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Paint a piece of Lula at the city’s Fall Festival
Lula Fall Festival
Attendees check out vendors during the Lula Fall Festival at Lula Train Depot on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. - photo by Austin Steele

Stored away at the Lula-Belton Historical Society is a set of four-by-eight pieces of art that are waiting to find a home in the North Hall town.

These pieces of wood are murals that have been painted by the community at Lula’s Fall Festival over the past six years and this year, at the seventh-annual event, the community will once again have the chance to paint a new mural.

“There are some of these folks, both children and adults, that stand there for hours working on it,” said Chris Lusink, organizer for the festival. “So, what we’ve done is collected them. They’re on huge wooden boards and they’re housed right now in the historical society. At some point, we're hoping to find some place in the city to hang them all.”

If you’re wanting to take part in painting a future piece of Lula, the Lula Fall Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Lula Train Depot.

Lusink said the murals haven’t been hung yet because they haven't found the perfect place for them. Plus, the city has been busy with renovating the Train Depot, so the conversations of where would be OK to hang them haven’t happened quite yet.

Even though the murals have yet to be displayed across town, it hasn’t stopped Lusink and her husband, Mark, from coming up with a design to paint each year. The first year, it was a painting based on pottery. Last year, it was a locomotive and this year, they’ll have a tractor.

“It gives the children something fun to do,” Chris said. “We have all the paints there and Home Depot usually donates aprons. And then the kids just come up and the adults get all the high spots and the little children get the low ones.”

She said it’s a fun time for everyone and is always a big part of the festival.

“If the children get involved then the parents will stick around,” Chris said. “If they see the children having a good time, the parents will stay and have a good time.”

But the mural isn’t the only thing that will keep the family entertained at this year’s fall festival. Mark said he’s excited for a special display they’ll have.

“There’s going to be a bunch of new stuff that has never been at the festival before,” Mark said. “Phil Echols is bringing in … some antique tractors and farm instruments.”

He said there will be corn milling machines, apple juicers, peanut shellers and corn huskers for people to check out.

Art pieces made by students from Lula Elementary will be for sale with proceeds going back to the art class at the school, too.

There will also be a cornhole tournament, petting zoo, bounce houses, live entertainment and more than 60 vendors.

“This will be the first event at the newly renovated depot,” Mark said. “So that’s kind of exciting, too.”

Food from places like Chew’s Barbecue, AddiCakes Cupcakes, Kona Ice and 4K’s BBQ will be on hand to keep everyone full and refreshed. One of Chris’ favorite food vendors will bring a little something different to the festival.

“Joselyn Millan, thank goodness she comes every year,” Chris said. “She does Filipino sweet barbecue, egg rolls and fried rice. We call her the egg roll lady becaue her egg rolls are out of sight.”

After locals have their hand at keeping everyone entertained with live music, Chris said some professional acts will keep the tunes flowing. The Larry Scroggs band will go on at 4 p.m.

Chris said she thinks the live music is what keeps people coming back to the festival each and every year. The music on top of the vendors and family fun, she said, show off everything Lula has to offer.

“Lula has become more and more upscale with the building renovations that have gone on and the depot just being renovated,” Chris said. “We’re trying to get folks to come in and see what a great place Lula is to live and work and that’s the whole point.”