The 49th Annual World Famous Armadillo Festival is approaching and to celebrate the Ashley County Museum is sponsoring an armadillo decorating contest. The first armadillo of the contest named Tallulah is currently displayed on the Ashley County Museum lawn. Those interested in participating may contact Annette Weindorf at 870-853-6508.
This year’s festival will be May 1 through May 4 with the first night being armband night at the carnival.
Tracey Longstreth, the president of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce board of directors, said the festival will be mostly the same, but they have added or “brought back” a few events.
One of the new events will be a crawfish and karaoke night on Thursday evening. Longstreth said there will be a vendor there selling crawfish and karaoke will be open to anyone who wants to participate.
On Friday night, Longstreth said there will be a Pechanga night. The night will feature a special DJ and Hispanic themed food at 6 p.m. Pechanga night will end at 8 p.m., but there will be another DJ from 9 to 11 p.m. and other festival activities.
There will also be a second armband event on Saturday during the day and live music will start at 3 p.m.
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 7 p.m. and Thumpdaddy from Memphis will be the night’s featured entertainment at 9 p.m.
Longstreth said there is still time for vendors to register, but entries must be received by Friday, April 5. Those interested may contact the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce at 870-853-8345 and leave a message. Longstreth said messages are checked and calls are returned daily. In addition, those interested may send messages to the Hamburg Chamber’s Facebook page.