Celebrating Purdy

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
The annual bathtub races during the Purdy Festival has become a community tradition with teams of three, one driver and two pushers, competing for bragging rights. Contributed photo

Annual Purdy Festival scheduled for Saturday

Children’s rides, a petting zoo, a car show, food, family and friends are all on tap this weekend in Purdy.

The Purdy Festival is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday in Purdy. Festivities are set up to include the town square, Purdy Park and the Purdy school grounds.

The Purdy Festival is celebrating 10 years of family-friendly community fun.

Event organizer Renae Neill said the original idea behind the Purdy Festival was to provide a summer time activity for local youngsters to help bring the community together.

“It was the teachers at the school who decided to do something fun for the community,” Neill said. “Purdy is very much built around what happens at the school. The school is the heart and soul of our community, and we just wanted a great old time, fantastic day together as a family and a community.”

The Purdy Festival includes a little something for everyone. During the event, the town square will be filled with dozens of classic cars for the annual car show, children’s carnival rides are provided free of charge and the annual bathtub race is an all-ages attraction that sees community members pitting three-person teams against each other in a traditional bracket.

Neill also said the local 4-H Club displays their projects for community members to see during the festival.

“Almost everything, unless you want to buy food or a snow cone, is free, so it’s a way to come out and spend time with your friends and family without having to spend a lot of money.”

Neill also said the Purdy Festival has become a generational event, with older school alumni volunteering to man the event information booth and share their knowledge with visitors.

For more information about the Purdy Festival, people may visit its Facebook page or www.purdyfestival.com.

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