A good turnout and cooperating weather were the high marks White Hall Mayor Noel Foster listed for the final Founders Day activities on Saturday.

A good turnout and cooperating weather were the high marks White Hall Mayor Noel Foster listed for the final Founders Day activities on Saturday.

The sponsoring White Hall Chamber of Commerce received a break with partly cloudy skies and cooler than normal temperatures after a Friday night forecast called for a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms over the city beginning about 10 a.m. Saturday, or the start time for the annual parade down Dollarway Road, Foster said.

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Two older men who said they had attended most if not all of the Founders Day gatherings at City Park said they were impressed by the turnout and variety of activities, noting the number of vendors selling food, crafts and other merchandise.

A man who said he grew up in White Hall stopped at the Post Office seeking directions to the car show, telling a passerby, “I can’t find a thing now it has grown so much, and I went to high school here many years ago.”

He obtained directions to the car show at City Park and was seen leaving the show in his bright yellow antique Ford pickup truck with a large trophy strapped down in the bed of the truck.

Stephanie Moreau, parade chairman, said some 75 units, floats, groups and individuals were in the parade, with Army Col. David L. Musgrave, commander of the Pine Bluff Arsenal, serving as grand marshal.

Parade participants were encouraged to make a donation of canned goods or other non-perishable food items to the White Hall Food Pantry.

An estimated 2,500 children and adults lined up along Dollarway Road to watch the parade, said Assistant Police Chief Paul Brown.

The Founders Day two-man scramble golf tournament, which was rained out Aug. 18, was held Saturday afternoon at the arsenal golf course. (Results on Page 5).

The “all makes” car show on the parking lot immediately west of City Park and drew a large number of entries, with tricked out cars, trucks, dragsters and motorcycles attracting crowds. Car show entry fees and proceeds from other activities went to Make-A-Wish Mid-South.

More than a score of groups and individuals provided entertainment at City Park during the day’s activities, said Kay Lynn Johnston, with Elvis Presley impersonator Doug Scallion of White Hall “a big hit.”

An ice cream eating contest for children concluded many of the activities in the park.