Monday, October 20, 2014

NW Fall Festival This Saturday

The Pumpkin Patch
Final preparations are still being made at this time and prayers for good weather are going up, but it looks like this years Nanih Waiya Fall Festival is going to be bigger and better than last year. “Things are really coming together and there is a lot of excitement this year,” said Jerry Hemphill, President of the Friends of Nanih Waiya Community Park board. “Unfortunately there are a couple of other events locally that day as well. This was just the only weekend we could all put it together. Hopefully everyone can come to ours and go to the other events as well.”

The festival kicks off bright and early at 7 am with registration for the Swamptown 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Premier Ford. Last year 43 runners/walkers participated in the race through the country on a relatively flat course. This year the top finishers will receive a cash prize as well as a medal. Just after the 5K begins the first ever Swamptown Kids Fun Run sponsored by the Tot Spot will start. The youngsters will race on a much shorter course and may encounter some obstacles or surprises along the way.

At 9 am the festival gates will open to the public. Several craft, retail and food vendors will be lined up so be ready to shop for almost anything. The carnival area sponsored and bounce houses sponsored by The Pack Rat Store and Party Hoppin Rentals will be up and running as well. So be ready to make a donation and get your kids a stamp to play all day. And back by demand is the hayride to the pumpkin patch sponsored by Warrior One Stop and Woody's. There will be a tractor pulling a trailer full of hay across the pasture and through a wooded trail to a secluded pumpkin patch just loaded with big ole pumpkins for every child.

Just after the gates open, Pastor David Keen will open the festival with a prayer followed by the National Anthem. Next there will be a HUGE announcement regarding the Nanih Waiya Community Park. After that the day's entertainment sponsored by Woodmen of the World and The Refuge 107.1 will begin. Featured acts include Ben Johns, Southbound, Corey and Cara Jackson, Slim Pickins and Pinnishook and possibly some more local entertainment.

Other activities that day include a good ole fashioned cake walk featuring cakes baked locally and a bake sale. There are also several raffles going on including a custom 4x6 shooting house, a Yeti cooler and a playhouse. There will also be two Club Level tickets for an upcoming MSU game raffled off in a deck of cards drawing. Only 52 chances will be sold that day.

So bring your kids, your checkbook, and a little bit of time and enjoy the Second Annual Nanih Waiya Fall Festival. All proceeds from the donations, raffles, bake sale and food goes to support the Friends of Nanih Waiya Community Park's effort to build a community park in Nanih Waiya. Go to Friends of Nanih Waiya Community Park's facebook page to see more about the festival and the progress toward their park.