FARBER – Members of the local Lions Club, the Community Betterment Committee and the volunteer fire department are urging area residents to help celebrate the annual Farber Summer Fun Fest the first weekend in August. Several new activities have been added for the enjoyment of the entire family, organizers say.
Scheduled Aug. 2-3 at the Sportsman Park, this year marks the 16th anniversary of the Farber Summer Fun Fest. Long-time fair attendee and now chairman of the event, Brandie Gay, says this year's two-day festivity is one "you won't want to miss."
"It's free and family oriented for fun, and we just want everyone to come and enjoy it," Gay said. She said the fun fest is one of the town's major events that draws visitors from several surrounding communities.
From car shows, baby contests, concerts, history displays, horseshoe, volleyball and basketball tournaments, to egg drop, tractor pulls and water wars – the Farber Summer Fest has it all. Following is a partial listing of the weekend activities planned. Food stands open nightly at 5:30. Two bounce houses, a dunking booth and poultry poop contest will also be features.
A Little Mr. and Miss contest starts at 6 p.m. An Ice Cream Social begins at 6:30 p.m. A Lucky Party and Beach Party (kids’ games and luau) starts at 7:30 p.m., and a 50/50 raffle will be drawn at 9 p.m. (must be present to win). The Missouri Farm Pullers tractor pull (with several classes featured) begins at 7 p.m.
Beginning at 9 a.m., the schedule is filled with a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, pet show, welcome and parade, baby show, sand volleyball co-ed tournament, horseshoe tournament, pedal tractor pull, cake and junk food walk, egg drop and a Farber All School Reunion at the library. The afternoon and evening will include a depot tour, a car, truck and motorcycle cruise-in with music, the car show awards and a midnight jam session with music by the Columbia-area band "Robot Coffee Break." A drive-in movie will also be shown at 9 p.m. the ball park, featuring the "Chipmunks Shipwrecked" movie. Those attending the summer fest should bring lawn chairs and plan to stay the whole weekend, Gay said.
Two new activities this year, Gay said, include the Catapulting of Maters and the Super Farmer contests. Two events the "whole family can enjoy," Gay said.
"Catapulting of maters is where you put tomatoes in a catapult and launch them. It's a big thing that the adults and the children seem to enjoy. Whoever makes it the farthest gets the prize," Gay explained. "And the farm pullers is a fun farm activity for both males and females that they do like a relay that's funny and memorable."
The annual fish fry, a "tried and true" feature, is returning this year. "Some say it's the best catfish in the area," Gay said. She invites the community to "come out and enjoy what we have put together. It's going to be a day to remember."
Page 2 of 2 - Admission into Sportsman Park is free. For more information about the daily activities, call Gay at 573-721-2970; Lynn Flowers at 573-721-5994 or Deanna Terry 573-721-6006.