Considering how much the Lindale Area Chamber of Commerce’s Countryfest celebration has grown in the past few years, it’s difficult to imagine that just a few years ago, it was bursting at the seams in the E.J. Moss Intermediate School parking lot.
LACC Executive Director Shelbie Glover, who will oversee another Countryfest this year, which gets under way at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14 with the Harvest Hustle 5K run and walk, is amazed at the astonishing growth of one of East Texas’ most popular events.
“I just sit back and look at how far we’ve come and go ‘wow,’ ’’ she said. “You wonder just how we got to this point?’’
Now in its 33rd year and fourth in the downtown location, Countryfest continues to expand, Glover said.
“We’ve sold out all the booths and we had to find space for 10 more new ones this year,’’ she said.
The Crossroads Classic Car Show, which joined Countryfest in 2015, has added to the overall enjoyment of the weekend, Glover said, adding that in 2016, officials estimated 7,500 people were in attendance.
“Last year was just phenomenal. The weather was perfect and we believe it was the largest family-friendly event in Lindale,’’ she said.
This year’s musical acts are all local and thanks to a partnership with The Cannery will perform on the big stage to the north of Picker’s Pavilion.
The Harvest Hustle 5K, added in 2015, returns this year and should draw more entrants than last year’s 250.
Harvest Hustle beneficiaries include the David Powell Community Food Pantry, Lillie Russell Memorial Library, Lindale Volunteer Fire Department and Lindale ISD Education Foundation.
Over at the Pink Pistol, author Jenny Grohl – mother of the lead singer for the Foo Fighters – will sign copies of her book “From Cradle to Stage: Stories of Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars,’’ which details her interviews with mothers who raised sons and daughters who became rock stars.
Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation will have approximately 60 dogs who were had been in shelters in Houston during Hurricane Harvey but were moved so those shelters could house dogs who were pets of storm victims.
CROSSROADS CAR SHOW
The Crossroads Classic Car Show, which drew more than 150 entries in 2016, returns this year and as always, will take place on the grounds to the east and north of Picker’s Pavilion.
This popular event began in 2003 at Pool Park but moved first to the Lindale First Baptist Church parking lot before joining Countryfest in 2015.
The show benefits the Lillie Russell Memorial Library and will feature vintage cars, street rods, Rat Rods, vintage Corvettes and Mustangs, modern classics and more.
HARVEST HUSTLE 5K
Scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. the Harvest Hustle 5K is sponsored by Longhorn Ford/Lonestar Dodge.
The race begins on Industrial Street, adjacent to Picker’s Pavilion.
Runners will continue through a residential area east on North Street, then turn north onto the challenging rural rolling hills of Iron Mountain Road.
At the half-way point, runners will enter the scenic Trail Creek Farm and will travel into the farm, around the barn, out the gate and back onto Iron Mountain Road.
The back stretch for runners will again be the rolling hills of Iron Mountain Road, to the west turn onto North Street for the half mile dash to the finish.
The Hideaway Kiwanis Club will host its annual silent auction from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., followed by a live auction from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m.
Past auction items have included: restaurant gift cards, merchant gift cards, jewelry, autographed memorabilia, and trips.
Children can enjoy a variety of activities including the Texas Bank and Trust climbing wall, Lindale Police Department’s Kid’s ID Booth, and lots of carnival games provided by the First United Methodist Church.