HOUSTON — The fifth Houston Community Classic Festival will move to the community’s new school this year, at 5300 Houston Road, with activities planned for Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27.
The goal of the festival is to provide some summertime fun for the Houston community, said Cori Steiner, festival chair.
The festival started five years ago to “bring the community together,” Steiner said. “We thought it would be good to jump on the bandwagon” and plan a festival similar to those held in neighboring Shelby County communities.
This year’s festival will feature some new attractions, including a Little Miss Houston at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
The pageant is for girls age pre-K through third grade as of August and who reside in the Hardin-Houston School District. Contestants will be asked to answer a few questions about themselves. According to Steiner, all contestants will be asked the same final question, which is published on the registration form, “What does Houston mean to you?” For more information, visit the festival’s Facebook page.
Also new this year is Cow Patty Bingo, and returning this year is a gambling tent, with a portion of the proceeds being donated by the festival committee to the Houston Fire Department, Steiner said.
Two musical acts will provide entertainment: Strategy on Friday night and Stranger on Saturday. Strategy’s lead singer is a Houston graduation. Members of Stranger are from the Tipp City/Dayton area, Steiner said. The concerts are free.
Back for Friday night is the annual Adam Kemp Memorial Car Show, in honor of the late Adam Kemp. The show is managed by the Kemp family. Also Friday is a kiddie tractor pull.
Several other groups are planning booths and fundraising during the festival, Steiner said, including Houston cheerleaders and sports teams.
Sports events during the festival will include a dodge ball tournament and the Houston 5k Classic Run/Walk. Registration forms for these events may be found on the festival’s Facebook page.
With the move to the school facility, Steiner said, all events will be held on the blacktop and there will be plenty of room and parking. The new location also provides better handicap accessibility as well as space for strollers for younger children.
Friday, June 26
4 p.m. to dark — Bounce Houses, Barrel Rides, etc. Festival Grounds, behind school Festival Committee
4 p.m. to 12 a.m. — Food Tents
5 p.m. — Registration for the Adam Kemp Memorial Car Show
5-9 p.m. — Craft Vendors
6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Gambling Tent, behind school
6-6:30 p.m. — Kiddie Tractor Pull registration, ages 4-11 (no entry fee)
6:30 p.m. — Kiddie Tractor Pull Starts behind school
7 p.m. — Car Show judging awards and door prizes
7:30 p.m. — 1st Attendance Drawing
8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Strategy, entertainment tent
* All Times and Activities are Subject to Change
Saturday, June 27
7:15-8:15 a.m. — Registration for the 7th Annual Houston 5k Classic Run/Walk Hardin-Houston Local Schools Athletic Complex Committee
8:30 a.m. — 7th Annual Houston 5k Classic Run/Walk Hardin-Houston Local Schools Athletic Complex Committee
9:15 a.m. Houston Classic 1 mile Fun Run Hardin-Houston Local Schools Athletic Complex Committee
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. — FFA Breakfast, inside Hardin-Houston Local Schools
12 p.m. to dark — Bounce Houses, Barrel Rides, etc. Festival Grounds
12 p.m. to 12 a.m. — Food Tents
12-9 p.m. — Craft Vendors
12:30 p.m. — Little Miss Houston contest, stage
1 p.m. to 12 a.m. — Gambling Tent, behind school Lockington Fire Department
1-2:30 p.m. — Dodge Ball Tournament registration
2-4 p.m. — DJ Jim Weaver
2 p.m. — 2nd Attendance Raffle Drawing
3 p.m. — Dodge Ball Tournament starts
5 p.m. — Announcement: Winner of the 50/50
5 p.m. — Cow Patty Bingo
6 p.m. — Frozen T-Shirt Contest (ages 6 & up; $1 entry fee)
6-7 p.m. — Strategy, Entertainment Tent
7 p.m. — Hardin-Houston Local Schools – Building Tours Festival Grounds, behind school Hardin-Houston Local Schools
7:30 p.m. — 3rd Attendance Drawing
8 p.m. to 12 a.m. — Stranger, Entertainment Tent
10 p.m. — Announcement: Winner of the 50/50 Raffle Entertainment Tent Festival Committee