Organizers are saying this Saturday’s Phillipsburg Fall Festival may be bigger and better than ever.
A new entertainment lineup and a record number of vendors are a couple of the things organizer Heather Carter expects to draw a crowd, she said Tuesday.
“This year we’re going to have more vendors than we’ve ever had, I think. We’re at about 25 vendors already. That’s going to be a good draw,” Carter said.
From the opening of festivities at 11 a.m. to sundown, music will be played by such groups as Men of Music, Phillipsburg Jam Group, Wayne Cooper, The Dixie Hicks, Inheritance Quartet and The Conway High School Band.
Booths will hold a varied selection of arts and crafts, antiques, exhibits, local produce, holiday-themed decor, books and activities.
Old favorites of the festival are scheduled to return as well. The Conway Flywheel Club will hold a threshing and baling demonstration at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. And, of course, the kids will be wallowing in the corn pit as they do every year. “It’s one of the favorite things for the kids,” she said.
“Our biggest draw is probably just the community getting together,” Carter said.
Items donated by about 50 businesses will be raffled off throughout the day. Prizes include the grand prize of a $500 prepaid debit card; second place, a $250 prepaid debit card; third place, a $100 prepaid debit card; and fourth and fifth places, a $50 prepaid debit card.
For the grand prize raffle, tickets are $2 each or three for $5, and the drawing will be at 6 p.m.. The winner need not be present to win.
Another major item is a handmade quilt with an estimated value of $300, which will be auctioned off separately. Tickets cost $1 each or six for $5, and the winner need not be present to win.
Other raffles throughout the day will give away other donated items. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5, and the winner must be present for those drawings.
“All our proceeds go to help better our community,” said Carter. “We use them for park improvements, we help the local food pantry, we help Conway schools with the backpack program — whatever we see that is a need in our community.”
The event is sponsored by the Phillipsburg Community Development Council. Those who attend are urged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for their comfort.