Cars lined Parkway Drive and neighboring streets as hundreds gathered to celebrate the City of White Hall’s Founders Day Fall Festival. The event was hosted at White Hall City Park on Saturday.
“We just came for the camaraderie and the family-friendly event,” said Courtney Collier, of Pine Bluff. “We thought it would be okay for the kids to come out and enjoy in the fun.”
The event commemorates the city’s incorporation date of July 14, 1964. The day started with the Annual Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, the 5K/Fun Walk and annual parade. The festival also included The Sweet Victory Dessert Contest, the annual Good Ole Boys BBQ and SCA Steak Cook-Off, a classic car auto show and softball tournament. The winners of the Good Ole Boys BBQ and SCA Steak Cook-Off split over $12, 000 in prize money. Also, the top three winners of the dessert contest won a cash prize.
There were also a dozen craft vendors selling hand-made items including Danya Golden of Golden Art—- a handmade polymer clay jewelry business in Little Rock.
“This is my third craft show and first festival,” said Golden. “I’ve enjoyed it and it’s been a lot of fun. I think I would come back in the future.”
In addition to craft vendors, there were several food trucks on the park grounds including but not limited to Kutie Patootie Kreations, Juicy J Chicken-N-Fish, Blue Pig BBQ, Big Daddy’s Lunchbox and Pop Goes the Kernel Kettle Corn.
“We did it last year and we had a good turnout,” said Pop Goes the Kernel Kettle Corn owner Saundra Hutchins. “So, we decided to come back.”
Based out of Cabot, Hutchins says they hope to continue to be a part of the annual event.
“It’s a nice place and it’s been a lot more people out this year than there was last year,” she said. “I think it’s due to the improvement and the entertainment all day.”
Young children waited in lines to pet their favorite animal at the petting zoo while others wanted to see how high they could go at the rock-climbing wall. Music lovers were entertained by the sounds of the Zac Dunlap and Jettway Bands plus other local artists at the John Terry Amphitheater.
“Our cousin sings for the Jettway Band,” said Jamie Burris, of East End. “So, we came out to support them.”
Burris brought her children —-Tinley and Tyner Burris—- and their friends Lily Phouthavong and Zach Chaudloin for the first time.
“The ribs from the BBQ contest were really good,” said 12-year-old Tyner Burris. “I like the different food vendors.”
According to the White Hall Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page, the annual Founders Day events help benefit the White Hall Food Pantry.