Flowers and fun for all ages at Daylily Festival in Gray

June 6, 2014 


People stroll among vendors’ stands at last year’s Daylily Festival in Gray.


Music, art, a kid’s parade and flowers highlight a two-day festival to benefit downtown Gray.

The Daylily Festival returns for the 11th year with a wide range of activities. Events will kick off Friday night with a 5K run at 7 p.m. and music from the sunDollars and WDEN radio personality Laura Starling.

“Friday night everybody just comes and listens to music and eats,” said Haley Watson, executive director of Main Street Gray, which organizes the festival. “Saturday is when we have a lot more things going on.”

The Saturday activities start at 9 a.m. and one of the early events will be the Lily Waltz, a 10 a.m. children’s parade in which kids are encouraged to participate.

“After the Lily Waltz, they will have storytime and they’ll be decorating cookies and having lemonade,” Watson said.

Other Saturday events include a flower show in the Gray Elementary gymnasium and a car show sponsored by the Jones County Cruisers. Registration for the car show will be open from 9 a.m.-noon with judging from noon-3 p.m.

There will be a horseshoe tournament at 10:30 a.m. and a cornhole tournament at 2 p.m. There is a $5 fee to participate in the horseshoes and $15 for cornhole teams.

“We have a children’s area, which will have bouncy houses, the hamster balls on water, paddle balls ... and stunt jumps,” Watson said. “Then, we have lots of food vendors, lots of arts and crafts vendors. Our Jones County Fire Department will be at the festival and they’ll do a show and ... let kids look at the fire truck and get on the fire truck.”

The arts and crafts vendors will include everything from homemade soaps and lotions to purses, children’s clothing and furniture.

“We have lots of flower vendors as well,” Watson said. “We have a wide array of everything.”

The food vendors will run the gamut from the usual fair food of hot dogs and hamburgers to pork chop plates with vegetables.

“We have somebody who has fried alligator,” Watson said. “We have fried oreos, fried bananas, lots of fried things.”

The Daylily Festival is a fundraising event for Main Street Gray.

“We are actually able to help some of our local business with anything from getting signs for their businesses to updating their signs ... all kinds of things for our local businesses,” Watson said. “It also helps us with other things going on in our city like preservation. If there is a business we feel like needs to be revitalized ... this helps us do that.”

Daylily Festival

When: 6-9 p.m. June 6 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 7

Where: Pecan orchard at Gray Elementary, 273 Railroad St., Gray

Cost: $1 for ages 16 and older


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