WALTON — Rain or shine, the Walton Rural Life Festival and Car Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in Walton.
"This is the 10th one," said Dean Davis, one of the organizers of the event.
The festival is one of the biggest events for the town, and raises money for Walton Rural Life School and the Walton Volunteer Fire Department.
"It's kind of a thing that the community likes to put on to show our appreciation for the school," said Shirley Esau, another of the event's organizers. "The community kind of wants to give back to the school by doing this."
Early birds can get a breakfast of biscuits and gravy from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the fire department, located at 122 Main St.
The Harvey County Health Department will be running a flu clinic from 9 a.m. until noon, offering flu shots. Those wanting a shot should check with their insurance provider to see if it is allowed to be given outside of their primary provider's office and bring their insurance card or payment. Cash, debit cards and credit cards will be accepted.
The car, truck and tractor show will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to anyone wanting to display a vehicle.
"We have eight or 10 tractors; we'll have some old trucks and all types of custom cars from the early 1900s to the 2000s," Davis said.
A parade down Main Street will begin at 10 a.m., with children invited to lead the procession.
"They can decorate their bikes and ride them down Main Street to start the parade," Esau said. "When they get to the end on Main Street, they all say the Pledge of Allegiance together and that starts the festival."
Activities for children also include face painting, barrel train rides from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a money scramble at 1 p.m. for those ages 2 to 10.
"All of the festivities for the kids are free," Esau said.
One of the most popular events of the festival is the kid's pedal pull. Nine separate age categories can register to participate from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and will race from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
"The winner from each category qualifies to compete in next year's state fair," Esau said.
A lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with proceeds going to the Walton Rural Life Center.
The Walton Lion's Club will provide free Schwann's ice cream from 1 to 2 p.m. and P&H Concessions will have funnel cakes and more available throughout the day.
If you're still hungry or want something to take home, visit the arts and crafts booths set up in the fire department. Walton Rural Life PTO will have a booth selling baked goods, and others will have honey and jelly for sale. Soaps, lotion, metal art, jewelry, photography artwork, crochet and knit items, stuffed animals and balloons for the kids will also be available.
This year, a T-shirt designed by Ella Ryan, a fourth grader at Walton Rural Life Center, will be sold.
"The money from that goes to the school," Esau said.
For more information about the car show, contact Davis at 316-727-6862. For more information about the festival, call Esau at 620-837-3143.