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Spring Fest coming April 11 to Meeman-Shelby Forest Park

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Shelby Forest Spring Fest logo 3-19The Shelby Forest Spring Fest logo says it all: Food, Games, Music and Fun.
The event created by Ben Wolfe four years ago has grown each year with those four cornerstones. But behind all the food, games, music and fun Wolfe wants to build awareness about the venue that hosts the annual Spring Fest.
“We don’t charge but we do ask for donations,” Wolfe said. “It’s about wildlife conservation and the beautification of the park. This wonderful park is open to the public. Someone can come up to the old ball field and lay down a blanket for a picnic. So we want people to know the money goes to the upkeep of the park.”
This year’s festival is on April 11 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
“We will be having arts and crafts, great music from local artists, awesome food, horseshoe tournament, kids games and rides,” Wolfe noted. “We are planning to have a crawfish eating contest and our first barbecue competition.”
Back in 2012 the first Shelby Forest Spring Fest was held after the portion of the park was given back to the state from the county. There was 14 vendors and more than 300 visitors to the first Spring Fest.
Last year, the Spring Fest had 29 vendors and more than 1,500 people attend at the old baseball field at UA Moore Ballpark.
Wolfe has been working along with Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park Manager James Wilkinson on organizing this year’s Spring Fest and planning future events to raise awareness for the park.
Wolfe, owner of In The Round Entertainment, said he wants to create an event that would include either St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Other plans are Music by the Lake or a haunted trail during Halloween season.  But for now the Fourth Annual Shelby Forest Spring Fest is scheduled for April 11 with carnival rides, a dunk tank and a special performance from the E.E. Jeter Band and Choir.
“We invite everyone out from all the schools,” Wolfe said. “We want to get everybody involved so please contact me.”
Wolfe said the more community involvement means more awareness for the park.
“It’s about growing the passion for the park,” he said. “We have the second largest state park in the state of Tennessee here, more than 13,000 acres.
“We’ll have a wildlife exhibition and education about the park,” Wolfe concluded. “We did a segment on Tennessee Wildside showcasing all that park has to offer. There’s so much to be excited about here.”
To see the feature on Meeman-Shelby Forest, go to www.youtube.com (Tennessee Wildside). And for more information about the Spring Fest, contact Wolfe at 591-5840 or BwolfeTRA@gmail.com

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