Thursday, June 25, 2009
Kudzu is all about you - don’t miss it
Amy S. Heaton
As the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce began planning for the 2009 Kudzu festival, our top priority was to coordinate a more family-oriented event that emphasized the treasures and traditions of our community. As a result, we have designed a schedule of events that encourages participation in a variety of ways from Holly Springs’ greatest asset – you!
Certainly our greatest source of pride and our hope for the future is our young people. Holly Springs’ youth need to know that they are a special part of our community and there is a place reserved for them.
Therefore, Thursday, July 16, from noon to 4 p.m. has been designated as the Chamber Kids Field Day in Spring Hollow Park. There will be all sorts of activities for them. If their aim is right, some may find satisfaction in soaking their favorite principals and staff from each of our county and city schools who have graciously agreed to spend a good-hearted hour in the hot seat of our dunking booth.
Others will prefer to cool off from the July heat by speeding down the inflatable waterslide brought by Jumping Bean Inflatables of Potts Camp. Curious kids can explore the inside of a police car and a fire truck and be given valuable safety information from the Holly Springs Police Department and Holly Springs Fire Department.
Team players can work together toward a common goal in our water-based field day games, and each player will be given a confidence-building reward for participation. Tickets will be sold for $1, and each game will cost only one ticket. The chamber is particularly happy to coordinate this chance for all students in our community to gather in one place for fun and games, to make new friends, and to reconnect with the ones they miss during the summer months when school is out.
Another event that is sure to instill a sense of community is this year’s backyard barbecue on Saturday. For the last two years, the Kudzu barbecue competition has been sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. While that sanctioning did bring twenty or so grilling teams to our city to vie for a trophy, not many of our local grill masters participated, nor did any of our hometown cooks have an opportunity to show off their baking talents that are the highlight of family gatherings and church socials and serve as comfort when we are sick or have lost loved ones.
After considering the pros and cons of each type of contest, the decision was made to host a “backyard barbecue” style cookoff among friends, with bragging rights for a year serving as the most valuable prize.
The barbecue categories are pork, chicken, ribs, and anything but, and the entry fee is $25.
Additionally, judges will be waiting with anxious tastebuds to choose the best baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, cake, pie, and sweet tea in Holly Springs. The entry fee for the baking section is a minimal $5, and a written recipe must be provided.
To enter, simply contact the chamber for an application or cut the application out of The South Reporter, fill it out, and send it to 148 E. College Ave., Holly Springs, MS 38635.
On Saturday, July 18, Holly Springs’ best cooks are encouraged to bring their grills and prepared baked dishes to the heart of our town – the downtown square – for a citywide cookout. Talk to your neighbors, let your children ride the rides provided by PBJ Happee Days Carnival, meander through the aisles of homemade arts and crafts, laugh a little, watch the pet show and fashion show, and rediscover your hometown pride.
These are just two events in a jam-packed Kudzu Festival schedule. Check back in this same place next week for details about how you can be a part of our Chamber Challenge Obstacle Course and the Talent Extravaganza.
This year’s Kudzu Festival is all about you, Holly Springs. Wouldn’t it be a shame if you missed it?
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