It is an event that brings more than 20,000 people out to the Sun Valley Community Park for a weekend in October. The 27th Annual Southwest Festival is set for the weekend of October 13th. It is not only a fun event for young and old alike but it also helps Southwest Community Ministries.
“Every year this Festival brings to the community a sense of pride and fun. The organizers of this event have once again planned something for everyone and it I something to look forward to,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14).
The Festival will get underway at Sun Valley Park, 6505 Bethany Lane.
The Valley Women’s Club will host their Bean Soup and Cornbread Dinner on Friday, October 12th. It is a fundraiser for the various programs the Women’s Club offers in the area and will be held at the Sun Valley Community Center.
On Saturday, October 13th the Festival runs from 9:00am until 5:00pm. The day will feature the Southwest Car Fest Coordinated by River City Street Rods. The car and motorcycle show, Kid City, Teen City, arts & crafts, food booths, Toddler Town and a senior tent are just some of the highlights of the weekend.
“It is just a fun day,” says Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12). “The great thing about this Festival is people come out to enjoy the fall weekend and enjoy themselves.”
The event is an opportunity to help an organization in the business of helping those in need. At 8:00am, on Saturday morning, Southwest Community Ministries will host their Annual Pancake Breakfast.
“The Ministries continue to serve many in our community who need a helping hand. The pancake breakfast is a great way to help this group with funding especially with the holiday season not too far away,” says Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13).
“This Festival defines the spirit of a community and brings a wide range of people together for fun and celebration of that community spirit,” says Councilman David Yates (D-25).
There will also be a free shuttle service on the grounds to assist those who may need help getting to the car show and other festival events. The golf carts used as shuttles are provided by the South Jefferson Christian Church.
For more information about the Southwest Festival, call 368-1196 or visit the Festival website at www.southwestfestival.org.