Look for tractors rather than cars on display at this year’s Bull Thistle Festival in Fayette, and there will be new entertainment on the stage, as well.
The 34th Royal Bull Thistle Arts Festival is scheduled at Normal Grove Park Aug. 6, preceded by the annual festival parade at 11 a.m. The theme of this year’s festival is “Orange You Proud to be a Bull Thistle.”
Bull thistle connoisseurs should prepare their best specimens for the competition in which height, girth, number of blossoms and fibrous stalk content are judged. The winner will receive the Golden Hoe award, and a prize will also go to the best bull thistle look-alike contestant.
Festival organizers are taking a break from the car show and will focus on tractors this year to celebrate the area’s rural heritage.
The display will be set up across from the northeast corner of the park, near the former preschool building location.
The band Sidewinder will provide musical entertainment this year, with two afternoon performances scheduled. The group performs country, oldies and southern rock tunes.
In between Sidewinder’s shows, Dream Weaver will make a return visit to Fayette after appearing at the festival several years ago. They’ll get children involved in their lively performance.
Other festival events include the S.A.K. three-on-three basketball tournament, softball, a chicken barbecue, inflatables for children, arts and crafts, a church service and a fireworks display at Harrison Lake, courtesy of Phantom Fireworks.