Broadway gearing up for ‘Our Way’ festival

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

Early Wednesday morning, Broadway Mayor Donald Andrews and Town Manager Bob Stevens were painting and marking the available vendor spaces in the town streets in anticipation of this weekend’s festival.

The fifth annual Broadway Our Way Festival is set for Saturday with a variety of music, vendors, games, contests and children’s activities scheduled throughout the day in downtown Broadway. The free event has become a family-friendly attraction in recent years, often tripling the size of the town for a day.

“I am looking forward to it,” Stevens said. “A lot of people have worked a lot of long, hard hours. We don’t say, ‘Hey, let’s have a festival’ on Wednesday afternoon and do this. There have been some dedicated folks working on it, and we hope folks will turn out and enjoy it.”

Rebecca Hunter, the festival’s volunteer coordinator, said 40 adults and 30 teenagers are helping with this year’s event in some way.

“It is just a wonderful day for families to come out and have fun,” she said. “It brings crafts, food and local flavor to the area.”

A new event this year is a donut hole-eating contest, scheduled for 6 p.m., with 15 available spots open for contestants. Registration is $10 per participant with a chance to win $100.

Andrews said he was looking forward to seeing friends he hadn’t seen since the last festival — and the smiles on the faces of the town residents who attend the event.

“I enjoy seeing people enjoy themselves and the springtime weather,” Andrews said. “It is always rewarding to see people having a good time and looking forward to the event.”