26th annual Village Creek Festival

Village Creek Festival
Micah Tyler

One of the most anticipated fall festivals of the year returns Oct. 27-29 as the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce hosts the 26th annual Village Creek Festival held at Lumberton City Park (1300 Highway 421).

This year’s festival promises to be great with a variety of vendors, which includes good food along with arts & crafts, a carnival midway, contests, bingo, daily vendor scavenger hunts, wiener dog races and a fantastic fireworks show.

Thursday, Oct. 27, gates will be open from 5-10 p.m. Highlight includes Community Bingo — free to play with a chance to win prizes from area businesses.

Friday, Oct. 28 Seniors (55 and older) will play Senior Bingo at 9:30 a.m. under the new pavilion. Gates open to the public from 5 – 10 pm and there will be a big Fright Night Costume Contest with categories including animals, sports, comic/storybook characters, scary, celebrity and original.

The festival will wrap up Saturday, Oct. 29. Festivities begin early with the popular Miss Village Creek Pageant at 10 a.m. The pageant is open to girls from infant to age 21, and all queen contestants must be in high school. All contestants must reside in Hardin County to qualify for the scholarship.

Also on Saturday, there will be Pet in the Park, Kid Zone, Petting Zoo, Pet Costume Contest, Gator Country and the return of the Wiener Dog Races.

There will also be a special musical performance by Micah Tyler. Tyler is a singer/songwriter and worship leader from Buna who plays more than 200 dates each year at churches, camps and a variety of other concert venues.

His recent video for his song “Gotta Love Millennials” went viral on Facebook and has more than 40 million views.

Tyler released his debut record The Story I Tell in 2013, which debuts at No. 3 on the iTunes Christian/Gospel charts. He has shared the stage with national touring acts such as Building 429, Colton Dixon, Phil Wickham, Shane & Shane, Josh Wilson, and The Afters.

After having served in staff ministry for almost a decade, Tyler has a deep love and respect for the local church, along with a passion to reach out to the unchurched with his Gospel-centered pop/soul music style. His song “Directions” recently appeared on the God’s Not Dead 2 soundtrack, and his debut single was sent to Christian radio in September. Tyler is currently working on an EP, set to release this fall.

Festivalgoers will also want to stick around Saturday night for the firework show sponsored by Leak Sealers Environmental.

Admission is free, and parking is only $5 with a portion of the proceeds benefitting local youth groups in Hardin County. A daily carnival wristband is available for $25.

Each year, the annual Village Creek Festival serves as the major fundraising event for Lumberton Chamber of Commerce, and the festival is made possible again this year by the generous support of Classic of Southeast Texas.

For more information, view lumbertoncoc.com or call (409) 755-0554.