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The Royse City Chamber of Commerce recently revealed the charitable causes who will be the recipients of funds raised during Microfest on Oct. 18 – Our Daily Bread Food Pantry and the Royse City Animal Shelter. Pictured are Pastor Tim Marks, Our Daily Bread Food Pantry; Omar Nerio, Royse City Animal Control Officer; Julia Bryant, Royse City Chamber of Commerce; and Daynor Stinson, Royse City Microfest Event Manager.

Planners of FunFest 25 are going “all out” to ensure the 25th milestone event will be “over the top and packed with things to do for all ages.”

That’s the description provided in a news release that gives an early glimpse of what’s planned for the Oct. 18 event that will be sponsored by Verandah/Centurion American and the Royse City Chamber of Commerce.

Planned activities include a Jailbreak Run, a Tap Into Royse City craft beer event, Old West Gunfight shows, children’s pageant, doggie contest, pie-eating contest, truck pull, cow patty bingo, live music, blood drive, mammography mobile unit, Military Heritage Museum military vehicle rides, archery and blow darts, as well as a huge KidsZone area.

The Jailbreak Run will get the event off to a running start Saturday morning. The 5K run was started last year with about 70 runners and called the RunFest 5K. The name is being changed for the second annual event because all proceeds from the run will go toward restoring the city’s historic jail, located in the 200 block of East Main Street in downtown Royse City.

Microfest 2014 will allow participants to ‘Tap Into’ Royse City. This inaugural craft beer event is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. under the water tower at Old Jail Park in downtown Royse City.

Participants will find their favorite local beer, as well as cider and a bit of wine. Representatives of 20 beer brands will provide 60 styles to choose from. Local bands will perform during the event, which will be staged under a large tent.

A $20 ticket will allow participants to get eight samples. An additional eight samples can be purchased for $5. Tickets will be sold at the event and there will be a limit of 1,000.

Microfest 2014 proceeds will go to two local charities – the Royse City Animal Shelter and Our Daily Bread Food Pantry.

The Old West Gunfight show will be sponsored by Native Outdoors, the children’s pageant will be sponsored by Stonebrook Academy, the doggie contest will be sponsored by Brushy Creek Retrievers, and the archery and blow darts will be sponsored by Slingshots USA.

The KidsZone area will feature zip lines, rock walls, rides and inflatables, a petting zoo, pony rides and a craft area sponsored by Country Life Montessori School.

Julia Bryant, executive director of the Royse City Chamber of Commerce, said more sponsorships are available. For information, contact Bryant at 972-636-5000 or send email to info@roysecitychamber.com.

Anyone with questions about Microfest should contact Daynor Stinson at 972-632-9723.

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