Plans De­vel­op­ing For Ozark Or­chard Fes­ti­val

FES­TI­VAL FUN BE­GINS SATUR­DAY, SEPT. 16

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Sally Car­roll McDon­ald County Press scar­roll@nwadg.com

Of­fi­cials and vol­un­teers are nail­ing down plans for the sec­ond an­nual Ozark Or­chard Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, Sept. 16. The fam­ily-friendly, day-long event al­lows res­i­dents to cel­e­brate

their her­itage. It in­cludes a va­ri­ety of events aimed at all ages.

Of­fi­cials and vol­un­teers are nail­ing down plans for the sec­ond an­nual Ozark Or­chard Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, Sept. 16.

The fam­ily-friendly, day-long event al­lows res­i­dents to cel­e­brate their her­itage. It in­cludes a va­ri­ety of events aimed at all ages.

Last year’s event — the first of its kind — brought in 2,000 peo­ple, of­fi­cials said. Fes­ti­val-go­ers en­joyed a bounce house, cow drop, car­ni­val games, a pet­ting zoo and a dunk tank. Ven­dors of­fered food and mu­sic. At­ten­dees also took ad­van­tage of a 50/50 pot, pie auc­tion and free smoked­chicken din­ners.

Of­fi­cials in­tend to repli­cate that fun again this year, and make the event big­ger and bet­ter, Good­man Mayor Greg Rich­mond said.

The plan­ning com­mit­tee met in late July and dis­cussed shirts for vol­un­teers, as well as ap­prov­ing the ven­dor form.

Vol­un­teers are se­cur­ing do­na­tions for the event and are pre­par­ing to sign up ven­dors.

The next plan­ning meet­ing will be at 7 p.m. Mon­day, Aug. 21, at Good­man City Hall. Vol­un­teers are still needed. Those who vol­un­teer can sign on at any time for a va­ri­ety of jobs — from plan­ning the event to help­ing on the day of the fes­ti­val.

Ac­cord­ing to his­tory pro­vided on the city’s web­site, the town, known as Don­ahue, was the first area af­fected by the en­try of the rail­road. The name was later changed to honor Low­ell Good­man, one of the own­ers of the Ozark Or­chard Com­pany.

Years ago, more than 2,500 acres in Good­man and the sur­round­ing area were cov­ered with or­chards. A strong straw­berry in­dus­try also drove the lo­cal econ­omy.

The fes­ti­val cel­e­brates that her­itage, while pro­vid­ing the com­mu­nity and sur­round­ing ar­eas a fun-filled event.

For in­for­ma­tion, or to vol­un­teer, call City Hall at 417-364-7316.

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