Pierce City's annual Howdy Neighbor Day (HND) festivities are scheduled to kick-off Wednesday and will include a wide variety of entertainment for all ages. Activities continue through Saturday, Aug. 22.
According to HND Committee Secretary Jane Slagle, there will be approximately 25 booths, which will offer patrons the opportunity to purchase various items such as food, crafts, household items and more.
Event organizers place a bridge across the creek on Saturday as a way to showcase event sponsors. The bridge is actually a 53-foot semi trailer that has been decorated.
"This year we replaced the floor of the bridge and painted it blue with a big yellow sun, which is located in the middle. There are also clouds painted on it," said Slagle. "We hope people will really like it."
Slagle gave thanks to Grande Tire, who helped with the needed donations to paint and put the new floor in the bridge.
|Carnival rides, provided by J & J Magic Midway Carnival, will be up and running throughout the event. Patrons can purchase armbands for the rides that will be good for all four nights.|
"We have been told by the state fair conventions past president, Brian McPherson, who does the inspections on carnivals rides that we have one of the nicest and cleanest carnivals in the state," Slagle stated. "That's quite a compliment."
Some of the local organizations with booths include the Pierce City Mighty Mite and high school cheerleaders who will have snow cones and T-shirts available for purchase.
Members of the Barry-Lawrence CrimeStoppers will also be participating in the festivities and will be giving out free balloons to patrons.
Continuing with their participation in the annual event will be St. Mary's Catholic Church, which will have funnel cakes, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, of Pulaskifield, will have Polish sausages, and Decatur Lodge 400 AF&AM will be serving dinner from Thursday through Saturday.
In addition, the Knights of Columbus Pierce City Council 7130 will have its annual beer garden, which will be located on the north side of the creek.
Slagle said they already have approximately 12 sign-ups for each of the Kids Got Talent and the HND Idol contest. Entries for all contests, including the bath-tub race and duck race will continue to be accepted at the HND booth until the time of each event.
The pie-in-the-face contest, which is on-tap for Saturday evening, will give the winner of the penny-a-vote auction an opportunity to throw a "real" pie in the face of the winning contender. Contenders include Pierce City School Board President Jim Barchak, Pierce City School Superintendent Russ Moreland, Pierce City School Board member Fred Slagle and Pierce City Mighty Mite Football Coach Doug Chapman.
"We want to thank all of the area businesses who help sponsor the festivities and St. Mary's Catholic Church for letting us use their parking lot," said Slagle. "We really appreciate them, especially with the economy as it is. It's a community effort and the festivities are just like a big family picnic."
Slagle said there are no fees to patrons for parking and donations are always welcomed to help cover costs for the event. A detailed schedule of events accompanies this article.