By Mandi Kindhart-White
The Farber Fun Fest was enjoyed by a big crowd this past weekend, on August 6-7 at Sportsman Park. The event hosted several activities for guests of all ages to be entertained. Alderman Lynn Flowers stated, “It was a fun fest event. It wasn’t like years in the past, but with it being canceled last year and so much going on, we had a great attendance. It was all good.”
Friday night the family fun weekend kicked off at 5 p.m. with opening the Food Stand and hosting a Little Mister and Miss contest at 6 p.m. Children ages 3-5 years old participated in the contest, with each child singing a song which ranged in a few different selections, along with a few contestants having a bit of stage fright. William Bybee, son of Brian and Sara Bybee of Vandalia, was selected as Little Mr. Farber Fun Fest and Jaxdyn Hull, daughter Derek Hull and Joanna Borgmeyer of Farber, was selected as Little Miss Farber Fun Fest.
Later in the evening, those attending enjoyed the Ice Cream Social savoring the sweet treat, followed by Missouri Farm Pullers and a game of Lucky at 7 p.m. Several tractors took part in the pull, while viewers sat in their lawn chairs to enjoy the event.
The next day, Fun Fest started off bright and early with athletes participating in the YMCA run at 7:30 a.m. This event saw walkers, joggers and runners of all ages. Viewer of the race were able to start their day with something to eat from the Food Stand.
From 8-10 a.m. the North American Refractories Reunion held a meeting serving coffee to those in attendance. At 9 a.m. a Farmers Market and vendor booths opened. Events continued throughout the day including a Horseshoe Tournament, Washer Tournament, Classic Car and Motorcycle Cruise Poker Run and Cake Walk.
The Farber Fun Fest Baby Show brought lots of contestants for children ages 0-36 months. Lucky for Kids was also a large attraction for children ages 3-10 years old. Those participating enjoyed prizes, followed by a Pedal Tractor Pull and a game of Egg Drop.
The Fun Fest finished up the weekend on Front Street by Railroad Park with live music, including Fifty/Fifty first on stage, followed by Dead Format. The two bands entertained the crowd with music and lights, as the crowd listened and tapped their feet to the beat of the drum.
“We are already preparing for the 150th celebration for the next year. There have already been people volunteering to help with different things and that helps a lot,” stated Flowers.