The World Famous Armadillo Festival returns this week and while it will be the 51st year since the founding 1970 happening, pandemic precautions last year mean this will be celebrated as the 50th event!
Festival entertainment begins Wednesday with carnival armband night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and continues through Saturday with food, live music, a street dance, arts and craft vendors, and competitions.
Crawfish on the square starts the food fun at noon Thursday with Chester Huntsman and The Groove Diggers stepping in to play from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday night things will get going with a street dance at 6 p.m. featuring a photo booth and costume contest. Mr. Cabbage Head and the Screaming Radishes will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. followed by DJ Rojelio from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday will be a full day affair from a 6 a.m. start to the annual pancake breakfast at First United Methodist Church to the 10-11 p.m. closing performance of Adam Doleac, Main Stage.
The day’s musical line up features Haley Creek Boys from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the square; The Martins, 5-6:30 p.m., Main Stage; Ross Ellis, 7-8 p.m., Main Stage; Lainey Wilson, 8:30-9:30, Main Stage; and Adam Doleac, 10-11 p.m., Main Stage.
Other events on the schedule include a 5k/1 mile run, car show, cornhole tournament, pet show, hamburger eating contest, and frog jumping contest.
The armadillo king and queen’s court will be announced at 10:40 a.m. and the ever-popular armadillo contest will begin after the 1:30 p.m. weigh-in.