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Planning underway for
Cindi Blackburn (left) and Kathy Bradley discuss plans for the Nuttin' but Talent Show, which will be held in October in conjunction with Walnut Ridge's Iron Mountain Festival.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt
The Iron Mountain Festival committee has been working for several months on plans for this year's event, and co-chair Lorra Whitmire said the festival will include new highlights, as well as favorites from previous years.
"We are excited to see all our plans beginning to come together," Whitmire said. "Last year's festival was a huge success, but we believe this year's festival will be even bigger and better."
A major addition to this year's festivities will be the Nuttin' but Talent Show, which will be held on Oct. 18, the week prior to the Oct. 25 festival. A local version of "America's Got Talent," those entering can display a variety of talents.
The event is being coordinated by the Walnut Ridge Wal-Mart associates, and all proceeds from the event will go to the Children's Miracle Network. For more information on this event contact Cindi Blackburn at 886-6605 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Entry fee for contestants is $20, with the winner receiving a prize package. Registration forms are available at the customer service desk at Wal-Mart. The community is invited to attend the talent show, which will be held at the Gateway Theatre on Main Street in Walnut Ridge. Admission is $2.
There are 30 spots available on a first-come basis for the Oct. 18 show, with the top three performing at the Iron Mountain Festival at noon, where the winner will be named.
In addition, the Walnut Ridge Fire Department will be sponsoring a duck-calling contest on the day of the festival. Those interested in this event can contact WRFD Chief Alan Haskins.
Local art will be featured during the first annual Arts and Crafts show that will include works by Walnut Ridge and Hoxie high school students, as well as the Northeast Arkansas Quilt Guild and the Lawrence County China Painters. The event will be held in the Lawrence County Community Room on the day of the festival.
Another new feature for this year's festival will be remote control NASCAR racing, where individuals will be able race to their favorite driver's car on a smaller scale.
Returning events include a hot dog eating contest sponsored by Sonic, the dog costume contest sponsored by Gateway Animal Clinic, the Miss Iron Mountain contest sponsored by Lawrence County 4-H and the Show and Shine Car Show.
The festival will begin at 9 a.m. with a board break benefiting the Lawrence County Food Bank presented by Allied Tang Soo Do at the Ben Brand entertainment stage.
Whitmire said Brand, who has helped organize the talent and run the stage area for the festival in past years, was critically injured in an Aug. 7 car accident, and the committee has voted to name the stage at this year's event in his honor.
"Ben has been instrumental in the organization of the entertainment through the years," she said. "We are hoping he will at least be able to make an appearance during the festival, but for the first time in several years he might not be able to perform. We want him to know what an important part of the festival he is."
The Ben Brand stage will also feature live entertainment by local bands, dance groups and vocalists. The stage and sound equipment is being donated by State Rep. J.R. Rogers, who will also perform during the event.
Other favorites that will be returning this year are the rock wall sponsored by the National Guard, the Arkansas Game and Fish aquarium and the Little Rock Zoo animals.
Activities for the kids will include train rides, First National "Fun Land," a moonwalk and an inflatable slide.
There will also be a variety of craft, food, informational and activity booths.
Registration for booths is underway. There is a $40 charge with an extra $15 charge for electricity. Groups wishing to set up an information-only booth are not charged.
The day will conclude with an outdoor family movie at dusk sponsored by the WRFD. Concessions will be available, and door prizes will be given away.
A registration event has been scheduled for Sept. 10 from 4-6 p.m. at the Chamber office for any individuals, businesses, organizations, church groups or school groups who would like to participate in the festival.
Members of the festival committee will be on hand to help with brainstorming for fund-raising ideas.
Those who cannot attend during the event can sign up for a booth or volunteer to help the weekend of the festival by calling Kathy Bradley at the Chamber office at 886-3232.
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