The town’s Norris Fest will be held 11 p.m. — 3 p.m. Saturday May 9 at the Norris Recreation Field.
The festival is sponsored by Norris First Baptist Church, Catechee First Baptist and the Town of Norris.
“This will be our eighth Norris Fest,” said
Janie Swords with Norris First Baptist Church. “We try to give something back to the community every year.”
“There’s no charge for anything,” said organizer Ginger Haynes. “Everything is free.”
This year’s Norris Fest has a little something for everyone.
“It’s just a big, fun day,” Swords said.
Entertainment is provided by The Melody Trio, Pistol the Clown, the Pickens County Fire Prevention puppets and local church singers.
Kids will enjoy the eight inflatables and lots of games, including a dunk tank and train rides, Swords said.
“We’ll have face-painting, balloon animals and story-telling and fishing for the little kids,” she said.
All that fun make you hungry? Enjoy cotton candy, snow cones, funnel cakes and hot dog plates at Norris Fest.
A number of local organizations will be at the Festival telling attendees more about their groups.
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office will be on—hand with some demonstrations and giveaways, she said.
“Last year they talked about bike safety and gave away bike helmets,” Swords said.
Norris First Baptist’s health ministry and Palmetto Health Baptist Easley are teaming up to provide health screenings, including bone density, blood pressure, osteoporosis and diabetes screenings.
The Bloodmobile will be on-hand collecting blood donations for Janice Stancil, a local woman diagnosed with leukemia.
Clemson University students will give away five Clemson footballs autographed by Head Coach Dabo Swinney, Swords said.
Festival-goers also have a chance to win five $25 Wal-Mart gift cards and the grand prize, an indoor/outdoor thermometer, at the end of the festival, she said.
“You have to be present at the drawing to win,” Swords said.
Free parking and a shuttle will be available from Faith Baptist Church and First Baptist Church.
Each year’s event has been blessed with great weather, and festival organizers are hoping that those blessings will continue.
Organizers will hold a prayer walk to pray for the event, said organizer Ginger Haynes.
That prayer walk will be held around 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 at the Norris Recreation Field.
While there’s no way to tell exactly how many people came to last year’s Norris Fest, the number of hot dogs plate’s given away is a good indicator.
“We did 1,000 hot dog plates last year,” Swords said. “I think we’ll do even more this year because of the economy.”