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10th annual Foothills
Siblings Mallory (left), two, and Jeffery, five, fish for sharks at a carnival game, was set up near the ball field. Prizes for the game included inflatable items such as hammers and baseball bats. The siblings' brother, Britten, four, also played the game. They are the children of Britt and Mary Whitlow of Black Rock.
The usually quiet streets of downtown Black Rock came to life this past weekend as local residents and out-of-town tourists enjoyed the ninth annual Foothills Celebration.
The theme for this year's celebration was "The Business of Black Rock."
The festival began with a fund-raising ham and bean supper on Friday night from 4-8 at the community center, followed by gospel singing at the downtown stage at 6 p.m. and amateur lawnmower and go- kart races at the old ball park at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, roughly 100 people attended the 30th annual Black Rock Lion's Club breakfast.
The event was held in the school's cafeteria and all proceeds benefited the organization.
The crowning of the 2012 Mr. and Mrs. Foothills marked the beginning of the event. The 2011 Mr. and Mrs. Foothills, Clyde and Ruth Ann Smith of Black Rock, each presented a crown, sash and plaque to the 2012 Mr. and Mrs. Foothills, Jim and Dorothy Davis of Black Rock.
A second generation to the crown, Dorothy's parents, the late Floyd and Edna Young, were the first to be crowned in 2003 when the event began.
The newly chosen couple arrived at the stage riding in a horse-drawn carriage. Boy Scout Troop #65 members Ridge Hutley and Brandon Sloan carried the American and Arkansas flags in front of the carriage.
Booths lined the streets featuring various crafts, including hand-made necklaces by Carlene Propst and Regina Hayes, both of Black Rock.
"After retirement we needed something to do, so we started making necklaces and we love it," said Propst.
Vada Adams of Black Rock also sold hand-beaded jewelry, which she does as a hobby and business.
Her business is called "Cicatricies Ameliorate," which means the healing of scars.
"Making my jewelry makes me feel a lot better," Adams said.
In addition to craft vendors, the festival featured several contests including a dog costume contest, an 1884 period dress contest, hula-hoop contest and a jump rope contest. A horseshoe tournament was also held at the old ball field and door prizes were given away several times throughout the day.
A quilt show and sale was also held in the community center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local art from Black Rock School students was featured at the event.
A carnival was held at the event from 1-4 p.m. Armbands were $10 per person, and included carnival rides and games.
"The paint ball and laser tag was awesome!" said seven-year-old Eli Murphy, who attended the festival with his grandparents, Michael and Kendra Sloan of Lynn.
Throughout the day, entertainment was presented at the downtown stage, including dances and musical performances from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Performers included: Dance Tyme Studio, Murphy Bluegrass Boys, Marilyn's Clogging, The Shaws, J.R. Rogers and The All Stars, The Pearsons and Bottom of the Barrel Boys.
Free hayrides were also provided by Heritage Ag, either for fun or to give a lift to a person's vehicle.
In addition, the annual Show and Shine Antique Car Show was held and featured more vehicles than ever before.
Overall, Saturday was a fun-filled day. Several members of the Jonesboro Harley Owners Group attended the event and enjoyed every moment.
"This was our first time to hear about the celebration so we thought it would be a fun trip and we are having a blast," said Harley owner Susie McKeel of Brookland.
In conjunction with the Foothills Celebration, a Mr. and Miss Foothills Pageant was held at 4:30 p.m. at the community center.
Sandy Bonner of Walnut Ridge, a Black Rock native, coordinated the pageant.
Winners for zero-to-11 months included: Amaiya Moore, daughter of Tim and Debbie Moore of Black Rock, queen; Melea Morse, daughter of Adam and Leah Morse of Hoxie, first runner-up; and Emma Grace Marie Olson, daughter of Jon and Stephanie Olson of Black Rock, second runner-up.
In the two-to-four-year-olds category, Jorney Parker, daughter of Rebecca Beasley of Powhatan was named queen. Kailei Moore, daughter of Tim and Debbie Moore of Black Rock was first runner up.
The overall queen for zero-to-four-year-olds was Jordyn Long, daughter Bryson and Monica Long of Walnut Ridge.
Landry McCluskey was named queen for the five-to-seven-year-old category. She is the daughter of Chris and Amy McCluskey of Pocahontas.
In the eight-to-11-year-old category, Kaylie Littlejohn was named queen. She is the daughter of Carla Dobbs of Black Rock. Lillian Foley, daughter of Shane and Megan Foley of Black Rock and Crystal Bonner of Hoxie, was first runner-up.
The overall queen for five to 11 year olds was Ellie Britt, daughter of Larry and April Britt of Powhatan.
In the 12 to 14 category, Cayla Ervin was named queen. She is the daughter of Clint and Candy Ervin of Black Rock. Ashley Nash, daughter of Michael Gray of Black Rock and Rhonda Doolin of Portia, was named first runner-up.
The overall winner for the 12-to-18 division was Jessica Mendoza, daughter of Celeste Travis and David Jones, both of Walnut Ridge.
On Sunday a community song service was held, followed by a fund-raising buffet lunch at the Black Rock Volunteer Fire Department.
The final event of the weekend was a skeet-shoot competition at 2:30 p.m. held at the old ball field.
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