, and those fees go to support the associations. What we put into it is about what we get back in registration, so we're not out there to make money, but to bring the neighborhood together."
Little Miss and Little Mr. Eagle Rock contest
The traditional Little Miss and Little Mr. Eagle Rock contest will take place the week preceding the festival. To enter, parents should take their child's picture to the Eagle Rock Library, located on Highway 86, by 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20. The library is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Parents are asked not to write their child's name on the picture, but to include a handwritten note and contact information. Winners will receive $50 and a trophy.
Last but not least, for those who like a challenge, a hunt for a handmade, wooden medallion will take place on library grounds beginning at 9 a.m. the Sunday before the festival (Oct. 22), and continue each day until Saturday, or until found.
"Clues [to find the medallion] will be left in the area in front of the library, and if you're an ERCA member and find it, you'll win $500, and if not a member, $100," Crownover said. "It will be out every morning until the Saturday of the event or until someone finds it. They can get a picture of the medallion when they come to get the clue.
"We've been doing the hunt since starting the car show six years ago. The best part is seeing the families come out and hunt. It's just plain fun.
For more information about the festival or its events, Crownover can be reached at 417-271-3386.