The 32nd Annual Flywheel Festival will be held April 26-27 at Joe Brigance Park and plans are to host a tractor driving competition on Friday night.
“The festival is all about flywheels and tractors and we alternate our focus between tractors and flywheels each year,” said Harry Collins, spokesman for the Mississippi Valley Flywheel Association. “This year it’s tractors and we’re trying to find the best tractor drivers around.”
Competition will see who can pull a chain in a circle, who can best move a water barrel in a straight line and who has the slowest tractor.
“The slowest tractor is actually a test of who has the best engine compression and who can idle their tractor the lowest,” said Collins. “All these events will be fun to watch and there will be trophies — and of course bragging rights — for the best tractor driver in the region.”
Also that Friday night will be the Houston Touchdown Club fish fry and an evening of entertainment on the stage set up on the CDF parking lot.
Tickets to the fish fry can be purchased at Houston High School or from any football booster. Flywheel Festival bands and singers and the time they will perform are:
5 p.m. – Bobby Hood.
6 p.m. – Brenda Whitlock.
7 p.m. – The Over-The-Hill Jazz Band.
10 a.m. – Community Choir.
11 a.m. – Ace Cannon.
1 p.m. – One Way Quartet.
Also new to the spring festival this year is the Miss Flywheel Pageant that will be held on the Main Stage at noon Saturday. The young lady picked at Miss Flywheel will represent the City of Houston at major events, ribbon cuttings and industrial groundbreakings.
“This is just one of the new-and-improved events we will feature at this year’s festival,” said Joyce East, executive director of CDF. “We are working hard to reach out to the community, especially younger people and families.”
Bounce houses, a kid’s pedal tractor-pull and snowcones will once again be a favorite for the young and young-at-heart. And of course vendors will fill Joe Brigance Park on Saturday offering everything from clothing and crafts to artwork and good things to eat.
“We are finalizing our entertainment and we will have everything from gospel and contemporary Christian music to country and more modern tunes,” said East. “We’ve tried to get a good mix and there will be something for everyone.”
The Flywheel Festival kicks off Friday with an anvil shoot at 11 a.m. The catfish supper will serve from 4 to 7 p.m. at the CDF building.
Saturday will see the Pink Ribbon 5K fun-run to raise money to fight breast cancer sponsored by the Team Hope and the pancake breakfast sponsored by the Houston Band Boosters.
The Parade of Power will wind through downtown Houston at 9:30 a.m. The tractor pull is the main event of the fall festival and it starts around noon.
And, as always, there will be demonstrations of steam and diesel engines, hominy cooking, a working grist mill, lard rendering, lye soap processing and a host of other pioneer projects in the park.
“The Flywheel Festival is always a chance to showcase our community and we hope people will mark their calendar and plan to come out,” said East. “Rain or shine we always have a lot of fun and bring a lot of people to Houston for the weekend.
For more information on the 32nd Annual Flywheel Festival or to obtain booth space call the Chickasaw Development Foundation at 456-2321.