Gravette fall fes­ti­val of­fers at­trac­tions for all ages

Westside Eagle-Observer - - FRONT PAGE - SU­SAN HOL­LAND shol­land@nwadg.com

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.

West­side Eagle Ob­server/SU­SAN HOL­LAND

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.

West­side Eagle Ob­server/SU­SAN HOL­LAND

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.

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