Edwards Summer Fling Full Of Sizzle

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
Food, drink, craft vendors, raffles, auctions, freebies and a dunking machine manned by Sheriff Eric Knox were the highlights of a Summer Fling festival held in Edwards on Saturday, August 17.  Benton County Sheriff Deputies Ehlers and Martin arrived on site about 10:30 AM with K-9 Billy who responded to commands given by Deputy Ehlers, and visited with well wishers who wanted to pet him. It was the first time for the event that was held in place of the traditional Edwards Fall Festival that usually is usually scheduled in September. It was hosted by the Edwards Area Community Corporation (EACC) and the Deer Creek Fire Protection District.
“We decided to change the former fall festival to late summer, because there was a lot of competing entertainment going on in September,” said EACC Secretary Terri Proctor. “The proceeds from the festival will go towards paying for a new roof on the Edwards Community Center.”
Early morning rain delayed some visitors to the Summer Fling, but as the sun broke through the clouds, shopping, eating, socializing and other fun started to take place. 
A variety of vendors set up on the grounds of, and inside the community center. De Dority had a booth that featured scroll sawing crafts such as crosses, fish and other wildlife that were affixed with wall-hanging devices. She was especially proud of her Cowgirl Cross. Dority said she had tried many types crafts and included some of her crocheted items in her booth as well as garage sale type items.
Leeann Anderson had a tent full of Paparrazzi accessories that included bracelets, necklaces and earrings for adults and children. Her booth included some accessories that were as low as $1 and $5 each.
Donna Burch displayed seasonal wreaths and Christmas dinner ware. Shawnie DeFosse offered home fragrances designed by Pink Zebra, and accompanying warmers and candles. She had a lot of free samples of scents.
Tupperware, with the traditional life-time warranty, was available at a booth set up by Emma Campbell, who reminded visitors that the product was celebrating its 72nd year in business. Two new items being displayed were plastic straws in two sizes, in a carrying case with a cleaning brush; and a cold brew coffee pot. 
Robin Harris’s Avon booth held samples of many of the company’s products including lipsticks and perfumes. Visitors were also treated to a chance to win a box of Avon eye lift cream, sunscreen and perfume in a drawing. 
In Firehouse #4 a food and drink service was set up, plus a table for raffles and free items for children such as Frisbees, pencil sharpeners and rulers. There were three long tables of silent auction items such as gift cards, figurines, life jackets, beauty products, a toaster oven and a lot of theme gifts in baskets. Homemade pies, cookies and brownies filled a long shelf at the back of the firehouse also prepared for auction. During the pie auction, held at 1 PM, one pie sold for $65 and others for $50 and $20.
John Spry is president of the EACC. Meetings are held in the community center on the 2nd Thursday of each month beginning with a meet and greet at 6 PM. The organization offers college scholarships every spring to graduating seniors from the 65326 Edwards zip code. The center was built in the 1940s as a Methodist Church and is currently rented out for church services on Wednesdays and Sundays.