The 49th Annual World Famous Armadillo Festival will kick off this week in Hamburg.

The festival begins on May 1 with the carnival opening nightly from Wednesday through Friday night 6pm until 11pm. There will be armband specials on Wednesday night from 6pm until 11pm and on Saturday 2pm until 4pm.

On Thursday, there will be a crawfish and karaoke night from 6pm until 8pm and the carnival will stay open until 11pm.

On Friday night, Pachanga Night will be celebrated from 6pm  until 8pm and the street dance will be from 8pm until 11pm. The night will feature a special DJ and Hispanic themed food at 6pm. Pechanga night will end at 8pm followed by a street dance from 9 to 11pm along with other festival activities.

Saturday morning will start with a pancake breakfast at 6am at First United Methodist Church followed by the Ashley County Cares 5K/1 Mile run walk. There will be a Fun Run at 9:30 starting at the Ashley County Health Department with awards presented in the gazebo on the town square at 10:30am. Other events at the gazebo include Armadillo Trivia at 10am and 1pm, an Armadillo Eating Contest at 12pm and various live music groups starting at 3pm. The first band of the afternoon will be the Cummings Prison Band followed by the Haylee Creek Boys from Promiseland. Barrett Pepper will perform at 7pm and Thumpdaddy from Memphis will be the night’s featured entertainment at 9pm.

There will be a pet show on the school stage at 10:45 am and a 50 Year Club Reunion at the Hamburg Middle School at noon. The Frog Weigh In will be at 1:30 and the Armadillo Races will begin at 2pm.

In addition to the festival events, the decorated armadillos from this year’s contest will be displayed on the lawn at the Ashley County Museum with judging and awards to take place at 1pm.

More details and information can be found on the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

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