Thursday, July 2, 2009
Whatever you do, Kudzu Festival is for you
Amy S. Heaton
The 21st Annual Kudzu Festival is a short two weeks away, and our excitement is building as we complete the preparations to bring Holly Springs together for neighborhood fun in the sun. The Chamber of Commerce has designed a schedule of events to include every business, resident, and visitor to our city, because each is important to us and our community as a whole. Last week’s article highlighted the Chamber Kids’ Field Day (Thursday, July 16, noon to 4 p.m. in Spring Hollow Park) and the opportunity for bakers and grillers to compete in the backyard barbecue contest on Saturday. Two other events that Kudzu goers will enjoy are the Talent Extravaganza on Friday and the Chamber Challenge Obstacle.
Do you have a hidden talent that people encourage you to share with the world? Maybe you sing, dance, or play a musical instrument. Maybe you juggle, perform magic tricks, have unnatural and amazing flexibility, or have worked up a hilarious comedy routine. Maybe you do impressions, ventriloquism, or mimé. If so, bring your skill to center stage on the courthouse lawn on Friday, July 17, and sign up for the Talent Extravaganza.
Registration begins at 5 p.m., and participants will be given a time slot at sign-in. (If your act requires accompaniment, please submit it at registration). Even if you prefer not to be in the spotlight, you can certainly be a part of the audience when the show begins at 6 p.m. The Extravaganza is free to enter and free to enjoy.
Local businesses can take advantage of a different approach to promotion by competing in the Chamber Challenge Obstacle Course. It’s a race, but the object is to have fun bringing attention to your business with a non-motorized, wheeled vehicle of your choice decorated to promote the sponsor. Creativity is key, both in the choice of vehicle and the decorations.
I personally hope to see something like an office chair or a shopping buggy or a bicycle built for two among the entries. The laughs begin when the adult jockeys (must be 21 or older) ride or are pushed through an obstacle course on and around the square. The entry fee is $25. All entrants will be pictured in The South Reporter, “Monday Moments,” and The Chamber Report, and the winner receives a coveted trophy.
Anyone wishing to participate can call the Chamber at 252-2943 to register, then meet us on the square at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16. This will, no doubt, be the most talked-about challenge of the season!
Whatever you do, the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce has coordinated the 2009 Kudzu Festival to give you the opportunity to shine, to stand out, and to join in. Whatever you do, make sure you “do” it July 16-18 at the Kudzu Festival on the square in Holly Springs.
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