ARLEY - Amid the chilly February weather, Arley Women’s Club members met for a planning session for their big summer event of 2019. The annual Arley Day Festival, Car Show and Parade will be held at Hamner Park on Saturday, May 18.
There are various committees responsible for the fundraiser. The sponsors committee and vendors committee start interacting with their contacts early. Games, raffle and parade committees are preparing contracts, prizes and invitations for the event, and the car show committee heads out to personally invite car enthusiasts from across the region. It is an event that has grown each year. Several new features have been added, while keeping traditional favorites.
Significant support this year comes from four new $1,000 diamond partner sponsors who are partnering with the AWC. The generous donations made by Traditions Bank, Honda of Jasper & Hyundai of Jasper, Sons of Arley and Realtor Melissa Dodge with ARC Realty at Smith Lake help ensure the fundraiser will be a success. Diamond partners will be featured in all of the promotional material, special signs, newspapers, radio, TV and social media surrounding the event, and can reserve a VIP booth. Their commitment underscores the positive spirit which Arley Day brings to the community! Several other levels of support are available to help with the festival. The Arley Day 2019 Facebook page has details.
New games and amusement park rides are being introduced to attract families and kids of all ages, and multiple water slides will make a splash! Also in the works, a pirate ship ride and a bungee trampoline experience. The younger kids will have fun with face painting, spin art and a free archery demonstration.
Drawings will be held again, featuring the beautiful new quilt, “Hunter’s Star” created and donated by AWC member Helen Fleetwood and the very popular Big Green Egg Package. Last year, Donna Taylor, owner of the Arley Coffee Shop, was thrilled with her Big Green Egg win, and a faraway winner from New York state won the quilt…a gal who bought just one ticket from an AWC member.
The annual car show will return with hot rods, classic and custom cars. Antique trucks are always popular and participants can drive their vehicles in the parade to Hamner Park. There will be giveaways, drawings, lots of car-buff prizes and a 50/50! To pre-register, look for information on the AWC Facebook page.
The Parade lines-up at 8 a.m. at the Dollar Store/Southern Roots Fashion parking lot on County Road 41. It begins at 8:30 a.m. and leads through the center of Arley right to the festival.
To start the day off right, a pancake breakfast is held at the Arley Fire Station on Helicon Road, perfect for vendors and visitors alike. The free breakfast is organized by Arley First Baptist Church, and donations are accepted.
Many vendors, such as Traditions Bank, welcome visitors to their booth year after year. Son’s of Arley will return to their prominent food court location to set-up the Smokehouse BBQ food truck with all their specialties. And, the AWC bake sale will be situated next to the food pavilion for sweet desserts.
Vendor booths are available (10’ x 10’), from $30-$45 per space, with non-profits and churches receiving special pricing. All food booths (10’ x 14’) are $50 and spots go quickly. Applications are available on the club’s Facebook page. Artists, craftsmen, service organizations, churches and student groups are invited to participate. Everything from artwork, crafts, beauty items, clothing, jewelry, books and home goods will be available.
The Arley Women’s Club, is a 501(c)(3) corporation.
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