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Republicans host Wild West festival
by Christine Fonville
October 18, 2013 08:16 AM | 2094 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye. From left, Bob and Barbara Jessop.
Staff / Katherine Frye. From left, Bob and Barbara Jessop.
The Henry County Republican Party invites Henry County citizens to dust off their cowboy boots and attend a Western festival sponsored by the organization on Oct. 26.

The event is taking place at 106 Woolsey Road in Hampton and runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

It is family oriented with games, activities and raffles for children and adults.

Tickets are $6 for adults and entry is free for children five and under.

The purchase of a ticket includes entry into the festival, a barbecue sandwich lunch provided by McDonough restaurant The Lunchbox, access to all of the games and performances and the chance to meet and talk to political candidates at the city and state level.

“The public can get face-to-face with these people running for office and ask questions or even let off steam if they want to,” said party spokesman Bob Jessop.

His wife and party first vice chair Barbara Jessop said residents are encouraged to attend the event to be informed voters.

But both said the main reason for the event is to provide an affordable way to entertain the entire family.

“It’s difficult to find an event that’s a reasonable price, includes a meal and can get everyone involved,” Jessop said.

A chili cook-off also will be a part of the Wild West-themed festival; tasting and voting for the best chili is included in the price of admission.

The first place winner of the competition gets a $150 prize with second place receiving $100 and third place receiving $75.

The organization has been busy recreating a Western inspired “town” for the event as well.

“We’ve built some façades like a general store, bank and saloon and attendees can walk through the ‘town’ and access various components of the festival,” Jessop said.

Other activities include:

-A silent auction and cake walk.

-Live performers, music, square-dancing and a DJ.

-Free sign-up for the Ident-a-Kid program, a service aimed at protecting children’s identities, provided by the sheriff’s department.

Although the event is organized by the Henry County Republican Party, the Jessops said they encourage everyone, no matter their political affiliation, to attend the festival.

“Our No. 1 goal is to have a family fun event, rain or shine,” said Jessop.



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