Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

April 22, 2013

BrickFest just around the corner

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat

emann@pvdemocrat.com — Picking which temperature extreme to prepare for these days makes for one unpredictable moment after another, but one thing certain to be around the corner is the return of Pauls Valley’s own BrickFest.

Definitely a time of good feelings and fun for those like Main Street Pauls Valley Director Samantha Robb.

She is excited to once again welcome people back to the event as it returns for the first weekend in May to the downtown area. There’s a lot of preparing left to do from filling all the spots for vendors or activities, but still be plenty to keep visitors entertained from music to activities and good food.

“It’s great family friendly fun,” said Robb. “There’s something there for all ages.”

As usual, the fun starts in the evening on Friday, May 3 with jam sessions featuring three bands in the Santa Fe Depot area where one can also find booths set up selling a variety of meal options or crafts, said Robb.

The whole family can join in more early the next day on Saturday, May 4 with the race to win the Valley Rally Bike Tour kicking things off.

After that music continues throughout the day, complimented by other exciting events around town like an annual vintage aircraft fly-in event at the airport, a “May the 4th Be With You” Star Wars related and comic book event at the Toy and Action Figure Museum, the PV Rotary Club’s Thunder in the Valley bullriding event at 7 p.m. and eventually will include favorites like the brick toss, said Robb.

For those who may want to avoid the arena for indoor fare, the Pauls Valley Opry will also be hosting a free concert at the same time over at the PV High School auditorium.

The time can also be passed checking out a the return of a freestyle stunt team, free carriage rides, Frisbee fun, kids’ games and chatting with the reigning Miss Rodeo USA.

The local animal shelter is even planning to host a pet adoption day for those looking for a new furry companion.

Not returning this year will be the Field’s pie eating contest due to schedule conflicts for the organizers of that, but Robb said she is looking for other opportunities to try and include it at an event in the future.

The Hot Wheels Double Dog Dare Derby through the toy museum will also not be held on the same day this time around as it is moving to its own separate festival day on Saturday, May 25.

However, there’s still a little ways to go to ensure everything scheduled is paid for through sponsorships either for individuals or businesses, noted Robb.

Options include small sponsorships like $100 or $250, which will come with free booth space. She has raised quite a bit through tourism dollars and donations so far, but still needs about $5,000 to pay for the rest.

As for any remaining vendor spaces Robb is encouraging local groups like churches or charities to fill those with their own fundraising opportunities be it fun like a dunking booth or selling something homemade. All people need to do is contact her by e-mail to find how they can get involved.

“I’d like groups to use this event to raise money for their causes…We are encouraging nonprofit groups to come back to do booth space,” said Robb. “Plans are still being put together so we are open to ideas.”

For more information from sponsorship opportunities to hosting a booth, e-mail Robb at mspv@sbcglobal.net Registration forms for upcoming events can be printed by visiting www.mainstreetpaulsvalley.com