Fallin ‘Blackbird Festival returns next Saturday; brings corn hole with it | New

The corn hole turned out to be a popular addition to Beebe’s Fallin ‘Blackbird Festival this year, according to Beebe Chamber of Commerce President Camille Stout.

As of Wednesday, 40 teams had entered the festival’s corn hole tournament, Stout said. “It feels like it really took off. “

“It’s a payout of $ 1,700,” she said, referring to the amount of the first place prize the two-person team would receive.

Like most other festivals, the Fallin ‘Blackbird Festival did not take place last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will be back next weekend in the city center, starting from 7:30 am next Saturday with the Fallin ‘Blackbird Festival 5K.

Stout said the 5k run “has been phenomenal for our small community.” She said the race is certified, so there will be participants from Tennessee and Texas – “areas of Dallas, Memphis – and across the state to qualify for those bigger marathons they run.”

On average, she says, 250 runners participate. “We even take participants on the same day. It’s $ 40 and that includes a running t-shirt, your medal and your bib.

Beebe has been running a fall festival for 30 years, Stout said, but “since we had our episode in 2010 with the Fallen Blackbirds and it happened again, we said, ‘We have to find our niche for our community. like the Strawberry Festival, the Watermelon Crawl. ‘ We kind of took something that wasn’t that great at the time and tried to lighten it up and feel like the community jumped on board.

She said the event has probably been the Fallin ‘Blackbird Festival for probably eight years. Previously, the festival included a carnival, but Stout said it didn’t really work out.

“This is the case for some communities. We deleted that, ”she said. “For the past few years, we’ve had chili cuisine. It has worked really well, but as some of our older members have completed their terms on the board and committees, the new board members are on board, and I feel like we are on board. orient more towards middle-aged or younger groups; of course we want everyone to be present.

Stout said a classic car show could not be held this year because there was another one in the area and festival organizers were unwilling to attend.

Eight food vendors will be at the festival, including Conway’s The Magic Food Bus. Stout said this vendor was bringing in another truck with “all the candy on it.” CJ’s Cajun Station will also be in attendance with local snow cone company Second Helping Hotdogs, Snobro, Low Ivy Catering, American Legion BBQ, W&M Concessions, and Fog Hollow Kettle Corn also in attendance. Candy apples and cotton candy will also be sold.

Instructors and professors from Arkansas State University-Beebe will be doing face painting. A Cockrills Critters petting zoo, bouncy houses, a ball artist, a climbing wall and fire trucks will be there.

There will be a Robin Pie Tasting Contest at 10:15 a.m. sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Beebe. Blackberries will be used in place of robins, Stout said. Beebe’s football players will face off against Beebe’s baseball players in the contest and the Beebe Fire Department will face off against the Beebe Police Department.

Entertainment lineup includes Boots, Bailey and The Boys at 11 a.m., Josh Dorgan at noon, Studio 360 at 1 p.m., Zach Probus at 1:30 p.m. and pop and soul artist Rusty Marshall at 2:30 p.m.

The festival ends at 3 p.m.

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