The Woodward News

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October 22, 2013

Shattuck holding fall festival

Woodward, Okla. — SHATTUCK--The Shattuck Main Street organization is taking advantage of new facilities to expand it's Fall Festival and Craft Show.

The festival is set for this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Red Barn along Highway 15 on the east side of Shattuck.

Tena Nix, director of Shattuck Main Street, explained that the recent addition of new kitchen facilities at the Red Barn has allowed the organization to add a couple of additional events to the annual fall festival.

"A couple of unique things for this year's Fall Fest will be our 'Taste of Shattuck' event at the new kitchen facilities at the Red Barn. All our local restaurants will be providing a sample of their entrees for a small fee," Nix said.

In addition, she said the new kitchen area will house the festival's pumpkin recipe contest and the Shattuck Ag Boosters' sloppy joe concession stand.

"The kitchen area is an all new facility, so we're kind of excited that we can use it for the Fall Fest," she said.

Especially since it gives them more room for other activities in the main barn building, which Nix said will be divided into 2 areas, one for vendors and the other for kids activities.

Nix said she already has 25 arts and crafts vendors signed up to participate in Saturday's show.

"We have anything from stained glass to Mary Kay cosmetics to furniture to jewelry and quilts," she said.

And while parents shop, Nix said that children can go play in the "Kids Fest" area, which will feature a number of carnival games, all sponsored by the Ellis County 4-H.

"We'll have sand art, ring-toss, knock down cans, toilet paper toss, bowling, and fishing games," she said.

But the thing that will perhaps make the biggest splash at this year's Kids Fest is the a "giant, life-sized" killer whale exhibit.  "It's a blow-up thing that I think up to 15 kids can go in at a time and learn about whales," Nix said.

This year's festival will also include a number of fun contests, including both a pumpkin recipe contest and pumpkin decorating contest.

Nix said the recipes and decorated pumpkins must be prepared in advance and then brought to the festival for judging.  Recipe entries are due by 11 a.m. and the decorative entries must be turned in by 2 p.m., she said.

In addition, there will also be a costume contest those 12-years-old and up, with judging held at 2 p.m.

But don't worry, the little ones aren't left out.  Those 11-years-old and under are invited to participate in a costume parade at 11:30 a.m.

"Every child that participates will get a bag of goodies as a prize," Nix said.

The prizes for the winners of the adult costume contest, as well as for the pumpkin recipe and decorating contests, will be Shattuck Bucks, Nix said.

All contest winners will be announced around 3 p.m., she said.

In addition, festival goers will have the opportunity to walk away with even more freebies as "they'll be doing drawings for door prizes every hour amongst the vendors," she said.

Nix said the festival is free to attend.

Instead of charging for tickets to the festival, she said Shattuck Main Street is raffling off a 12-guage shotgun, valued at $750, to help fund the event.

While the organization has already been selling tickets for the gun raffle, Nix said that people can still purchase tickets at the festival on Saturday until 2 p.m.

The winner of the gun raffle will be announced at 3 p.m. along with the other contest winners, she said.

Nix said Shattuck Main Street holds the Fall Festival because it not only gives families a place to come enjoy themselves, but also serves her organization's goal of stimulating the local economy.

"It gives an opportunity for our local businesses to sell their products, like with the restaurants in the Taste of Shattuck.  And with all the vendors it lets people know what Shattuck is all about in one stop," she said.  "And it's also stimulating the economy of our town by bringing people out of town who may stop and shop at Alco or stop and fill up with gas."

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