Thursday, May 28, 2009
Kudzu call – Kudzu Festival July 15-18
Amy S. Heaton
Whether you prefer to be a participant, a volunteer, a sponsor, or all of the above, there is a place for you at the 2009 Kudzu Festival, hosted by the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce on the square in Holly Springs July 15-18.
PBJ Happee Days Carnival will be back again this year, bringing rides, carnival games, and your favorite fair foods. The carnival will be located in front of the old fire station, where the barbecue festival and entertainment was located last year. This will allow the carnival more space for set-up and will be less intrusive to the daily operations of the businesses on the square. The chamber is happy to announce that there will be no admission charge this year! We are looking forward to the excitement the carnival will bring.
The festival will once again include a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned barbecue competition. Teams will begin arriving on Thursday to prepare for the judging and awards on Saturday. The main competition categories are pork rib, chicken, beef brisket, and pork shoulder. Entrants can compete in just one or all four of those categories. The secondary categories include sauce, baked beans, anything butt, dessert, and sweet tea. Teams must be entered in all four main categories to enter any of the secondary categories. The grand champion will receive $1,000, a trophy, and entry into the Kansas City Royal BBQ competition. The chamber encourages our Holly Springs barbecue experts to enter the competition and offers the winner of the local entry category a prize of $200, a trophy, and bragging rights for a year! Team representatives can come by the chamber office to pick up an application, download an application from the website, www.hschamber.org, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting an application, or call (662) 252-2943.
The Holly Springs Chamber has planned a number of events and entertainment to include fun for the whole family at the 2009 Kudzu Festival. On Thursday, July 16, children ages 6-18 can meet in the city park from noon until 4 p.m. enjoy a fun-filled day in the sun at the Chamber Field Day. Activities will include tug of war, super soaker tag, hula hoop competition, three-legged racing, water balloon volleyball, sponge relay, splash darts, and more. The cost is one dollar per game, and prizes will be given. Volunteers are needed to assist with the field day activities, so if you can lend a hand with Holly Springs youth, please call Amy at (662) 252-2943 to add your name to the Kudzu Festival volunteer list. The chamber will host a sponsor appreciation dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday. If you would like to cater this dinner, please call T.J. Vanzant at (901) 831-5203 to place a bid for pricing.
Holly Springs pet owners will gather at the main stage to show their Pet Pride in the pet show sponsored by the Marshall County Humane Society. Time and date will be listed on the upcoming schedule of events. For more information about this event and how you can be involved, please contact the Marshall County Humane Society at 564-2900.
Thursday and Friday evenings, music lovers can enjoy live music from local entertainers in the entertainment garden. The entertainment lineup will be forthcoming. Any local musicians who would like to be added to the performances in the entertainment garden may contact Lynn Pullen at (901) 490-8553.
Friday, July 17, will be a “cheerful” day for the Kudzu Festival, as cheerleading squads from the surrounding areas gather on the main stage on the courthouse lawn for the Chamber Cheer-Off. Each cheerleading squad will represent the business who sponsors them as they compete for the top spot in stunt, dance, and cheer categories. Trophies will be given for three places in each category, and the team with the best overall score will receive a sizeable cash prize. Team sponsors will receive print exposure, in addition to the promotion on stage as the pride of our schools and communities cheer for the business who supports them. For sponsor information, please contact T.J. Vanzant at (901) 831-5203. Awards will be given at 3 p.m.
Following the cheerleading competition, several members of the Marshall Academy Patriot Performers will provide musical entertainment, and there will be a Tae Kwon Do exhibition coordinated by Emmitt Patel, a Tae Kwon Do instructor in Holly Springs.
Saturday, July 18, will be a colorful day on the courthouse lawn. Arts and crafts vendors from Mississippi and surrounding states will once again display their unique, handmade wares beginning at 9 a.m. The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce certainly wants to showcase all that Holly Springs has to offer, and we encourage Holly Springs artisans to take advantage of this opportunity to show off your wares. Vendors may obtain applications at the chamber office, on our website, by email request, or may call the chamber to request an application.
Beginning at 10 a.m., the main stage will become a runway for models dressed in the hottest fashions, when clothing retailers from Holly Springs and surrounding areas come together for the Kudzu Style Fashion Show. You will not want to miss this stunning presentation of what to wear this summer!
The Chamber Challenge at 3 p.m. will be a fun event you will not want to miss. Pedaled vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be decorated to promote a business sponsor. Riders will be adult jockeys (21 years or older) and will pedal through an obstacle course toward the finish line. If you would like to enter a pedaled vehicle or be a jockey, please call Amy at 252-2943. This is sure to be a memorable event!
As you can see, July 15-18, the square in Holly Springs will be filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of the Kudzu tradition, with some new events to bring our community together for fun and excitement this summer.
The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce is proud to bring you the 2009 Kudzu Festival, offering a variety of ways for businesses, citizens, and visitors to our city to be a part of this annual celebration of all that Holly Springs has to offer.
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