Family Fun Festival Set for Saturday


by Margaret Campbell

Staff Writer

As summer winds down, three community groups have come together to close out the season with a weekend of fun this Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 


And when we say there is something for everyone — we mean just that — something for every member of the family. Whether you enjoy art, classic cars and/or vehicles of all kinds, great food, cold, sweet treats or live music — the Pulaski Family Fun Festival has got you covered.


Now in its third year, the Touch a Truck event, brainchild of Katie Whitfield, is back to delight children of all ages — and the young at heart — who have a healthy curiosity about how things work. 


There will be an assortment of vehicles on display for young and old who like to explore. Emergency vehicles, PES utility trucks, construction equipment, delivery trucks, transportation vehicles — all will be on the Pulaski Square to be seen, heard and touched.


Pulaski Electric System’s boom truck is just one of many utility, emergency and commercial vehicles that will gather at the Third Annual Touch a Truck this Saturday around Pulaski’s Courthouse Square. Games and interactive activities will be scattered throughout, the Giles Arts Council’s Art of Ice Cream Festival will have an array of ice cream flavors available, the GCHS Band Backer’s Second Annual Car Show will fill Martin Methodist College’s Campus Green and live performances, vendors and food trucks will round out the day. NATHAN GOMILLION / PULASKI CITIZEN


For those sensitive to lights and sound, there will be a special sensory friendly hour from 9-10 a.m. when horns, sirens and flashing lights will not be used. 


For those who want all the “bells and whistles,” viewing begins at 10 a.m.  


“There will be bounce houses this year along with the trackless train from the Ardmore Lions Club and a great tire swing on the back of Libby’s wrecker,” Whitfield explained. 


If you’re into food and art, the Giles County Arts Council will be providing both. 


“We’re extremely excited about our Fifth Annual The Art of Ice Cream Festival,” GAC member Carolyn Harrison said. “It has become one of Giles County’s most favored festivals, supplying some of the best flavors of ice cream ever.”


The Art of Ice Cream Festival is focusing on children’s art this year with budding young artists’ interpretations of the treat, including drawings and paintings, entered in the competition. The art will be on display at the council’s newly opened art gallery next to STAAR Theatre. 


“Everyone is encouraged to view the work of our talented children throughout the festival,” Harrison said. “The children really enjoyed the painting activities on the Square last year — painting on canvases themselves, and face painting. Both will be back this year.”


We can’t forget the ice cream! Once again, local businesses and various groups will be competing for top prizes in a variety of categories. Those in attendance can sample their way through the entries beginning at noon and then cast ballots for their favorites. 


Tasting tickets can be purchased for adults for $5 and just $3 for children for all of the creamy samples you can eat. 


“Competitors in the Ice Cream Festival are preparing new flavors for the Ice Cream Competition this year,” Harrison added. “Be sure to arrive early, taste the entries and vote for you favorites.”  


The Giles County High School Band Backers’ Second Annual Car Show will be held just one block west of the Square on the Martin Methodist College Campus Green from 9 a.m.-2:30 pm. 


“It’s open to all kinds of cars, trucks, bikes, rat rods and even mini bikes,” Band Backer President Misty Ford said. “We have a $20 entry fee per vehicle that includes a meal ticket and dash plaque and a chance to win $200.”


Proceeds go to cover the band’s $90,000 a year budget for expenses that includes transportation — trucks, trailers and buses — for students and equipment. 


The show is free to spectators who can come and walk around to see the cars. Keep in mind, unlike Touch a Truck, there’s no touching here — Hands Off! 


If you’re looking for live music and some tasty eats, there will be performances on the Square by Chloe Dail and Company, Tyler Crawford and Friends and the Liberty Hillbillies. Vendors and food trucks will be on West Madison Street, connecting the events on the Square with the car show on the MMC Campus Green. 


Come out and enjoy the day!


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