Village Creek Festival in Lumberton moves to fall

Village Creek Festival in Lumberton moves to fall

The Lumberton Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 24th annual Village Creek Festival from Oct. 23-26 at the Lumberton City Park at 1300 FM 421.

This year’s festival offers a new schedule of dates (the festival was previously in April) and will offer more rides than ever, fantastic fair-style eats and treats, great craft and information booths from Southeast Texas vendors and amazing entertainment, said festival chair Don Burnett.

“This is the first time we’ve actually had the festival in October. People can come out and enjoy a fun day with their family and get some good carnival food, ride the rides, see a good fireworks show, and enjoy some good entertainment that night as well,” Burnett said.

Admission price is $5 per vehicle, said Sandra Womack, executive director of the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce. Once inside the festival, tickets must be purchased from the ticket booth to ride the rides, she said.

“We actually have a new contract this year with a brand new (company) out of Baytown that does all of our carnival rides,” Burnett said. “Normally we would bring in 12-15 rides. This year we’ve increased that to more than 20 rides. In addition to the smaller rides, we’ve got bigger rides for the older kids as well.”

The armband system has changed as well, Burnett said.

“This year we are going to do an all-day band,” he said. “You can actually come in at 12 o’clock, buy a band, and hang out and ride rides all day long for the price of $25 an armband. That basically gives you 10 hours of ride time.”

Thursday night, Oct. 23, and Friday night, Oct. 24, there will be talent shows, with winners to perform prior to the Saturday night headliner.

“They can showcase whatever talent they have. If someone is interested in participating in that, they can call the Chamber and sign up,” Burnett said.

Other entertainment will include Elvis tribute artist Jeff Rainey (Saturday night), and Katie Whitney & the Draw (Friday night), he said, adding that Sunday will be a family fellowship day with gospel singing.

There will also be a Frightday Night Costume Contest on Friday, Oct. 24, with the “bewitching hour” beginning at 6 p.m. Costume categories include Animals, Sports, Comic/Storybook Character, Scary, Celebrity and Original. A winner will be recognized in each category. This is family fun, and appropriate costumes are appreciated.

Burnett said, “We’ll have some treats for the kids that come out in costume.”

The Miss Village Creek Pageant will be Saturday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m. and features beauties from all over Hardin County with categories ranging from ages 0-21.

“About 10 years ago we combined it with the festival. Not only does Miss Village Creek get crowned and becomes an ambassador for the community, she also receives a scholarship,” Burnett said. “We also do additional scholarships. Some of the funds from the event will go to fund these different scholarships, as well as the operating costs.”

Burnett said that the event is not just for Lumberton and Hardin County residents; he hopes festival lovers from all over Southeast Texas will come out and see what the Village Creek Festival has to offer.

“We want it to be more of a regional festival where people from outside of Lumberton will take the time to drive over here. It’s an opportunity to see our city and see our new city park and enjoy some carnival rides. If you haven’t had your fix and your feel for some good carnival food, you have an opportunity to come out and get some good fair food and have some family fun,” Burnett said.

For more information including a schedule of events, visit www.lumbertoncoc.com or call (409) 755-0554.

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