Community Living

August 9, 2010

RUSH SPRINGS WATERMELON FESTIVAL Arts and Craft Expo grows again in ‘10

— Rhonda Loeffler chairperson for the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival Arts and Crafts Expo reports that the expo will be bigger and better than any previous year with over 110 vendors coming from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, California, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa.  The festival is located in Jeff Davis Park just East on Main Street across the railroad tracks Vendors will offer a wide variety of handmade crafts and commercial products with something of interest for all ages.  The expo this year will be arranged to make products and services more accessible to the public.  There will be a Family Fun section that will include face painting and air brush tatoos, puppets, cartoon caricatures, chilren’s novelties, dolls and toys, pucker candy, balloons, t-shirts, caps, hair bows, tutus, halos and children’s designer clothing, furniture, jewelry and toys and sunglasses.  

In addition to the vendor space on the South side of the park, a new exhibit area and community service space has been added just behind the watermelon exhibit building on the North side of the park, just across the street from the Carnival. This space will include: Old West Town and Shoot-Out Show, Old’ time photo shoots, metal and wooden crosses, rail road spike art, pottery, pictures, homemade soaps, candles, jewelry, yard art, western art, native American art and collectibles, children’s specialty items, and much much more.

Included on the South side and  throughout the Expo area will be Quilts, Cook Books, Frames, Oil Paintings, OU/OSU Collectibles, Handmade Jewelry, Pottery, Watermelon Crafts, Fabric Purses, Totes, Scrubs, Diaper Bags, Wood Crafts, Leather Crafts, Homemade Root Beer, Western Belts, Hats, Jewelry, Western Toys, Kitchen/Home Décor, Decorated Flip Flops, Ceramics, Candles/Scentsy, Salsa, Spices, Peppers, Pickles, BBQ Sauce, Jams, Jellies and other homemade goodies, Gourmet Foods, Honey products, Horse Shoe Art Collectibles, Metal Art, Baskets, Bird houses, CD’s and Music DVD’s. Booths will open at 9 a.m. and  remain open until dark.  If you enjoy arts and crafts shows, this is one show you will not want to miss.

The festival will begin with a rodeo and carnival The rodeo will be on Highway 81 at the Rusty Acres rodeo arena, and will be on both Thursday and Friday nights.  The carnival will be up and running for kids of all ages Thursday through Saturday night.  Friday at 4pm  there will be a Rodeo parade on Main Street. Saturday morning will be kicked off with a 5K run  and festival activities will begin Saturday at 9am with the Pioneer Awards, then the annual Tiny Tot contest, where Little Mr. and Miss Rush Springs will be crowned.  Other scheduled entertainment includes:  Presentation of the Colors, National Anthem, Kidz Kwire,  Oakie Dokie Stompers (Clogging), Wild West Shootout  re-enactment, Watermelon Seed Spitting, Gospel Music Jubilee, Mikayla Lee, Red Hot Redskins, Ryan Dorman and Clever Guns. At 4pm  there will be a free watermelon feed for all attendees and our featured entertainment Southern Exchange will take the stage. The evening will conclude with an auction of prize melons and crowning of the Watermelon Queen and Southern Exchange will continue to entertain the crowd until the festival closes.  For information or directions to Rush Springs call or email festival Chairman Marvin Loeffler at  HYPERLINK "" or call 580-476-3339or Rhonda Loeffler at 580-476-3636.


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