Plans for 51st Arley Day underway

ARLEY - The Arley Women's Club met Wednesday, January 23, to continue making plans for the 51st annual Arley Day Festival, Parade and Car Show, set for Saturday, May 18.

The festival will be held again at Hamner Park on Helicon Road, beginning at 8 a.m. and concluding at 2 p.m.

"For over 50 years, the AWC has sponsored Arley Day on the third Saturday in May.  The event has grown over the years, and we are looking forward to the 2024 Festival being the best one yet!"  AWC President Laurie McGriff said.

The day will kick off early at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, which will be held across the street from Hamner Park at the Arley Fire Department.  All donations made at the breakfast will go toward the Arley Fire Department.

The annual parade will begin at 8 a.m.  Line-up will be at Dollar General on County Road 41 South.  Parade entries are encouraged, with decorated cars, floats, entries from churches, businesses, non-profit organizations, golf carts, horses, motorcycles and more.  The owners of cars and trucks that will be entered into the Arley Day Car Show are also encouraged to bring their vehicles a little early and place them in the parade.  The parade will travel north on County Road 41 and turn onto Helicon Road, concluding at Meek Baptist Church.

The activities at Hamner Park will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the car show and food and craft vendors.  The car show will feature prizes, a giveaway every half hour and awards for People's Choice and the Best in Show, according to organization Paula Fullington.  The cost to register for the car show is $25, with an early bird discount available to those who register prior to April 19.  To register, click here.

AWC board members are expecting a record number of vendors for the 51st Arley Day Festival.  Registration has already begun, and vendors are encouraged to visit the Arley Women's Club website  to reserve their space.  Booth sizes are 10x10 for non-food vendors and 10x14 for food vendors.  There is a discount for applications received before April 19.  All  vendor applications must be received no later than May 10.

Other popular attractions during Arley Day are the carnival rides, horse rides, water slides and the very popular Toddler Town area, which has age-appropriate games (with prizes), crafts and a petting zoo. 

The Arley Women's Club is happy to announce that entry to the festival, along with all kids' activities will be free once again this year.  Donors and area businesses contribute to the festival, which helps keep the events free for kids.  AWC supporters of $500 or more will receive one free booth, and their names will be included on publicity items related to Arley Day. 

The Arley Women's Club will continue to announce plans for Arley Day as the date for the event draws nearer.  Everyone is encouraged to make plans now to come to Arley Day May 18.

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