By Cody Thompson
CROCKETT – Spring is one of the most wonderful seasons of the year: flowers are blooming, the weather is warming up and the annual Davy Crockett Festival is right around the corner. This year’s festival is set to start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 6 at the square in downtown Crockett.
The event, sponsored by the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce, will host a variety of vendors set up around the square that will be selling everything from food, arts & crafts and much more, according to Crockett Chamber of Commerce executive director Jeannie Julian.
“There will be a little bit of everything available for purchase at the festival,” Julian told the Messenger on Friday.
The festival will also feature a kid’s zone, where children can play while parents shop, Julian said.
“There’s something for everyone in the family at the festival,” Julian said. “The kid’s zone will have a bouncy house, face-painting booths, sand art and other games that the kids can participate in.”
Patrons also will have the opportunity to hear some old-time dulcimer music performed by Lloyd, April and Margaret Wright of Kennard, as well as the heavy tones of Crockett-based Christian rock band Strangers & Heroes.
“We’re really looking forward to putting on a good show for the people at the festival,” Strangers & Heroes guitarist Brent Price Jr. told the Messenger. “Most of us have been coming to the festival our whole lives, so it’s an honor to get to perform at it.”
The chamber still has open spots available for musicians and entertainers who wish to perform at the festival, according to Julian. Those interested in performing at the festival need to call the Crockett Chamber of Commerce at 936-544-2359.
The festival also boasts a car show that will begin at 10 a.m. and is free to enter, Julian said.
“We request that anyone interested in the automobile show arrive at 9:30 a.m. so we can get all of the cars lined up before the festival starts,” Julian said.
The winners of the car show will be selected by the festival patrons.
“We’re doing a people’s choice for the car show this year, and everyone in attendance at the festival will have the opportunity to vote on which car they think should win,” Julian said.
The first-, second- and third-place winners of the car show will receive a trophy sponsored by Prosperity Bank in Crockett.
If patrons look hard enough through the crowds of people, they might just see a blast from the past in attendance at the festival. Leonard Crockett will be in costume as the late Davy Crockett and will be traversing the square taking pictures with kids and regaling patrons with the wondrous feats of Davy Crockett’s past.
“Leonard is a fifth generation descendant of Davy Crockett,” Julian said. “He loves getting to meet the kids and tell them all about his heroic ancestor.”
To learn more about the festival, contact the chamber of commerce at 936-544-2359.
To learn more about upcoming chamber events, visit www.crockettareachamber.org.
Cody Thompson may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.