PulaskiFest 2013 is being held Saturday, Sept. 28, in Jackson Park in historic downtown Pulaski from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PulaskiFest goes back many years. The first grand celebration was the county’s centennial in 1939. There was a parade in downtown Pulaski complete with floats, bands, lovely ladies in evening gowns and an outdoor drama held at the recently built “Pulaski Athletic Park,” now known as “Calfee Park.”
June 11, 1994 marked the beginning of Pulaski’s modern festivals. “Depot Days” was born in celebration of the renovated Pulaski Railway Station, originally built in 1888, now on the National Historical Register. Thousands of visitors came to Pulaski that day. Since that time, heritage and transportation festivals and garden festivals have given way to PulaskiFest, a time to celebrate Pulaski and invite visitors from all around to come visit.
This year’s featured entertainment will be bluegrass music by Jeff Brown and the Still Lonesome Band, beach music by the Breeze Brothers, as well as performances by Pulaski Dance Productions and Leigh Beamer. There are also lots of fun activities for children featuring Steve Gryb and his kids’ percussion show. The festival is held rain or shine.
Events scheduled throughout the day are as follows: Pulaski Dance Productions, 10 a.m.; Leigh Beamer, 11 a.m.; Breeze Brothers, 12 p.m.; Steve Gryb, 1 p.m.; Jeff Brown and the Still Lonesome Band, 2 p.m.; Steve Gryb, 3 p.m., and Jeff Brown and the Still Lonesome Band, 4 p.m.
There will also be children’s activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with such fun as an inflatable moon bounce and giant slide.
Admission to PulaskiFest is free. Tickets are required for certain children’s activities and can be purchased for a nominal fee.