Weatherford Democrat

March 25, 2014

Clark Gardens gearing up for festival fun


Weatherford Democrat

Lone Star News Group



     Bringing the spring season in with a bang, Clark Gardens Botanical Park is hosting its Annual Spring Festival the last weekend in March.

The festival is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival is presented by Community National Bank and Trust of Texas and is Clark Gardens’ biggest event of the year.

“We are very excited,” Clark Gardens Public Events Coordinator Lauren Wright said. “We have spring, fall and holiday festivals. [Spring] is the best event we have out here and the most well attended, generally capping at 2,000 guests.”

This year’s event will host a variety of activities, including art, cheese, live music and entertainment,  classic car show (Saturday), wine tasting,  motorcycle show (Sunday), a plant sales, a children’s area, a model train show, education stations and a vendor area.

During the festival, artists will have their work on display, including works for sale.

The wine will be provided by Bushy Creeks Vineyards, Barking Rocks Vineyard and Winery and Blue Ostrich Winery and Vineyard. Cheese will be provided by Veldhuizen Cheese, El Camino De Las Cabras and Eagle Mountain Farm House Cheese. Other food options include Brazos Market and Bistro and Five Boys Ranch.

The classic car show, March 29, 1-4 p.m., will be voted on 1-3:30 p.m.

The motorcycle show, March 30, beginning at 11 a.m., will be voted on noon to 3:30 p.m.

Eligible bikes for entry include:

• Vintage/classic, any make, stock motorcycle 1985 or older.

• Custom, altered from stock models.

• American touring, baggers custom and stock.

• Custom factory bike, American Iron Horse.

• Metric sport bike.

• Rat bike.

• Trike, any three-wheeled motorcycle.

A people’s choice award will be given to winners of both the car and motorcycle shows.

Education stations will be set up throughout the event, offering advice on how to garden, bee keep, identify trees, compost, tend to rabbits, container garden, tend to chickens and practice EarthKind gardening.

Various entertainers will perform all throughout the two-day event, including Brian Pounds from NBC’s “The Voice.”

Admission is $10 per adult and $7 per child, 5-12 years old. No charge for children four and under. Clark Gardens members have free admission.

For more information, visit www.clarkgardens.org/events/spring-festival.html or call 940-682-4856.