Houston Spring & Fall Flywheel Festivals &
Mississippi Valley Flywheel Association Meetings
Fun for all ages, free admission, family-oriented entertainment!
The Houston Spring and Fall Flywheel Festivals & Mississippi Valley Flywheel Association meetings are held the last full weekend of April and the last full week-end of September each year. Over 5,000 persons attend this two-day in the spring; these are family oriented events held at the Joe Brigance Park, 635 Starkville Road in Houston, Mississippi.
On Friday and Saturday of each festival, antique tractors and engines are on display in the park as well as arts and crafts are displayed and sold. A fabulous food court and live entertainment take center stage and welcome young and old alike. Take advantage of the Catfish Supper held at the Spring Festival on Friday night from 4 to 7 sponsored by the Houston Touchdown Club. Take advantage of the Pancake Breakfast early on Saturday morning to eat pancakes at the Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Houston Civitan Club in the Houston Civic Center. Runners, joggers, and walkers take their mark for the Pink Ribbon 5 K Run at 8 sponsored by Team Hope.
Opening Ceremonies of the Mississippi Valley Flywheel Association begin promptly at 9 with the Salute to the Flag and Star Spangled Banner. President Jimmy Sanderson and Vice-President Greg Flint of the Mississippi Valley Flywheel Association with Bobby Dodd, Treasurer will conduct the business of the association.
The Parade of Power with antique tractors will leave from the park at 9:30 to encircle downtown Houston.
Demonstrations and events in the park include steam and diesel engines, demonstrations of hominy, grist mill, lard, lye soap and ice cream powered by flywheels, and an antique tractor pull and steel wheel tractor pull. Don’t miss the anvil shot at 11 am on Friday and 1 pm on Saturday!
The GOLD sponsor of the Festival is Chickasaw Equipment Company, located at 132 CR 31 in Houston, MS.-telephone number 662.456.3391. Other sponsors include the following: Chickasaw Development Foundation, Chickasaw Farm Services, City of Houston, Grocers Pride, Mississippi Valley Flywheel, WCPC, WFCA, and WTVA.
Out of town visitors and guests are invited to make reservations at one of the following local accommodations: Western Inn & Suites, telephone number 662-456-4222, Holiday Terrace Motel, telephone number 662-456-2522, Bridges-Hall Bed and Breakfast, telephone number 662-456-4071, Davis Lake Park area, telephone number 1-800-280-2267, or Blanton-Ball House, telephone number 662-567-2669.
The website for the Mississippi Valley Flywheel Association is www.msflywheelers.com.
2012 Flywheel Festival
4th of July Celebration on Pinson Square
Celebrate Freedom – Honor Veterans
The Houston Homecoming began back in 1988 and has grown into a community event that draws people of all ages and walks of life to join in the spirit of fun and honor the nation’s birth while celebrating freedom and honoring all veterans!
Houston’s veterans are urged to climb aboard the Veteran’s Express and allow the community to honor them for a job well done. The annual Independence Day celebration and parade starts at the Houston Lower Elementary School with veterans seated in a special wagon that is pulled to Pinson Square. “This community has a strong history of recognizing and appreciating those who have served in the military,” said Rex Sanderson of American Legion Post No. 95. “We feel it is important to remember those who served and especially remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Children are encouraged to dress up their bikes, trikes, wagons, or other mode of transportation in red, white, and blue and participate in the annual parade, as well.
Gospel music is always a mainstay for Homecoming and local and area groups are enjoyed each year and have included the following: NASH STREET Band, Kay Bain, Rubber Soul, Swing Shift, Evening Show Bank, Paige Horn, Molly May, Kim Poteet, Misty Rea, Bobby Hood, Mitchell Johnson, Danny Watkins, Jones Brothers, Shining Stars of Bruce, Morgan and Morgan, Hearts in Service, Front Porch Rockers, to name only a few.
Music draws many adult visitors during the Homecoming while children’s games and activities bring a whole different dynamic to downtown Houston. Every year inflatable slides, jumpers and a rock wall are featured for children’s enjoyment and at no charge.
Local vendors are invited to set up food and drink tents, also at no charge.
An amazing Fireworks Sparkle in the evening sky over the celebration occurs shortly after 9 pm which can be viewed for miles around!
Offering a little something for everyone, Houston Homecoming is one event that is not to be missed. Come join the fun!