— By CHRISTIN COYNE
Willow Park’s 11th annual ParkFest Saturday is expected to be an even bigger event in East Parker County this year as the city is also celebrating its 50th anniversary.
With the hours extended from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., attendees can play, eat, shop and listen to music.
Texas country music artist Steve Helms will be headlining the event Saturday evening. Others performing throughout the day will include River Trip, Rocky Lott, Jimmy Jones and Charla Corn.
Vendors will be offering jewelry, ceramics, arts and crafts, arrowheads, knives and other items for sale.
Younger attendees should find plenty of fun activities to do in the children’s area, as well.
The children’s stage will have performances by the Klassy Kloggers, a magician, clowns, several karate and gymnastic performances and a bullying and self-defense presentation.
The police department will have a petting zoo, and the public works department will have a 30-foot tall, great white shark slide.
There will also be a dunking booth, balloon animals, free cotton candy, a lollipop tree, face painting, and other free games and prizes for children.
The fire department will have trucks on hand and a medical helicopter is expected to land, as well.
The East Parker County Genealogy and Historical Society is expected to distribute free punch and cupcakes provided by Brookshire’s and attendees can watch a slideshow about the history of Willow Park that will be playing in the community center.
Other community organizations such as Parker Paws and the Parker County Master Gardeners will be on hand.
There will be food, as well, according to the city.
The planning process began earlier than usual this year and event organizers have worked to make sure local churches and organizations knew to save the date, according to city staff.
The event will be held at the corner of Ranch House Road and Stagecoach Trail and there is free.