The annual Chula Street Fair will be this Saturday, Sept. 19. The theme this year is “Stayin’ Alive.” According to a street fair organizer, Randy Horton, that theme was chosen because citizens are doing what they can to keep their street fair “alive” every year.
The annual Chula Street Fair will be this Saturday, Sept. 19. The theme this year is “Stayin’ Alive.” According to a street fair organizer, Randy Horton, that theme was chosen because citizens are doing what they can to keep their street fair “alive” every year. Horton said the Chula Street Fair used to be a four- or five-day event and now it is only one day. “We’re trying to keep things going,” Horton said. Though the street fair has gone down from five days to one, there is much activity throughout the day to keep one busy from morning until night. The day starts out with biscuits and gravy being served at the Chula Community Center for the Chula Fire and Rescue from 7 until 9:30 a.m. Free will donations will be accepted. Vendors will begin setting up around 8 a.m. and signup for the baby show will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Baptist Church. The baby show registration fee is $3. Babies are to be in diapers only. Two and three-year-olds should wear bathing suits. The baby show will begin at 9 a.m. The Community Center Food Stand opens at 10 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. signup for mud volleyball will take place south of the park. The entry fee is $35 per team. Each team should have five to six members, with two females per team. Volleyball games will begin at 11 a.m. The cake walk will also begin at 11 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., entries will start lining up for the parade at Chula School. Grand marshals of the parade are long-time Chula residents, Benny and Beverly Simpson. Benny has served on the city council board and has been involved with the Chula fire department for many years, and his wife, Beverly has also been active in the Chula community. Both are also active in the Chula Baptist Church. The overall grand prize winner of the parade will receive $100 and there will also be cash prizes for each category winner. Parade categories include: Most Unique, Most Original, Antique and Animal. Mini Mud Boggers sign up will start at 12:30 p.m. at a tent south of the park and it will start at 1 p.m. This event is free. Carnival games will start at 1 p.m. and last until 7 p.m. Wrist bands for games are $10 for kids up to 12 years old. Tickets for older kids will be available. At 1:30 p.m. the washer tournament sign up will start. To register, it’s $20 per team. The washer tournament will begin behind the Chula Community Center at 2 p.m. Also at 2 p.m. is the pedal pull. The fish fry by the Chula Rural Fire Department will start at 5:30 p.m. and last until 7 p.m. Free will donations will be accepted. At 6 p.m. another cake walk will begin. At 7 p.m. Miss Cornstalk contestants will be introduced. At 7:15 p.m. Little Miss and Master will be announced. 2015 Little Miss Chula candidates are Emily Criner, Lillian Dennis and Emma Thomas. Little Master Chula candidates are Gunner Brobst, Lucas Grammenz and Hunter Mitchell. Winners will be crowned by 2014 Little Miss Chula, Bryleigh Gillespie and 2014 Little Master Chula, Marshall Boon. Raffle drawings will immediately follow the coronation. Raffle items include: cash, gas cards, gift cards, gift certificates and much more. The fire department raffle includes: a $300 and a $200 gift certificate to Wal-Mart, a $200 gift certificate to Hy-Vee and $100 gift certificates to Pat Thorne Lumber, Lowe’s and Westlake’s. Raffle tickets are $1 a piece. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. a D.J will be playing music, the food stand will stay open until 10 p.m. An event organizer, Diane Holcer, said she’s hoping for a big crowd this year although there are other parades and events on Saturday as well.