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Center Point Fall Festival dedicated to Stearley

Friday, August 27, 2010

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Members of the Jackson Township Community Band ready to perform at the 2009 Center Point Fall Festival. The band will be at the festival again this year, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 11. Times Staff File Photo. [Order this photo]
CENTER POINT -- The fourth Center Point Fall Festival has been schedule for Saturday, Sept. 11.

Festival committee treasurer and owner of Center Point Hardware Karen Stearley told The Brazil Times this year's festival will be dedicated in honor of Brad Stearley, who died earlier this year.

"He did an awful lot of work on the festival," Karen said. "We always gave (the hardware store) phone number for any questions. Since he was here most days, he fielded a lot of questions."

The first fall festival coincided with the town's sesquicentennial, which took place in 2006. Since then, town residents have continued the tradition.

"We thought, 'this was fun. Why don't we do this every year?'" Karen said. "The only thing we seem to have trouble with is getting enough volunteers to man the serving lines. But each year, it gets a little easier because you know what you need to get done. It's just a matter of saying you need to do this and you need to do this."

According to Karen, the purpose of the festival is "to have a party with our friends and families and to welcome folks to our small, friendly and historic community of Center Point for an evening of food, entertainment, fellowship and hospitality."

Two meals will be served during this year's event.

A pulled pork dinner -- with sides -- will be provided by Pappy's Bar-B-Que. In addition, ham and beans will also be served and cooked over an open fire.

Additional side dishes and homemade desserts will also be available along with homemade ice cream.

Serving begins at 4:30 p.m. Karen said cost for the meal is a freewill offering. Separate donations will be accepted for desserts and the ham and beans.

The Jackson Township Community Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, will perform as will the Recycled Rockettes. Additional entertainment will follow.

This year, there will be an play area specifically for children, Karen said.

"(Volunteers with the Center Point Volunteer Fire Department) put it together at the last minute last year," Karen added. "This year, it is on the schedule."

Crafts and vendors will also be on-hand as well the Clay County Genealogy Society.

Bubbles The Clown will be back in Center Point this year to make balloon animals for children.

She added an open invitation has been extended to people for a Cruise-In involving cars, trucks, tractors and motorcycles.

"If you have something you like to show off, feel free to come in," she said. "It's nothing real formal."

All proceeds from the festival will be used to support the fire department in addition to making improvements within the town.



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