ARLEY — The 48th Arley Day Festival, Car Show & Parade will be held on Saturday, May 15 at Hamner Memorial Park.
Presented by the Arley Women’s Club, the event promised to be bigger than ever thanks to continued community support. Last year's Arley Day was canceled because of the pandemic.
Classic cars, antique trucks and tractors, bands, floats, first responders, and even horses are invited to participate in the Arley Day Parade. Decorate your ATV, golf cart or bicycle and join the parade! Line-up (8 a.m.) is at the Dollar General on Hwy. 41, and the parade begins at 8:30. The parade route leads to Hamner Park, where the car show kicks off Arley Day.
Car show participants can enter at Hamner Park. It is staged on the grassy lawn, a perfect spot across from the Arley Fire Station. Participants will have chances to win automotive products, 50/50s and money tree prizes.
The Meek Band of Champions will hold its annual 5K Run/Fun Walk. Registration will be at 6:30 a.m. at Arley First Baptist Church with a start time of 7 a.m.
New to this year's event will be the organization of two community breakfasts. At the Arley Fire Station, the pancake breakfast will be hosted by Arley First Baptist Church, and at Meek Baptist Church, another breakfast will be held in their fellowship hall. Both are open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Breakfasts are free, and donations are welcomed, with proceeds going to the Arley Volunteer Fire Department.
Both locations are just across from Hamner Park, so folks arriving early for vendor set-up or the car show can enjoy a friendly meal as the activities of Arley Day begin.
Meek High School Basketball Coach Woods is holding a mini camp at the park’s basketball court from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. His team will be on hand to assist and show some moves! This is a new addition to the festival.
This year, in addition to Miss Arley Day, a Mr. Arley Day Ambassador will be named. The AWC committee will interview candidates and the male and female seniors chosen will each receive a $500 scholarship.
“We love when extra events are introduced at Arley Day! It shows how popular the festival has become and we are eager to share the day with everyone. We are taking advantage of our popular Facebook page to post a full schedule of events, since we have so much happening,”
Montie Pafford, Arley Day’s co-chair said.
“Kids ride free” is this year’s motto! Arley Day will featuring rides and games again, including the popular Bungee Trampoline and the water slides.
Thanks to supporters, the club is giving back something fun to the community. So, admission is free, rides are free, and Toddler Town games are free.
"The Kids’ Zone will be wonderful!” said co-chair Johnna Bailey. “We have had the support of so many people in the community, from our churches and schools, to the businesses who said, ‘Keep our 2020 Arley Day donation and roll it into 2021.’ We are thrilled to offer free rides for kids all day!”
In addition to an array of wonderful food vendors, the park will be filled with arts & crafts vendors, artists, and an assortment of interesting booths for shopping. Whether its hand-crafted jewelry, boutique clothing or other unique finds, there is something for everyone. Vendor applications, car show information and the schedule of events can be found on the Arley Day 2021 Facebook page.
The club has consistently met its mission of improving the community and making a positive difference in the lives of area residents. Between fundraising and financial support from members and the community supporters, AWC has given over $80,000 back to the community in 2019-20.
“Our members and supporters have again shown tremendous dedication to the Women’s Club. A new committee has been formed, Major Gifts and Grants, whereby supporters can donate yearly at various levels. In return, they are recognized on social media, in print, with signage, and greatly appreciated by our hard-working volunteers. The Women’s Club now exceeds 150 members! Donors may contact Joni Owens for Gifts and Grants information; she’s done a wonderful job for us!” President Barbara Wills said. Owens can be reached at JoniLOwens1@gmail.com.
During the past “covid” year, The Arley Women’s Club has not slowed. They held a family-friendly Trunk or Treat & Movie in the Park, organized the Arley Christmas Parade, awarded $15,000 in scholarships, provided PPE equipment to our healthcare heroes, provided funds to assist with meals to families and students, funded supplies for the Meek schools’ nurses’ offices, continued the Recycling Program, continued the monthly litter pick-up crew, participated in Arley’s Longest Yard Sale, provided critical supplies for the Arley Volunteer Fire Department, installed new playground equipment (thank you, Arley United Methodist Church and Walker Area Community Foundation)!
They also funded classroom supplies, art supplies and classroom volunteers for the arts program in Winston County. The club maintains ongoing activities with the Senior Center and with local senior residents.
Proceeds from Arley Day and all of the AWC fundraising activities go to local programs year-round. Community support is what the AWC’s mission is all about. The Arley Women’s Club is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. All proceeds remain in the community served.