The 33rd annual Ding Dong Days Festival officially begins this morning at 10 in Dumas with the laying of a wreath at the gravesite of the town’s namesake. Later tonight, it’s “Bullets in the Bathtub,” a murder mystery dinner theatre performance presented by the Dumas Area Arts Council. Tickets for the performance are $20 and include dinner.
On Friday, take a tour of the Desha County Museum. Doors open at 10 a.m. From 5-7 p.m. you can head downtown to Court Street to check out the food and craft vendors. Also beginning at 5 p.m. is the barbecue dinner at the Dumas Community Center. Tickets for the dinner are $10 and include the announcement of the 2012 Ding Dong Daddy and Ding Dong Mama. The speaker for the evening is Arkansas’s Agriculture Secretary, Butch Calhoun. Judge Mark McElroy will emcee the evening’s events. At 8 p.m., put on your dancing shoes and head to Court and Waterman Streets for the street dance, featuring Brown Soul Shoes.
Saturday starts off with the Merle Peterson Memorial Pancake Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church from 6 – 10 a.m. Tickets are $5. At 7 a.m. it’s the Ding Dong Daddy 5K run/walk. The Ding Dong Days Parade starts in downtown at 10 a.m. From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. it’s “Fund Day on Court Street,” featuring games and activities for the kids, food vendors, craft vendors, live musical entertainment, booths and exhibits. The infamous Ding Dong eating contest starts at 2 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. the Dumas Hoedown Benefit for the Desha County Museum will be held at the Dumas Community Center.
On Sunday, the Desha County Museum holds an open house from 2-4 p.m., featuring birthday cake, tours and special exhibits.
It’s always a Ding Dong of a good time in Dumas during the festival! For more information, contact the Dumas Chamber of Commerce at 870-382-5447 or click here for the schedule of events.