Kimberly J. Williams
The devastating tornadoes of February can’t keep Dumas down! The 28th Annual Ding Dong Days will be held July 25 – 29. Many of the trees were destroyed at Memorial Park, so the activities traditionally held at the park have been moved to Court Street. Otherwise, this year’s festival will continue as usual.
The festival takes its name from the song “I’m a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas,” a popular tune from the 1930s. This year’s festival features the Ding Dong Daddy 5K Run/Walk, the Ding Dong Days parade, the World Championship Ding Dong eating contest, the Ding Dong Daddy team bass tournament and the crowning of the 2007 Ding Dong Daddy and Mama.
But that’s not ding-dong all! The festival kicks off on Wednesday, July 25, with the Scott Davis Magic Show at the Dumas Branch Library at 2 p.m. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., a free gospel concert will be held at the Dumas First United Methodist Church. Throughout the weekend, Ding Dong Days will feature fun for all ages – live music, games for kids, a volleyball tournament, an antique car show, a Mark Martin NASCAR display and food vendors. On Saturday, July 28, two sets of signed Mark Martin/NASCAR memorabilia will be given away in a drawing to help fund the festival. Each set includes a signed racing jacket and a signed diecast Car of Tomorrow. On Sunday, the Desha County Museum will hold an open house to honor the museum’s birthday – complete with birthday cake!
Ding Dong Days is free and open to the public. Several of the events, such as the bass tournament, have entry fees that are used to fund the festival. For more information, contact the Dumas Chamber of Commerce at (870) 382-5447.
If you go:
Dumas is located at the crossroads of Highways 65 and 165, approximately 45 minutes southeast of Pine Bluff. Activities will be held throughout the town. For more information, contact the Dumas Chamber of Commerce at (870) 382-5447.