Saturday Fall Bash benefitting Pine Basketball Assoc.

Published 8:34 am Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Fall Bash to benefit the Pine Basketball Association is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Cassidy Park.

The event is to raise funds to replace the gym floor, which was ruined by a water leak two years ago.

Pine Basketball Association Board member Nikki Crain said the group has raised $25,000 and needs another $16,000 to $18,000 to reach its goal.

The association had 320 participants ranging in age from 4 to 18 play last year. The league divided playing its games between the old Thomas gymnasium and Pine High School gym.

For businesses donating funds to replace the floor, Crain said a Wall of Honor will be displayed in the gym.

Saturday’s activities kick off with a 5K race/run, which begins at 7:30 a.m. A classic car show is slated for 9 a.m., while the race/run winners are to be announced at 10 a.m.

At 10:15 a.m., a Fall Fashion natural pageant is scheduled. All contestants receive a crown. At 11 a.m. is judging of the chili cook off. Chili cook off winners will be announced at 11:30 a.m.

Afternoon activities include a hot dog eating contest at noon. Winners of the hot dog eating contest, pageant winners and car show will be announced shortly thereafter.

Admission to the event is $5. Children receive free admission.

Live music is also on the agenda. Gospel group Mark Barber and Andy Nobles perform from noon to 1 p.m. Country music takes over the stage when Allen Freeman plays from 1 p.m. to 1:30. The Eli Seals Band plays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Joel Galloway takes the stage from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Children’s activities include a petting zoo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., pony rides, face painting, magic tricks by Pine junior Austin Seals and an obstacle course.

Food and craft vendors will be on site.

“We’re asking for support from the community,” Crain said. “This is all for a good cause. The Pine Basketball Association is a nice little organization where kids can play ball.”

For more information about vendor spots or donations for the Fall Bash, contact Crain at 985-335-6365 or Sherri Phelps at 985-515-3707. Volunteers are welcome.