Coleman businesses work to revive Prickly Pear Festival

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One of the biggest events in Coleman have been cancelled, just one week before it was scheduled.

The Prickly Pear Festival is no longer, at least for this year. In order to revive it, the community is working together.

The festival has been going on for two years. This would have been it third year.

“It started out featuring things made of prickly pear and it just went to wine and food pairings,” owner of Odd and Company, Charlotte Purl said.

People can also expect anything from winery to pizzeria, along the blocks of Downtown Coleman.

After organizers sent a mass email about the cancellation, Coleman residents decided to act fast.

Basically, it’s just a grassroots effort to salvage the situation, you know,” Wesley Myler said.

He and his wife, Susanna Myler, are co-managing partners at the Bonneville retro store, in Downtown Coleman. Bonneville is mid-century, modern furniture and accessory shop. It holds decorations of the things with a 40s to a 70s feel to it.

“All of the retail business was banking on the Prickly Pear Festival. When that cancelled, all of the businesses came together and said what can we do on short term? To get everyone that was planning on coming, to still come?” Susanne Myler said.

The Prickly Pear Festival brings in people from all over Texas to experience the cultural marvel.

“We as business owners are banding together to go forward with ‘Come to Coleman Day’,” Wesley Myler said. “We’re going to have sweets, we’re going to have pumpkin spice balls. We’ll have prickly pear balls, we’ve got all kinds of different chocolate confections and fudges. We’ll also have wine and coffee and water.”

The festivities will also include music on the lawn, along with discounts at all the shopping spots, to show people that Coleman is thriving.

“‘Coleman is Still Happening’ is what we’re calling it,” Charlotte Purl said.

She owns Odd and Company. Purl is excited for the revival!

“All the merchants are having different giveaways and drawings and games and drinks and they can walk around and shop,” Purl said.

She is quite proud of  how the downtown businesses got together in such a short time.

“People were able to throw it together pretty quickly when everybody got on board,” Purl said.

She is just hoping the folks outside of Coleman are still able to stop by and see the town’s progress.

You will also see a familiar face out there! KRBC’s Chief Meteorologist, Randy Turner, will be in attendance, helping with  music!

“We have a beautiful little town. We have all worked really hard to try and bring back our little community because it’s such a great community. We’re few but we’re mighty,” Purl said.

“Coleman is the field of dreams. Okay, people have built it, and all we need is for people to come,” Wesley Myler said.

Coleman is Still Happening‘ will begin with a 5K fun-run on Saturday at 9 a.m. There is still time to sign up. The deadline is Friday, Oct. 20 at 11:59 p.m. Click here to sign-up.

Stores will open at 10 a.m. Music will also be there all night.

A list of the shops participating can be found here.

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