Opp Fest carnival open now through Saturday

Published 1:16 am Thursday, October 27, 2016


Opp Fest kicked off last night with a carnival in downtown Opp.

The carnival will run through Saturday.

Armbands are $20 each day and cover all rides and attractions at the carnival.

The carnival is located on West Covington Avenue.

The street festival and entertainment portion will begin on Friday at 7 p.m.

“We’re so excited that the carnival is back in town,” said DRA Chairperson Pam Potter. “We think that is going to draw a bigger crowd.”

Friday night’s concert will be Charlene Payne.

“Charlene Payne will perform at 7 o’clock,” Potter said. “She is one of our repeat performers. She’s really good about coming to our local events like Opp Fest and Fourth of July. She has just a beautiful, beautiful voice.”

Opp’s Linda Clifton will sing the National Anthem as well as other patriotic tunes.

Saturday morning, the Opp Rotary Club will hold its annual Scarecrow 5K. Registration will start at 7 a.m., at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Center, and the 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration fee is $30 per person.

Saturday’s events will kick off at 8 a.m.

Entertainment for the day will include the OHS marching band at 9 a.m.; Local group Corona Five will perform throughout the day.

“Corona Five is the only band that will play,” she said. “They will take breaks. We are also excited to have the Marching Black and Gold perform. That’s a tradition at Opp Fest.”

The event will also feature the annual car show on Main Street. Cost to enter is $20 and registration starts at 9 a.m.

“The car show is another tradition for Opp Fest,” Potter said. “It’s always there, and we are happy to have them.”

Approximately 38 vendors will also be set up in downtown. Applications are available until noon Friday.

So far, Potter said, there is a good variety of vendors.

“We have several food vendors. The AMVETS will be set up,” she said. “There will be children’s games, pony rides, roasted corn, arts and crafts. We have several who will come in who make their own items and then we will have some businesses.”

Potter said additionally, as a new addition, Doc’ Country Store will be set up and will serve biscuits.