Gravette fall festival offers attractions for all ages
GRAVETTE — The front parking lot at Ozarks Community Hospital was bustling with activity Saturday evening when the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual community fall festival. The evening’s celebration began at 4 p.m. and offered attractions for all ages. Participants were encouraged to come in costume and many, both children and adults, did so.
A number of booths were set up with games and treats for the children. Participants were on hand from several area churches, organizations and service clubs. Games included an “Operation” game, bean bag toss, toilet paper toss, a spinning wheel, “get out of jail” and many more. Candy and treats were given as prizes.
Other booths offered the opportunity to exercise one’s creativity and paint a pumpkin or have a “tattoo” painted on one’s face or arm. Members of the Gravette Historical Museum Commission set up a booth featuring an antique tractor used as a backdrop for souvenir photos.
A petting zoo provided by area 4-H members allowed visitors to pet everything from a horse and a donkey to several fluffy rabbits. Bouncy houses were set up under the trees nearby where youngsters could bounce away. Another booth called “Flippin’ Crazy” held a trampoline and allowed folks to strap themselves in, bounce off the trampoline and soar skyward to do aerial acrobatics. Another area allowed participants to test their archery skills. Other vendors offered items for sale, ranging from clothing and jewelry to seasonal crafts.
Emergency vehicles were displayed, with a police car from the Gravette Police Department and a Gravette Fire Department ambulance and fire truck on hand, manned by emergency responders and the department’s fire prevention dog. Two helicopters were also displayed, one from Air Methods and another manned by the Air Evac Life Team working with Northwest Medical Center. Northwest also displayed an ambulance and had emergency personnel on hand to show the services they will now offer in the area.
Free hot dogs with chips, sweet treats and hot chocolate or tea were served. The chili cook-off gave festivalgoers another chance to sample some tasty fare, with
tasting cups sold for a dollar, allowing them to sample each pot of chili. Six chili cooks entered the competition, Faith Jobe and teams representing the Gravette Fire Department, the Gravette Police Department, Metal Building Supply and two from the OCH dietary department. Officer Mike Savage of the Gravette Police Department won the trophy for best chili and a $100 cash prize which he plans to donate to the department’s Shop With A Cop program. Regina Martin and Ima Jean Matlock, the team from Metal Building Supply, won the trophy and $50 cash prize for the most creative booth.
The festival was scheduled to end at 7 p.m., but some visitors lingered beyond that time, enjoying the many activities and events. As darkness fell and cleanup began, they made their way to their vehicles and all seemed to agree it was another very successful Gravette fall festival.
Paden Carr, 7, and Mason Walker, 6, pose for a photo with the Gravette Fire Department’s mascot fire prevention dog at the Gravette community fall festival Saturday, Oct. 27. Several Gravette firefighters were on hand to display their fire truck and equipment and were accompanied by the spotted dalmation, a traditional fire department mascot.
Lexie O’Neill, 9, of Gravette, dressed as an attractive young witch, flashes a big smile for the camera as she pauses from painting a pumpkin at the Gravette community fall festival Saturday evening, Oct. 27. Lexie was one of several youngsters who showed their creative side, painted pumpkins and displayed them under a nearby tree.