It was decided to change the Lake City Cotton Fest held in the fall to the Spring Fest 2017.
A board of directors was selected to work together on the Spring Fest. Serving as president is Dana Grimes. Other officers include Daniel Haynes, vice president; Harmony Cash, secretary; Tammy Davis, treasurer; and Beth Adams, member at large. The board has been incorporated and has a 501c status. All donations are tax deductible.
"We have a lot of great activities scheduled and hopefully more vendors will sign up," Haynes said. "We tried to get a carnival but it was too late for this year, however that is something we will be looking to add to future festivals."
The day will start at 8 a.m. with a 5K for autism. All proceeds will go to the Northeast Arkansas Autism Foundation. The cost to participate in the 5K is $25 for those who pre-register and $30 the day of the run. To sign up for the run, log onto raceroster.com, or sternsracetiming, pick up a form at Lake City City Hall; call Haynes at (870) 273-4547 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for vendors will be taken until May 12. Application forms can be picked up at city hall or by contacting Haynes by phone or email. The fees for vendors include $100 for food booths; crafts/sale vendors $40 for booths with no electricity and $60 for booths with electricity.
"We have several vendors registered and we invite others to participate," Haynes said.
There will be a car show open to all vehicles and motorcyles starting at 10 a.m. Proceeds from the car show will also go to the Autism Foundation.
Another event will include a co-ed softball tournament. For more information or to register a team, contact Haynes at 273-4547 or email email@example.com.
Music will begin at 11 a.m. with gospel music provided by Lake City First Baptist; Nettleton Worship Singers; Refuge Baptist Church, and continue until 2 p.m.
Several bands will provide entertainment from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Drive South of Paragould will play from 2-4 p.m.; Silver Rock from 4-6 p.m.; and White Raven from 6-8 p.m.
"Our sponsors to date include Unico Bank, LSCI Life Strategies, Family Inc., Ritter, City of Lake City, Craighead Electric, and Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home," Haynes said.
The theme for the Spring Fest is, "Remembering the old and embracing the new."
"We want to remember Lake City's heritage and embrace the new," Haynes said. "We have a new school, city hall, new bridge, businesses, and much more to be proud of."
Haynes is a member of the Lake City Police Department. He made his home in Lake City two years ago and is quick to praise the leaders and citizens of Lake City.
"We have good leadership, a good chief of police, great school, good churches and good citizens," Haynes said. "This is about Lake City. We are doing this because we care about Lake City and we want others to see what we have to offer. I see a good future for Lake City."
Haynes said they are working on getting a dunking booth, inflatables for the kids and much more.
A cookbook is being compiled in conjunction with the Spring Fest.
Anyone wanting to submit a recipe can do so at city hall to Linda Simpson, city clerk. Staying with the theme, "Remembering the old and embracing the new," Haynes said people are invited to submit recipes from their grandmothers' collection as well as new recipes from the younger generation.
Teal blue tee shirts for the event will be available. Tee shirts feature the theme for the Spring Fest along with the sponsors. Tee shirts can be pre-ordered or purchased at the event. They are $13 with sizes 2X and up $15.
The posters and the tee shirt logos were created by the Riverside High School EAST students. Haynes praised the students for all of their help.
Preceeding the spring fest there will be a beauty pageant crowning a Miss Spring Fest 2017. Kaitlyn Speakes is in charge of the pageant.