Thursday, October 27, 2005

Fun fall weekend ahead in Holly Springs
• Enchanted Forest, Harvest Fest, Clydesdale event for hurricane relief slated for Saturday


Finding something to do this Saturday in Holly Springs should not be a problem.

Lots of events for the entire family are on tap for the final weekend in October leading up to Halloween on Monday, Oct. 31. Some of the activities include the Enchanted Forest Autumn Celebration, the Harvest Festival and the Clydesdale Festival.

Enchanted Forest

Strawberry Plains Audubon Center is celebrating the autumn season with its annual Enchanted Forest Autumn Celebration, Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. This year for the first time the center will host a special family day coinciding with the event.

Families are invited to take part in this entertaining and educational celebration, where children walk through the trails at Strawberry Plains and are greeted by 20 “costumed creatures,” including a rabbit, butterfly, coyote, hummingbird, squirrel, green tree snake, woodpecker and bat.

As children walk through the enchanted forest, they will have the opportunity to talk to the animals and ask them questions. Each animal will share information with the visitors, such as where they live, what they eat and what roles they play in our ecosystem.

The event aims to educate kids about different animals of the Mid-South region, teaching them the importance of conservation habitat so animals will have a place to live in the future.

Admission is $5 per person. Children 2 and under are admitted free. Reservations are required for a group of 15 or more.

Strawberry Plains Audubon Center is located at 285 Plains Road, just off Highway 311. For more information, call 662-252-1155.

Harvest Festival Downtown

Plans are well underway for the third annual Harvest Fest on the Square in Holly Springs on Saturday, Oct. 29.

It will be held on the Courthouse Square from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Despite the rain last year we were still able to have our business prize drawings and a few brave vendors set up on the Square,” said Susan Jordan, director of the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce. “Plans this year are for a beautiful fall day - crisp and sunny.”

Kevin Thomas is making arrangements for a daylong list of entertainment, both groups and soloists, instrumental and vocals. A special dance troup will perform.

Lisa Cole is working on the arts and crafts show to be held on the Courthouse lawn. Several vendors have already registered. Items for sale will include folk art, original books of poetry, woodworking, handmade purses, handmade jewelry, quilts, Christmas tree skirts, hand sewn baby items, totebags and Christmas stockings, popcorn, embroidered items, hand-painted ornaments, pottery and much more.

On the south side of the square the Lions Club will be doing free vision screenings and the Pilot Club will be doing free blood pressure checks. The Humane Society will have pets for adoption as well as crafts for sale. Several organizations will pass out free literature.

For the children, there will be pony rides and face painting.

Food concessions will be available on the Square, including funnel cakes, shave ice, corn dogs, hamburgers and more.

All businesses surrounding and near the Square are encouraged to participate, even if not scheduled to be open on October 29, by:

  • Decorating windows with a fall or Halloween theme. Winners will be selected for special recognition in several categories.
  • Having a sidewalk sale outside your business.
  • Giving away a prize that will require prospective customers, as well as your regular patrons, to come in and register. The Chamber will provide registration tickets for you if needed. Each business with a give-away will hold its own drawing at the end of the day and notify the winner. Orange signs in front of your business will identify you as participating in the Harvest Fest celebration and will invite shoppers to come and register and shop.
  • Businesses that will not be open on the Saturday of the Harvest Fest (banks, real estate, insurance, medical, law offices, etc.) are encouraged to show their support of the Harvest Fest by contributing toward the purchase of a grand prize to be given away in a special 5 p.m. drawing that will mark the end of Harvest Fest 2005.

Grand prize will be free gasoline cards in the amount of $250 and $100 (and possibly more depending on donations). Registration for the grand prizes will be available with the vendors on the Square. Look for the pumpkins and the special registration tickets.

Those attending Harvest Fest do not have to make a purchase to enter any of the drawings.

The purpose of the Harvest Fest is to increase weekend business on the Holly Springs town square by bringing new customers into businesses, and by providing wholesome, fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.

All Courthouse Square area businesses are urged to participate in the Harvest Fest Celebration, sponsored by Fidelity National Loans. For more information about the Harvest Fest, contact Lisa Cole at 252-8855 or the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce at 252-2943.

Clydesdale Festival

The Clydesdale Festival, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Clydesdale Hurricane Relief Fund, is set for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Collins-Hurdle VFW Post 5697 in Holly Springs.

The opening ceremony is at 1 p.m. when bagpipes will sound off to start the event. Rep. Tommy Woods will sing the National Anthem, with the invocation by tax collector Betty Byrd. Welcomes will be given by Mayor Andre’ DeBerry and Eddie Dixon, president of the Marshall County Board of Supervisors.

Organizer Ronnie Luther said those attending can expect “some of the best entertainment ever in Marshall County.”

Music begins at 1:30 p.m. with Papa Don McMinn and Night Train from Memphis, Tenn.

Local groups will perform from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., and several headliners from Nashville, Tenn., take the stage starting at 5 p.m.

Those scheduled to perform include Kenny Brown, Rick Hargett, Renegade, John Jones and Tatum Shattley, Undertow, Sound Check, Comedy TN, Chris Simpson, Double Or Nothing, Pam Childs and Dan Kerwin.

There is $10 admission. People should bring their lawn chairs. Eight acres behind the VFW Post will be used for a stage and guests.

“This much entertainment for $10 is a good deal for everyone,” Luther said. “Come out and enjoy the day.”

There will also be an antique car show and motorcycle show. A car show entry is $40 and a motorcycle show entry is $20. Each entry includes admission to the festival for two people.

The VFW will provide concessions, and proceeds will benefit the relief fund. Food will include barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers, cakes and drinks.

Parking on the VFW grounds is $2 per car with the proceeds going to the Holly Springs High School Jr. ROTC.

The Clydesdale Christmas Store Committee this year decided to donate all its annual proceeds toward helping families in the Waveland area who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina instead of providing toys locally.

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