The annual Fall Y’all Country Fair in Vilonia will allow attendees to get a feel for the life of a farming family with the proceeds going to feed the hungry.
From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, organizer Sue Gallahar as well as members of her family will host the annual Fall Y’all event at the Bar W Ranch, located about 4.5 miles outside the city at 227 Stanley Road.
"This is a real working ranch and I would encourage everyone to wear the appropriate clothing," Gallahar offered. "There may be some dust and you might get a little dirt on you."
The event will include old farm equipment displays, an area for petting farm animals and a hay mountain. There will also be a pumpkin sling shot and a tractor pulled hayride. A few of the tamer games such as horseshoes and checkers will be set up for players of all ages. Those with an adventurous backbone may want to take a run during the wheel barrow races. For those wanting a walk back in time, there will be a variety of demonstrations including cross sawing, quilting and washing clothing on a rub board. Some demonstrators will be also be dressed in period costume, according to Gallahar. Those with a hankering for some goodies may visit the country store offering a few items for purchase.
The Gallahars invite the public to come out prepared to stay the day.
"Bring a picnic lunch," Gallahar said. For those only wanting to spend a short time, drinks will be available for purchase.
The event is held yearly by the family in memory of Terrence "Terry" Gallahar, who graduated from Vilonia High School in 1990. His life was cut short when he died in a jet ski accident at Beaver Fork Lake Aug. 6, 1991. He was only 19 at the time of his death.
"This is the 20th anniversary of his death," Sue Gallahar said of her son. "The proceeds, this year, will go to the Vilonia Church of Christ Food Pantry."
Admission is $5 for adults and children over the age of five. There is no charge for children under four. The fee includes all the games, activities and hay rides. Gallahar said attendees will be able to "follow the signs." From Highway 64 east of Vilonia, take Cypress Valley Rd. 1.6 miles. Turn east onto Stanley Rd. driving for about one mile.
Crafters are invited to set up a booth as well as politicians, Gallahar added. The charge for a booth is $25. For information, contact Gallahar at 501-733-0461.