While plenty of traditional events are expected to return to the 55th annual Boaz Harvest Festival, there are a few new things in store this year.
Set for Oct. 4-5, the festival will host its first cornhole tournament Friday night at 6 p.m. Teams of two or four (preferably four) can register through the Boaz Area Chamber of Commerce. Cost to enter a team is $10. Winners of the tournament will take home half of the fees collected, according to Boaz Area Chamber of Commerce President Jodi Skinner.
Introducing a cornhole tournament is part of Skinner’s goal to get people to get rid of the cell phones for a while and enjoy spending time outdoors with friends and family.
“We’re really excited about the tournament this year,” Skinner said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun for those teams of friends or family members. And that’s the goal — sometimes we have to disconnect to reconnect, you know?”
She said Dean Weigel, a Boaz Parks and Recreation department worker, and Will Penton, a chamber board member, was helping organize the tournament. Another chamber board member, DonNeeysa Adams, and her husband, Todd, constructed the boards that will be used in the tournament, according to Skinner.
Deadline to register is Sept. 30. Registration forms, rules and other Information about the tournament can be found at boazareachamberofcommerce.com, on the Boaz Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or by contacting the chamber at 256-593-8154.
The tournament will be held next to the Boaz Area Chamber of Commerce building, in front of the stage where Country Case will perform during the tournament.
Country Case, sponsored by Dale’s BBQ, will take the stage at 6 p.m.
The festival’s first cosplay/costume contest, sponsored by Notorious Collectibles and GameStop will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. Winners of the adult (ages 16 and over) and youth (ages 15 and under) will be announced at the stage by the chamber. Registration forms can be found and completed at Notorious Collectibles, GameStop and the chamber. The deadline to register is Thursday, Oct. 3.
The 55th annual Boaz Harvest Festival is a two-day event that begins Friday, Oct. 4, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 5. Skinner said the fun begins both mornings at 8 a.m. The opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m on the Old Mill Park stage. More than 100 vendors are expected to line Main Street — they are scheduled to close at 6 p.m. both nights; however, Skinner said vendors would be encouraged to remain open Friday night until the cornhole tournament and the performance by Country Case was over. There are still booths available — contact the chamber if interested in a spot.