Willow Springs’ annual Bear City Fall Festival coincides this year with the 150th anniversary of the city’s founding. A day full of activities is scheduled to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and includes food trucks, musical entertainment, a chicken pageant and a quilt giveaway.

Food vendors at the festival include Roscoe T’s BBQ with smoked pulled pork and chicken quarters; Horse Power Pizza with soda and pizza; Katy-Did’s Fried Pies with fried pies, peanut brittle and breads; Poppin B’s Kettle Corn with kettle corn, pork rinds and drinks; and Texas County Cattlemen with “everything beef.”

Also serving up treats are the Chill Out Shack with shaved ice, ice cream and floats; Trinity Worship Center with skillet cookery; Willow Springs Lions Club with funnel cakes; Willow Springs Farmers Market; Baby Cakes Cupcakery with cupcakes; Blue Buck Church with pies; and Mom & Pop’s BBQ with pulled pork, chicken, turkey, nachos and burgers.

At 9 a.m., the P.E.O. sisterhood will tea at the United Methodist Church with Emmie Seaman, a former Willow Springs resident, who will give a presentation on quilting. The public is welcome to attend the free session and enjoy tea.

A quilt giveaway will be held in celebration of Willow Springs’ 150 years as a community. To enter, stop by the Ferguson Building this week in downtown Willow Springs or enter Saturday during the festival. The quilt is a queen size 1860-70 sampler piece created by Westside Quilters.

The winner of the drawing will be announced at 1:40 p.m. on the stage during the festival.


9 a.m.: National anthem, Pledge of Allegiance and opening prayer.

9:05 a.m.: Terry Sutherland music.

10:50 a.m.: Chicken Pageant.

11 a.m.: Foster’s Outback Cloggers.

11:45 a.m.: Chili Cookoff awards.

11:55 a.m.: Stringed Union music.

12:45 p.m.: Quilt Show awards.

12:55 p.m.: Stars Foundation dancers.

1:40 p.m.: 150th anniversary quilt drawing, Fall Bounty Awards and Howell County News Photo contest awards.

1:50 p.m.: Rhubarb Jam Band music.

2:40 p.m.: Car Show awards announced on main stage. Awards will also be announced prior at the Car Show.

2:50 p.m.: On the Floor youth cloggers.

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