‘Biggest festival ever’ set for next weekend

Published 8:50pm Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Showstopper Softball Tournament and Festival, advertised by organizers as “the biggest fundraising festival ever,” promises fun for all members of the family in support of beautifying the community.

Selmont Community Development Corporation Inc., a non-profit organization, is putting the event on to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony on a new walking trail behind Tipton Durant Middle School. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.

SCDC, which was started in 2011, focuses on trying to beautify the local community. The organization’s mission statement says it wants to better “community health, education, and finances” and the walking trail is one step along that process.

“We got started in 2011. We are a newly founded organization and our main goal is to improve the community from the foot of the bridge back to Southside High School and that area is only the beginning,” SCDCC president Vivan Jones said. “We would love for the community and anybody else that wants to, to come out and support us.”

Jones describes the walking trail area as a “smaller Bloch Park.”

One of the main focuses of the festival is to raise money for a restroom at the walking trail.

“We are still in the process of trying to get the asphalt and we need a bathroom out there in that facility,” Jones said. “When we checked into the price, [it] was $22,000 to build a bathroom out there. “

State Sen. Hank Sanders and State Rep. Dario Melton are scheduled to speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The festival runs from Saturday, Aug. 31 to Monday, Sept. 2. Admission is $2 each day and includes access to the softball tournament, vendor booths, car show, horse show and train rides. Train rides cost an additional $1.

“It is not just for the adults. We also have stuff for kids too,” Jones said, referencing the train and horse rides.

The softball tournament is an eight-team field, with men from 17-years-old and up playing Saturday and Sunday. The women will play Monday.

The softball games will start at 1 p.m. each day.

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