Park approved for new festival

Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Babe Wheeler Park on Meridian, Hendrix and Colfax Streets. Restrooms, on the right, were broken into recently. The backstop in the distant background will be replaced in the near future.

The Popcorn Festival Committee received approval for use of Forest Park for their festival Oct., 3, 4 and 5, from the Brazil Park and Recreation Board Monday evening.

A contract, which both parties will mutually agree upon, will be drawn up later.

Popcorn Festival committee representatives present at the Park Board meeting at City Hall were Glen and Evelyn Brown, Nancy Withers and Ken Pickett.

Withers said early plans for the festival are to have a ball at the courthouse Oct. 3 for the kick off.

Venders will be at the park Oct. 4 and will offer food, quality homemade crafts, herbs, spices and collectibles.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the day at the bandshell or pavilion. All of this will coincide with the Kiwanis pancake breakfast and K-Day parade.

The Preservation Committee will have their annual cemetery walk on the 5th.

Other possible ventures for the Popcorn Festival may include an Orville Redenbacher lookalike contest, a golf tournament and a 5K run.

Evelyn Brown said the festival will offer all not-for-profit organizations the opportunity to help fund their endeavors.

The Park Board also signed contracts with Rotary, Christmas in the Park, the Brazil Concert Band, Senior Citizens for the pool concessions and the Civil War Re-enactment and its co-sponsor the Clay County Historical Society.

Donations were acknowledged from the following:

- Clay County Community Foundation-$1,000 for the bridge project

- Anonymous donor-$500 for sidewalk project and

- PSI Energy-$500 for the bridge project.

The bridges are all done except for sealing and lights. The merry-go-round is still under repair.

The board voted to have Hydro-Power Inc. install a new motor and pump for the pool slide for $5,345. Other action taken by the board included notifying the City Council they approve of naming the drive east of Roy Brann Stadium for Tobe Sutherlin and they voted to replace the backstop at Babe Wheeler Park.

Damage done at the parks was discussed. Craig Park had ground damage done during the last heavy snow storm from motor vehicles being driven over the terrain.

The restroom was broken into at Babe Wheeler Park.

Forest Park had a new swing stolen and damage was done to some tables in the pavilion. Also, someone broke into the basement at the pool house damaging a valve that cost $923 to repair.

Board Secretary Caroline McCullough reported the Clay Parks Association is starting on a five-year master plan that will help the parks get state and federal grants. A survey is to be taken to determine what people want and what they think is needed compared to what is currently available in the parks.

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