BULLARD — Joey Marse brought his son, Toby, 6, to ride the carnival rides and have a family outing.
“We are just very pleasantly surprised with how much fun is being had down here. There are a lot of vendors we didn’t expect to see and a real nice car show and some good food. We are enjoying it,” said Terry Anderson, of Tyler, who came with her husband to see their son perform.
The festivities kicked off with a parade followed by a veterans ceremony.
Given by the Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the festival, Veteran of the Year awards went to Elzie Clark, of Bullard; Cliff and Helen Horbury, of Flint; and Benny Walker, of Jacksonville.
Trees will be planted in their honor in the Bullard city park, and stone plaques engraved with their names pla-ced beside the trees, Michelle Cunningham said.
Community members could sign an armed forces community covenant expressing support for the armed forces.
Timber Garner, 2012 winner of the chamber’s Miss Armed Forces scholarship, read her winning essay.
An eclectic array of vendors hawked everything from goldfish to cookbooks, from purses to tomatoes, from jewelry to teddy bears, from place mats to cross bows, denim jeans and soap.
The booth of Lucy Norlie, of Bullard, promoted her business of recovering counters and sold faux stained glass. Kallie Foshee sold crosses that she makes as a hobby.
Laura Kress, of Bullard, said she was just out with her two children, ages 8 and 5, having fun. “I’m letting them ride some of the rides. … They are loving it,” she said.
Sara Powell, 12, of Bullard, said she thought the super slide would be scary but it was fun. Her friend, Madison Wise, 11, said the super slide was “really fun and kind of slow.”
Dee Ann Shelton, of Flint, who accompanied her daughter, Audree, 11, said, “It looked like a fun day and good weather to get out instead of sitting at home. We are just having a nice afternoon out.”
At the Christian Motorcyclists Association’s children activities center, youngsters made necklaces, painted, glittered, made foam things and games. “We just come out as a service to the community to share God’s love with everybody,” Glenda Voit, who helped man the center, said.
Festival performers included Lauren Alexander, Johnny Lee and the Urban Cowboy Band and the Bart Crow Band.
A car show, said John Smith, exhibited custom cars, new cars, four-wheelers, and golf carts as well as vehicle sound and audio systems, truck accessories and antique military vehicles.
“They are nice looking cars, even the old ones; I’m enjoying looking at them,” Howard Dickerson, of Whitehouse, said, “I came down to look around and pass the time on a nice day.”