Pauls Valley Democrat
Outside of providing children with wholesome learning experiences through reading, one of the greatest honors of running the Elliot Lasater-Library in Maysville is participating in the Wiley Post Festival.
Librarian Janet Dinwiddie believes there are plenty of excuses to drop on by once again on Saturday, Sept. 7, and is thrilled to take on the responsibility after leading the way for the first time last year.
Officially starting per tradition at 9 a.m. with a speech by state Rep. Lisa J. Billy, there are some of the familiar favorites and even a few new flairs with what will be a day full of family fun on Main and Williams streets.
“I think it went pretty good last year,” said Dinwiddie. “Everybody I talked to had a good time so I’m hoping it will be just as good this year.”
However, proceeds from this year will have a chance to go a lot farther than usual as the building where visitors normally check out books is still in need of repairs after spring rains left significant damage. This will come from purchases like official festival T-shirts as well as booth spaces for vendors, with some still available even though about 30 slots have been assigned so far.
Returning favorites include games for the kids like the water balloon toss or the wet sponge relay and the baking and car show, said Dinwiddie.
For the baking portion, the winner will be determined again by highest price offered at an auction and with simpler awards this time around, the car show will end with a best in show, best custom and best restoration.
Both the car and the baking show can be entered the morning of, where participants will be asked to arrive at town hall at least a half an hour before the auction starts at 10 a.m. The car show judging will take place no later than 1 p.m.
The new flair actually comes from efforts by the Maysville Police Department to be more involved in the event with the addition of a pancake breakfast before the festival from 7 to 10 a.m. and a bicycle rodeo for the younger crowd, said Dinwiddie.
The rodeo involves a safety lesson to start it off, continues with an obstacle course where kids will test their skills when they bring their own bicycles and will be complimented by a chance to go home with tricycles, bicycles and other prizes.
“It’s just kind of some way the police department can get out there and something thing they can do with the community,” said Dinwiddie. “They’ve just been amazing, willing to help out.”
In the end, Dinwiddie hopes to meet even more people for the first time and build on the friendships that made the festival so special for her when she was growing up in the area. Entertainment will also be provided along with food and music.
“I got to meet a lot of people I never met before,” said Dinwiddie. “I liked all the different people who came.”
For more information call Maysville City Hall at 405-867-5850.