CORAL — This year’s Coral Days, slated for this Saturday, will be only one day long, but that’s one day longer than last year’s festival, the first time in about a century that the event was not held. Fortunately, new volunteers have stepped up to the plate and promise that Coral Day(s) will be jam packed with activities for young and old alike.
According to Jeanne Sturgeon, who chairs the Coral Days committee, planning for the event started late last summer and has progressed to the point that organizers are certain this year’s event will be one of the best, even if it is only one day long.
“In August of last year I sent out invitations for anyone interested because we didn’t have (Coral Days) in 2013,” Sturgeon said. “We had a grass roots group of Coral-ites that didn’t want it to die.”
Sturgeon also noted that the downtown area has a few new businesses, including Salt Box Antiques and Crafts on Main, that could benefit from the exposure a festival would bring to town.
“We have both ends of town coming alive and it’s livening up everything in between,” Sturgeon said.
The festival’s theme this year is Coral Bell Flowers, for which the town was eventually named, because — according to Sturgeon — “it was easier to spell.”
“The truth of the matter, though, is that there were coral bell flowers growing around here,” Sturgeon added.
Keeping the festival a one-day event has helped planners deal with the amount of work involved in creating a festival. Organizers are hoping for a good turnout this year; more than 400 flyers have been distributed throughout the area promoting the event.
Sturgeon also noted the festival is intended to provide maximum entertainment for minimum of money. The kids’ activities, including a bounce house and magic show, are offered for just $2 per child from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In the evening, a park-side concert gets underway at 7 p.m., followed by live outdoor music from 9 p.m. to midnight at Coral Bar.
“We’re hoping for a great day,” Sturgeon said.
Coral Day’s Schedule
The following events are slated for this Saturday:
• 8 a.m., Free pancake breakfast, Cowden Lake Bible Academy
• 9 a.m., Parade line up
• 9 a.m., 3 on 3 Basket ball/Volleyball Tournament
• 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Bingo
• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Great Lake Jump Inflatables
• 11 a.m., Parade
• 11 a.m., Hotdogs/Brats Dinner until gone
• 12 p.m., Horse Pulls
• 12 p.m., Corvette Car Display
• 12 to 3 p.m., Animal Cracker Zoo
• 12 to 4 p.m., Face Painting/Balloon Sculpting
• 12 to 1 p.m., Free Kiddy games
• 2 to 4 p.m., Soap Bo Derby
• 2:30 p.m., Tractor Pulls
• 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tours of Bert Boes Village
• 4 p.m., Gordon Russ Magic Show
• 7 to 9 p.m., Steal Grey Band in the Park
• 9 p.m. to 12 p.m., Outdoor music/Coral Bar/ Wayne & Willie and the Boys Band