Love, kids focus of festival

Fundraising is still ongoing for the Love PV drive as this sign shows. The Love PV Festival is set for Saturday, June 29 in Wacker Park.

A little “love” is what Pauls Valley needs these days after a devastating storm with strong winds hit the town this week.

A community festival with love and kids at the center could be just what’s needed next weekend.

Games and fun stuff all over the place again highlight the second ever Love PV Festival at the local Wacker Park.

The love part is all proceeds raised go to get school supplies for every Pauls Valley and Whitebead student before the next school year arrives in August.

Fundraising has been ongoing for months as the effort leads up the festival scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29.

“We’ll have carnival style games, entertainment, bouncy houses, more vendors,” said Callie Henry.

“Fun is the best word to describe it. It’s just a good local event in Pauls Valley.”

Last year’s first festival of this kind proved successful as volunteers raised the money and organized the supplies for students at each PV school and at Whitebead a few miles west of town.

That previous festival came on a hot summer day in late July as the hope is this next one isn’t so sweltering since it comes in late June.

“We had a good turnout last year,” Henry said. “We were pleased to see that, and I’m optimistic people will come out this year.”

Henry adds there’s been a lot of interest in purchasing a Love PV T-shirt, which can happen at the festival.

“It’s also still not too late to be a sponsor. You can still get a booth and represent your company at the festival.

“You can come and help at the festival. That’s something that we really need.”

To find out more go to the Love PV Facebook page online.

Helping with this year’s effort was the Love PV 5K Walk, which came on June 1.

The walk, added as a way to help with the Love PV drive, included fun activities as participants took a leisurely stroll in town that stopped at three local school sites.

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