Murphy Maize Days Festival to Kick Off 10-Year Celebration
The 10th annual Murphy Maize Days Festival will take place this weekend at Murphy Central Park (550 N. Murphy Road) on Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. – 9:45 p.m. Free parking with shuttle access to the event is available at Tom Kimbrough Stadium, Murphy Middle School and McMillen High School. The City of Murphy is promoting biking to the festival and will provide a bicycle valet. The first 200 people arriving on bicycles will receive commemorative aluminum bottles.
Festivalgoers can expect carnival attractions and roaming entertainment in the Kid Zone that will include a pirate ship, tub of fun spinning buckets and face painting, along with inflatables, yard games and a hay maze. New to the event is a petting zoo featuring 30 animals and pony rides. Kids will also have a blast playing in bounce houses, jumping on a bungee trampoline, flying through the air on a zip line and scooping shelled corn in corn pools. Anyone participating in Punkin’ Chunkin’ by Dunkin’ will be able to slingshot pumpkins into the pond for $5. Proceeds will benefit the Murphy Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Foundation. Many other pumpkin activities will be available including pumpkin painting.
Rusty Taco will have two beer tents and is also sponsoring the VIP tent. The festival’s vendors will be located throughout the park in clusters of ten. City of Murphy Special Events Coordinator, Kayla McFarland said, “We have a variety of market vendors (96 to be exact), and food vendors including new vendors like TC Roasted Corn (14 vendors). All the same great fun people have come to know and love about the festival ramped up for this year’s 10th annual event!”
Mustang Sally Productions Classic Car Show is returning to showcase over 100 cars, trucks and motorcycles which will be located at the north PSA entrance area across from the food truck court from 10 a.m – 2 p.m. Winners will be chosen for best of show car, show truck, show motorcycle, outstanding club participation and more. At 3 p.m., 99.5 The Wolf radio will begin an on-site remote, beneath a tent beside the main stage, where they will talk about the event and give away tickets to attend upcoming shows.
Get ready to have a blast visiting the Touch-a-Truck area where dump trucks, tractors and backhoes, along with other equipment, will be available for kids to sit on and take pictures. The National Guard will have military vehicles as well. In collaboration with North Texas Food Bank, the City of Murphy is asking attendees to donate canned food to help those in need. Their goal is to fill a backhoe bucket with a variety of donated items.
Local artists taking the main stage to perform throughout the morning and afternoon are Hard Country, Todd Barrow, Jazzercise and more. John David Kent is the opener performing in the evening from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., then Jack Ingram is headlining from 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. After an A-Maizing Day filled with fun, make sure to pick a perfect spot on Murphy Central Park’s lawn to enjoy the event’s finale of fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m.
The City of Murphy would like to thank the many generous Maize Days sponsors that include Rusty Taco, PSA, Methodist Hospital Richardson, Murphy Community Development Corporation, Exceptional Emergency Center, Murphy Road Animal Hospital, Sinai Urgent Care, OnCor, Murphy Chamber of Commerce, Verizon, Geneva Financial, Wylie ER and Raising Canes.