Leachville Harvest Festival draws crowd
The 2018 Leachville Harvest Festival held drew a large crowd with entertainment, games, food and lots of give-a-ways.
Lisa Baldridge, chairman for the event, recognized Mayor Rodney Robertson and committee members who all worked to make the event successful.
“One person could not do this,” she said. “I want to thank each and everyone who took part.”
A bicycle challenge was put out among classes, city officials and others and over 50 bicycles were given away throughout the day. In addition to the bicycles for the youth, drawings for gift certificates and a variety of items were given away to the adults. A recliner was also given away.
Over 50 craft and food vendors were on hand for the event which kicked off on Friday night, Aug. 31, with a street dance and Petal Shelf Band performing.
Saturday's events started with a parade with Mr. and Mrs. Tom Puckett recognized as grand marshals. Mr. Puckett was in the hospital so their son and wife, Curtis and Angie Puckett, rode in the parade.
Parade winners included Save the Leachville Gym float with a scaled replica of the Leachville Gymnasium, first place; Swamp Buggy, second place; and Bear State Bank float, third place.
Following the parade Marti Robertson sang the National Anthem.
Children enjoyed pony rides, inflatables, train rides and other events.
A pet pageant included a variety of dogs, pet pig, and pet opossum. In the pet competition the beauty winner went to Cocomo; Shiloh the German Shepard won the talent category; Sophie won the best costume and the owner/pet look alike. Nordica Butner served as emcee assisted by Mari Hayden.
Leachville cheerleading camp youth performed followed by local talent.
Other fun events included cake walks, water balloon toss and a horseshoe tournament.
Other performers included Southern Gospel Brothers and Michael Gardner Band.
Taking the stage at 7 p.m. were members of the Ultimate Oldies Show from Paragould.
A street dance ended the festival.