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Iron Mountain Festival is Saturday



Iron Mountain Festival co-chair Lorra Whitmire (from right) discusses the layout of the festival grounds with Alan and Paula Haskins, who are also members of the committee.
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The Iron Mountain Festival, set for Saturday in downtown Walnut Ridge, has something to offer everyone, according to co-chair Lorra Whitmire.

She said the festival will include favorites from previous years, along with several new activities.

"The committee has been working on this event for months," Whitmire said. "Basically, when we finish one year's event, we begin to look to the next year."

New additions include the Nuttin' But Talent competition, the finalists of which will be featured on stage at the festival; the Walnut Ridge Fire Department duck-calling contest, the first Iron Mountain Arts Exhibit and remote control NASCAR racing.

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, the Show and Shine Car Show and the Allied Tang Soo Do board break.

The Ben Brand stage will also feature live entertainment. 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. A limited number of booths are still available for a $40 charge. 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 full schedule of the day's events can be found on page 9C of this week's edition.

"Countless volunteer hours have been put into the organization of this festival, and I am so grateful for all who have helped," Whitmire said.

"We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the day with us and help us make this the best Iron Mountain Festival yet."

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