Tuesday, October 13, 2015

TOP STORY >> Beebe Fall Fest on Saturday at city’s ballpark

Leader staff writer

The 19th annual Beebe Fall Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Beebe Ballpark. New this year are a chili cookoff and a duck- calling contest. Admission and parking is free.

“We are working with several duck-call manufacturers. It has created a lot of buzz,” Beebe Chamber of Commerce director Kristen Boswell said.

The duck-calling contest is at 3 p.m. People can register at noon Saturday. The cost is $25 to enter. Participants can win cash, prizes and trophies.

“The chili cookoff gives a hometown-festival feel,” Boswell continued. It is a fundraiser for the Beebe American Legion Post 91. The cost is $20 to enter. Friday is the deadline to enter. Chili will be judged in three categories; most popular, judges’ choice and best-decorated table.

Festival-goers can sample the chili for $1 a bowl and vote on their favorite.

The Miss Beebe Fall Fest Pageant begins at 9 a.m. on the main stage. The cost to enter starts at $60. The pageant has eight categories. The deadline to enter is Saturday morning.

“We look forward to Fall Fest. It is a great way to bring the community together for a day of family fun and for businesses to promote their products and services to a large crowd,” Boswell said.

Musical entertainment will be by the rockabilly band Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers at 1 p.m. Luke Williams will perform rock, blues and country at 5:30 p.m., and country band Confederate Railroad headlines the evening at 6:30 p.m.

Fall Fest will have more than 70 business vendors and eight food vendors. It will have Impact Martial Arts demonstrations, a rappelling demonstration by the fire department, a dog adoption event, an antique car show, a kids zone with inflatables and face painting and the Game and Fish aquarium.