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April 24, 2014

Footloose Fest offers a full day for visitors

4th annual festival Saturday in Elmore City — The tradition that has made Elmore City a household name, begins at 8 a.m. with activities all day long.

The Elmore City Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the event for the first time. First year Chamber President Amy Shebester couldn’t be more thrilled.

“We have it packed full every 15 minutes,” said Shebester. “This year the chamber took over the whole thing, but city still helps tremendously.

“Last year we had about 3,500 people. We hope to increase by at least a thousand this time around.”

Shebester welcomes people to check out the fun.

Registration for Hauling for a Cure 5K begins at 7:30 a.m. The local version of Relay for Life starts at 8 a.m. at the Elmore City Lake.

Shebester has been a fan since participating in the first 5K run. She remembers walking the 5K together with family and friends. She quickly grew to love how much everyone contributed as community.

“It’s where we’re proud to be from… I feel like we help the community and the businesses,” said Shebester. “Me personally, it’s a way to give back to my community.”

“I feel it has outgrown just being a celebration of a lifted ban on dancing.”

Visitors can start the day with the local Cub Scout group. They are hosting a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the community center.

Official activities get going with the opening of the festival at 10 a.m. with music by Mrya and Company.

Shebester noted how there is something for all ages.

Games like the 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. sack race for kids as well as a Beard Growing Contest at 11:15 a.m. and a hot dog eating contest at 12:30 p.m. for adults.

Shebester’s favorite event is Lawnmower racing, which will be held at 3 p.m. this time around. People can register to participate Saturday for $5.

For those looking for the dancing scene, there will be contests throughout the day. The official festival dance begins at 5 p.m. with DJ Pro and DJ Buff.

Food and craft vendors will be spread out up and down the main street. Most of the activities will take place near the community center and city hall.

All proceeds go to chamber to help with events throughout the year.

“We just really enjoy it, it’s a family event,” said Shebester. “I don’t worry about my kids. It brings our community together. We can relax have a good time … not have stress of everyday life.”

Other events set for that day:

• Kids 3 Legged Race Contest at 11:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

• Hula Hoop Contest at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

• Pie Eating Contest at 11:45 a.m.

• Car Show: Registration at 9 a.m., judging at 10 a.m., followed by parade at 2:15 p.m.

• Art Show: Entries due at 10 a.m., judging at 11 a.m. and Winners announced at 1 p.m.

• Queen/Princess Contest at 1:30 p.m. Candidates have been selling tickets to see who is crowned for both. Visitors can buy a chance to win a grill or a fire pit before the contest time.

• Citizen Of The Year Ceremony at noon. The winner for that is J.R. McCaskill.

• Dance Contests: Chicken Dance at 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Wop Dance at 10:15 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. The Twist at 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Electric Slide at 11 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wobble at 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Cupid Shuffle at 11:30 and 2:20 p.m. Copperhead Road at 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m.

• Sydney’s Art in Motion at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

• Free Concert Featuring Bo Phillips Band at 9 p.m.

• There will also be event T-shirts available for sale.

For more information call Shebester at 405-207-4583 or at the chamber office, 580-788-2884.

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