Festival on the Ridge to take place June 4
The Festival on the Ridge is a Harrisburg annual event and one of the largest attractions to the city. It will take place Saturday, June 4, and will include vendors from around the area, gathering at the courthouse.
Mark Weston, who is helping with festival efforts, said, "We've just had four new vendors sign up and this year we have a lot of good vendors. They are mostly food this year, but we do have some merchandise vendors as well."
Overall there will 58 vendors attending the festival this year, with 20 food vendors, 12 merchandise vendors and 13 vendors geared toward kids.
"One vendor coming is Build-A-Pal," which will be housing a 35-foot mobile home," Weston said. "Kids will have the opportunity to build themselves a stuffed animal."
There will also be information booths, like the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce and Lake Poinsett State Park.
"All four sides of the courthouse will be covered in booths," said Weston.
The festival also will include a helicopter, pony rides for children and a horse and buggy.
At 8 a.m., a 5K walk/run will be held. There will be race day registration near the courthouse downtown. Registration will start at 6:45 a.m. and continue to 7:45 a.m. or participants can sign up online.
There will be a horseshoe tournament at 11:30 a.m. and those who wish to participate can sign up online or at the festival. A crawfish eating contest will take place at 5:30 p.m. with a $15 entry fee. There will be a $50 award given to the crawfish king.
The soapbox derby will have time trials beginning at noon, and the derby will be at 2 p.m.
Music includes "Down Home String Band," "Immortal Soul and the Remnants," "Jackie DeLoach Band" and "Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers."
Also attending the Festival on the Ridge will be BMX Bicycle Stunt Show, from Oklahoma, the Trumann Fire Department's smokehouse and Cow Patty Bingo, a fundraiser run by Harrisburg FCCLA students to raise money to go to nationals.
"We're looking forward to a great lineup," said Weston. "We're expecting clear skies and warm weather."
The festival begins with a senior citizen country breakfast starting at 7 a.m. and will end at 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks finale.
The Festival on the Ridge is sponsored by Past Times Bar and Grill in Harrisburg, Jordan's Kwik Stop, Greenway Equipment and Delta Environmental.
For a full schedule of the day's events or to sign up for the events, go online to www.harrisburgchamber.com/festival-on-the-ridge.htm.