PULASKI, IL (KFVS) - Pulaski will be hosting the first Annual Pulaski Bonanza on October 26, at the Pulaski County Fairgrounds in Pulaski Ill.
The event, which focuses on pecans, will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 7 p.m.
The purpose is to help fund park equipment and other improvements that were first identified by Meridian Civic students doing a school project for Mr. Bassett's Civics class.
The board listened to their requests and decided to help sponsor a community fundraising project that would help contribute to the cost of improvements.
A group of local citizens then came together and put together an idea of a pecan themed community event.
The community will be utilizing local buildings and skills, including the Old General Store and the local Family Dollar.
The day will be filled with everything pecan including games, contests, bingo, food, cookbooks, and more.
At 9 a.m. the day will begin with a special Pecan Pancake Breakfast with Mr. Rogan's Homemade Pecan Syrup and a side of locally grown sausage.
The area's youth will be showcased in a beauty pageant for ages 3-18 at 10 a.m.
The Pecan Princess will be chosen and featured in the Pecan Parade in downtown Pulaski starting at 12:30 p.m.
The fairgrounds will also feature vendors with their own pecan specialties.
Some old family traditions will be showcased in the Pecan Bake-off. Rex Wilburn has volunteered to smoke Boston butts and with the pecan theme will be using pecan wood. These will be sold for $25 and are limited in number.
A talent fest will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Soul Phonics will begin playing music under the pavilion at 2 p.m. followed by Jr. Lightfoot and the Riprappers.
Pecan recipes are being added to the Pulaski Pecan Bonanza Cookout. Each entry is $1 and the person who submits the most recipes will win a free cookbook. All cookbooks will be available November 15.
A pecan art contest will also be held with awards for best drawing, most creative, and best overall.
Finishing the evening a winner will be chosen from the 50/50 raffle drawing.
The goal of the event is to raise $2,000, with the winner of the raffle receiving $1,000.