Va­ri­ety Of Ac­tiv­i­ties Planned For Ozark Or­chard Fes­ti­val

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The se­cond an­nual Ozark Or­chard Fes­ti­val will give res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate

their her­itage and take part in a va­ri­ety of events aimed at all ages. The event is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Satur­day, Sept. 16. Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica mem­bers, Boy Scouts, youth groups and peo­ple seek­ing vol­un­teer hours are wel­come to con­tact Good­man City Hall at (417) 364-7316 to vol­un­teer. Adult vol­un­teers also are

needed.

A bevy of vol­un­teers is needed to make the se­cond an­nual Ozark Or­chard Fes­ti­val a suc­cess.

The fam­ily-friendly, day-long event will give res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate their her­itage and take part in a va­ri­ety of events aimed at all ages.

The event is set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­day, Sept. 16.

Fes­ti­val plan­ning com­mit­tee mem­bers on Mon­day night said they need a num­ber of vol­un­teers to step for­ward to help in a lot of dif­fer­ent ways. Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica mem­bers, Boy Scouts, youth groups and peo­ple seek­ing vol­un­teer hours are wel­come to con­tact Good­man City Hall at (417) 364-7316 to vol­un­teer. Adult vol­un­teers also are needed.

This year’s event has sev­eral main draws, in­clud­ing free ham­burg­ers, hot dogs and soda; four bouncy houses and two bouncy ob­sta­cle cour­ses for the young­sters; bingo to sup­port the Good­man Base­ball & Soft­ball Pro­gram; a cow drop; a pet­ting zoo; a 50/50 pot; and a pie auc­tion at 1 p.m. that day. Vol­un­teers also hope to have sev­eral ven­dors on hand to sell their wares. Those who at­tend will also have the chance to play games and win door prizes.

Last year’s event — the first of its kind — brought in 2,000 peo­ple, of­fi­cials said.

Cor­ner­stone Bank and First Com­mu­nity Bank have both do­nated $500 to­ward the fes­ti­val, said Good­man Mayor Greg Rich­mond, which se­cured the cost of the bouncy houses and ob­sta­cles.

Rich­mond said he hopes to spread the word and line out some mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment, as well as se­cure vol­un­teers, by plac­ing fly­ers around town. He plans to place at least one main ban­ner by Casey’s so peo­ple will mark the Ozark Or­chard date on their cal­en­dars. Any singer, dancer or mu­si­cal group in­ter­ested in per­form­ing at the fes­ti­val is en­cour­aged to con­tact City Hall.

Vol­un­teers also dis­cussed cre­at­ing a Face­book page for the fes­ti­val to help pub­li­cize the event.

City of­fi­cials have pur­chased $200 worth of elec­tri­cal wire to pro­vide elec­tric­ity for ven­dors who will need that on the fes­ti­val day. Booth space is $10 for the day, or $15 for those who need elec­tric­ity. Ven­dor forms are avail­able on­line at www.good­manmo.net and at city hall.

Vol­un­teers are work­ing to se­cure a pub­lic an­nounce­ment sys­tem, as well as door prizes. Vol­un­teers also have had some un­ex­pected sur­prises do­nated, which will ben­e­fit the city’s funds.

A group of ladies from Crane re­cently do­nated nu­mer­ous cro­cheted, knit­ted and sewn items, in­clud­ing shawls, afghans and quilts. Some of the items will be sold, while the quilts will be auc­tioned. They said they wanted to help the city raise money due to the April tor­nado that ripped through town.

In other busi­ness, Amanda Hall re­signed as sec­re­tary of the plan­ning com­mit­tee and Meghan Sex­son was nom­i­nated for the po­si­tion.

As the fes­ti­val date quickly ap­proaches, vol­un­teers will meet weekly to wrap up de­tails. The next plan­ning meet­ing will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Good­man City Hall. The meet­ing is open to the pub­lic.

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

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