Houston Flywheel Festival set for Sept. 28-29


Anice Foster, left, sells jewelry from her booth, at last spring's Flywheel Festival. (Photo Floyd Ingram)

Anice Foster, left, sells jewelry from her booth, at last spring’s Flywheel Festival.
(Photo Floyd Ingram)

HOUSTON – After more than three decades, organizers of the Flywheel Festival have found what people like but are constantly adding something new to every gathering.

The 32nd Annual Fall Flywheel Festival will be held Sept. 27-28 at Joe Brigance Park in Houston and offers two full days of food, fun, entertainment and flywheels.

“We are planning for another great weekend and want people to start putting this on their calendar,” said Harry Collins, spokesman for the Mississippi Valley Flywheel Association. “We work real hard to bring out families and try to offer a little something for everybody.”

Event organizers will move activities north this fall as an effort being made to highlight the old Keck-Gonnerman steam traction engine and construction and buildings at the Chickasaw County Historical Society Museum complex.

“The fall festival is a little more laid-back and a lot more like a family reunion,” said Collins. “We will still have a lot going on and people need to plan now on being there.”

And Collins said the new events will accent the traditional favorites that bring people back year after year.

The weekend starts Friday with tractors, food vendors and arts and crafts booth open for business and viewing. The first Anvil Shoot – where festival organizers blow a 75-pound anvil into the air with gunpowder – is at 11 a.m.

Live entertainment starts at 5 p.m., and the Houston Basketball Booster Club fundraiser steak supper starts serving about 3 p.m. and wraps up at 6 p.m. Vendors and entertainment will continue until the sun goes down.

Saturday dawns with the opening ceremony at 8 a.m., and the Pink Ribbon 5K run gets started immediately after. The Parade of Power through downtown Houston is at 9 a.m.

The tractor pull starts at 12:30 p.m.

And in addition to all this there will be a working grist mill, hominy cooking, cracklin’ cooking, lard rendering, lye soap making and other pioneer demonstrations by the Ole Timers.

There will also be a skillet toss for the ladies and a piston toss for the guys. Prizes will be offered for the longest throw in each event.

Jimmy Sanderson is president of the MS Valley Flywheel Association and Gold Sponsors are Chickasaw Development Foundation, Chickasaw Equipment Company, City of Houston and Grocer’s Pride.

For more information about the 32nd Annual Mississippi Valley Flywheel Fall Festival contact the Chickasaw Development Foundation at 456-2321.

To reserve booth space for your business, church or civic club at the fall show please contact David Brand at 662-769-0867.


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