Registration underway for annual Purdy Festival

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Team, car show, vendor sign-up information released

Registration is underway for events at the seventh annual Purdy Festival, slated for Saturday, July 21, at the city park and school campus.

This will be the biggest community gathering of the year in Purdy, offering free carnival rides throughout the day, live music, a softball and livestock show, a vintage vehicle show, concessions and activities.

“We are amazed and blessed by the continual outpouring of support from area businesses and individuals,” said Renae Neill, overall festival chairperson. “It seems like the positive outlook and energy in our town just keeps growing. 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. Plan to come and enjoy your free favorites like Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Bungee Trampoline, Tubs of Fun, Avatar Swing, Trackless Train, Mechanical Spider and several inflatables.”

The day will begin with the Run for Angie, the 5K and One-Mile Madness Run and walk to benefit the Angie Swadley Memorial Scholarship. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. at the same location as last year, between the Windstream Building and the Gathering Place on Business Highway 37. T-shirts are available. The run will begin between 8-8:30 a.m. For additional information, people may contact Chelsea Powers via email at

The Angie Swadley Memorial Softball Tournament, also a benefit for the scholarship fund, will begin at 8 a.m. All teams must include six males and four females. Cost per team is $175. After each game, two players from the losing team must umpire the next game. For additional information, people may call Michael Morris at 417-489-0993 or Kenzie Schad at 417-669-3714.

The third annual car and motorcycle show will be held along Third Street. Registration will be held at 8 a.m. and the cost is $10 per vehicle. Custom, classic, street rods and motorcycles are welcome in the show. All entries must be in place by 9:30 a.m. for judging to begin. Trophies will be awarded from the music stage at 1:30 p.m. For additional information, people may call Colby Boyd at 417-737-1496.

A craft fair will be held throughout the day in the school gym and outdoors beside the school. Vendor space of 10-by-10 feet will be available indoors for $35. Electricity will be an additional $5. Concession and vendor booth space of the same size will be available outdoors for $100. Electricity will be an additional $10. Vendors for the craft fair may contact Janice Courdin at Food vendors may contact Mica Propps at Commercial vendors and political candidates interested in outside booths may contact Katie Prock at 417-342-8094.

The livestock show, held in conjunction with the Purdy FFA Alumni, will be held in the elementary gym and in a tent on the east side of the school campus. Weigh-ins will be held approximately a half hour before the show. Events will include the hog show at 8 a.m., the sheep show at 10:30 a.m., dairy cattle at 11 a.m., the rabbit show at 11:30 a.m., the goat show at noon, the poultry show at 1 p.m., the beef show at 1:30 p.m., and the broiler show at 4 p.m. A special show just for special needs children wanting experience handling livestock will be offered at 11:30 a.m.

Information about the livestock show is available by calling 417-442-2315, ext. 1223, or 417-489-7893.

“There will be lots of food to fuel your day, from authentic Mexican fare, to traditional carnival favorites like corn dogs and snow cones,” Neill said. “For those wanting a full meal, why not support an award-winning BBQ chicken dinner? Proceeds will benefit the Eagle Backers scholarship fund. The chicken dinner will be cooked at the pavilion just east of the public library.

“We are thrilled to honor our veterans with a special cupcake, tea and lemonade reception in the commons area of the school. All veterans and current service members are invited to stop by with their family members any time from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.”

The Purdy Fire District will host bathtub races at 3 p.m. on Highway C, followed by water games in the street, which will be closed for the duration of the event. The free petting zoo, hosted by the Purdy FFA, will be held during the day as well. Barry County 4-H exhibits will be on display in the school cafeteria.

Live music will begin at 10 a.m. with the Barry County Youth Chorus. The Red Dirt Rowdy Hour at 11 a.m. will feature the acoustic duo Screendoor Serenade, Dan Conklin and Cody Jones. The Flyin’ Buzzards bluegrass and gospel band will play at 1 p.m., followed by Trent Prewitt and Redliner at 2 p.m. Ozark Mountain Revival will wrap up the formal music at 3 p.m. A jam session will follow at 4 p.m. open to anyone who wants to play. Bleacher seating will be available under the pavilion, but people are welcome to bring lawn chairs, Neill said.

“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.”

Additional information is available by contacting Neill at 417-840-0528 or by email a

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