The Eufaula Indian Summer Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary this October. The festival, hosted by the Eufaula Barbour County Chamber, routinely draws a large crowd and anticipates the 40th year will be the best yet. The festival will once again be held in the side fields next to the Chamber office with an entertainment line-up that all can enjoy. The Chamber invested time and lots of planning in formatting a schedule that will provide entertainment for the entire family.
“We want to provide the community with a variety and a wide selection of choices for the entire day and for the family to enjoy,” said Chamber Program Director, Katrina Wright. “The Chamber’s objective is to provide educational, activities that encourage better health for our community and visiting tourists. With more family entertainment, hands-on activities and health related activities and information, we hope to achieve our goal.
The festival kicks off with a 5K Trail Trot. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the race starting at 8:30 a.m. The Barbour County Extension and The Chamber of Commerce have worked to improve the health and well-being of the citizens of Barbour County for more than three years. In an effort to continue encouraging better fitness, the Chamber is hosting the Trail Trot and offering registration discounts to Military and Pre- Registered 5K runners. A $30 fee will be charged for other participants the day of the race. T-shirts will be guaranteed to all who pre- register.
“It’s called the “Trail Trot”, whether you run, trot or walk, finishing the race is the ultimate reward,” said Wright.
Registration forms can be picked up at The Chamber of Commerce.
The Humane Society of Barbour County has added a “Christmas Flair” to the Pet Parade this year! For many of years, the Pet Parade has been a crowd favorite and this year will be no different. This year’s theme is “Christmas Critters.” Pet owners, and their pets, will come in costume and parade the festival grounds. The awards ceremony will take place around 9:30 a.m., with the parade immediately following. All proceeds will benefit The Barbour County Humane Society. You do not have to be in costume to participate in the parade. Entry forms available at the Chamber of Commerce.
This year’s festival will continue the celebration of our great State of Alabama. We will be wishing our state an “Happy Birthday” with the Alabama Bicentennial Balloon Release. The State of Alabama kicked off the Bicentennial season in March of 2017 and has continues promoting events to celebrate the 200 years of statehood which will take place on December 14, 2019. The Chamber encourages recognition to this important statewide celebration. Red and white balloons will be released at 10:00 a.m. and cupcakes will be served. Come out and help celebrate our states birthday by releasing a balloon and taking part in the celebration.
The Chamber works with several communities in the Wiregrass to promote birding. Eufaula is home to four locations on the Alabama State Birding Trail: Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge, Lakepoint State Park, Old Creek Town Park, and Yoholo Micco Walking Trail. To many tourists, birding is a passionate hobby that many enjoy. Brian Blazer, bird enthusiast, will be performing four shows at this year’s festival. Exotic species of birds will be on hand to perform. Also, being shown throughout the day will be an amazing variety of reptiles, for all the reptile lovers.
If birds soaring, reptiles crawling, and dogs parading are not on your to-do list, the festival will offer canine performers. Two shows will be offered to show the control, agility and speed of man’s best friend. Faith Farms will be on hand with their assortment of farm and exotic animals. The cute and cuddly will be available for you the pet, if you heart desires.
Animals may not be your cup of tea, so we have plenty of other exhibits for you to take part in. The classic car show is another crowd favorite of all ages. Over 30 automobiles will be on display ranging in make, age and style. Come out and cast your vote for your favorite classic car. Trophies will be awarded at the end of the show.
The Chamber’s focus was to strengthen our kids’ activities. Bouncy house, inflatable obstacle courses, face painting, sidewalk chalk stations will be provided, along with many other child related activities.
“We believe that if the kids are happy, the parents are happy as well.” added Wright. Included in the entertainment line-up are two magic shows, two juggling acts, and dog agility shows. A team of engineers, from our local industries along with our local Barbour County Extension Office have gathered their talents to provide several educational hands on experiences for our youth. We should not only teach our young visitors, but also help stimulate their appetites for learning for years to come.”
Indian Summer will still have the familiar merchandise/vendor booths for those wanting to shop for those one of the kind unique items. There will be plenty of food selections along the avenue for you to enjoy.
“We just wanted to use what we have and showcase it’s great assets, the open fields and walking trail, and give the folks of our community a fun place to gather and have some festival fun.”
The festival is free to attendees thanks to the generosity of many local businesses and their gracious sponsorships. Wristbands will be sold for entry to the kids’ activities for $10 each. A $10 wristband will gain you an entire day of festival fun. Festival booth hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For additional information, please contact the Eufaula Barbour County Chamber at 334-687-6664.
This years sponsors include: Alabama Power, AmerisBank, Burger King, Crowne Health Care, M.C. Dixon Lumber Company, El Jalisco Mexican Grill, E&B Insurance, Eufaula Physical Therapy + Wellness, Eufaula Staffing, Family Dental Care, 22nd State Bank, Five Star Credit Union, The Lakeside School, Main Street Family Urgent Care, Medical Center Barbour, Jeff and Sherrin Mira, Noakes Wealth Management, Piggly Wiggly, Southeast Gas, Trustmark Bank, WestRock, Resource MFG and Eufaula City Schools.