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Spinach Fest coming to Alma

A slew of activities for both children and adults can be found at Alma’s 2014 Spinach Festival Saturday, April 19.

One of the new attractions coming to the festival this year is Icon Amusements, said Lisa Norris, Alma Area Chamber of Commerce director and festival organizer.

Icon will have a custom-made bouncy obstacle course the length of a football field, a four-station power bungee jump and rolling “bubble” inflatables. The amusements will open April 18 from 5-9 p.m., and the day of the festival from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

At least five local bands and singers will perform at the festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., including Destiny Goss, Caving In, Bill Van and the Banjo Man, Ashley Rogers and New Creation Gospel Band.

Alma’s Masonic Lodge will have its yearly pancake breakfast from 7-10:30 a.m. to start things off.

A spinach eating contest will be held at noon. The contest has a youth division for up to 18 years of age and an adult division.

Participants must arrive at the entertainment stage at about 11:45 on festival day. There is no need to sign up before the contest, and the one who eats the most spinach wins.

Alma Rotary Club’s Spinach Drop will follow the eating contest. Proceeds go to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Alma.

Members of the club will be selling tickets prior to the Spinach Festival and at their booth during the festival. The ticket stub is retained by the purchaser, the ticket is placed randomly on a grid.

A representative from Rotary will drop Spinach from the top of a fire engine ladder. Whoever owns the ticket matching the square of the grid where the spinach lands wins a share of the ticket sales.

Other attractions include a mechanical bull, Daisy BB gun range, climbing wall, carnival games, petting zoo, inflatables, pony rides, a book sale at the Alma Public Library, a quilt show with raffle and an antique tractor show.

“The chamber puts on the festival every year, and will be available with an information booth and the T-shirts with this year’s official logo,” Norris said.

A number of food and craft vendors will be there, as well a few other activities, Norris said.

“One of the best events, I think, is our Build-A-Pal workshop,” Norris said. “It was here last year and very popular.”

Build-A-Pal is mobile and similar to Build-A-Bear. Simon Dentistry of Alma is sponsoring the event and the first 35 children will get a free stuffed animal.

Also during the festival, Alma Partners Club will hold its annual 5K Dog Jog to raise money for Alma Special Olympians. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8 a.m.

For more information contact Norris at (479) 632-4127.

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