October 25, 2006 Edition

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Iron Mountain Festival is Saturday

Gretchen Hunt

The Iron Mountain Festival will be Saturday in downtown Walnut Ridge. The festival activities will primarily be in the area near Northwest Second and West Walnut streets.

Festivities will begin at 10 a.m., and a variety of activities will be available.

Karen Williams, one of the festival organizers, said the committee is very excited by the amount of participation in this year's festival.

"If you enjoyed last year, you're going to love this year," she said. "It will be bigger than ever."

Lawrence County 4-H will provide horses at the event. Rides will be available for two cans of food, which will be donated to the Lawrence County Food Bank.

A hot dog eating contest, sponsored by Sonic, will be held at 11:30 a.m. In addition the Walnut Ridge Fire Department will be showcasing their new fire safety house, and The Wolf radio station will be doing a live remote.

Entertainment throughout the day will include: Back Roads Band, J.R. Rogers and the All Star Band, Main Street Dance, Studio Dance and a vocal performance by Cheyenne Maronde of Walnut Ridge. In addition, Allied Tang Soo Do will do a board break at 10 a.m. to benefit the Lawrence County Food Bank.

There will also be a train ride and kids games, including a moon walk. A car show is set, along with a poker run that will benefit Area I Special Olympics.

Movie, haunted house begin after dark

At dark, an outdoor showing of the movie "Casper" will be held. Several gifts will be given away during the movie. Individuals can register for the gifts throughout the day at the Chamber of Commerce booth, and they must be present to win.

In addition, Sonic will be selling food during the movie with proceeds going to Court Appointed Special Advocates. Items available will include chili, popcorn, sodas and hot chocolate. Those attending the movie are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for comfort.

Food items for sale will include Mexican, seafood, funnel cakes, cotton candy, cheeseburgers, hamburgers and more.

In addition, a haunted house will be held again after dark. It will be located in the building where Cole Furniture was located. Admission is $2, and proceeds will go to Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Williams said the festival would not be possible without the dedication of the members of the Iron Mountain Festival Committee. Members are: Lorra Whitmire, Tammy Franks, Bill Wilcoxson, Roger Duckworth, Sherry Burnside, Michael Lawhon, Mike Montgomery, Ted Moskal and Kathy Bradley.

"A lot of work has gone into it," Williams said. "I encourage everyone to come out and support the Chamber of Commerce and this group in their efforts to improve the community."

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