Kimberly J. Williams
On Friday evening, Oct. 1, the historic downtown area is the site for an evening of fun for all ages. Karaoke begins at 6 p.m., followed by a “You Ain’t Nothing but a Hound Dog” contest, featuring pets dressed in 50s costumes. The Sock Hop revs up at 8 p.m. with music, dancing and contests for the best 50s and 60s costumes. For those brave enough, the Haunted Pocahontas Tour begins at 9 p.m. at the Randolph Music Theater.
Saturday, Oct. 2, is a full day of music, entertainment and fun! The schedule of events includes an antique car show, a Hula Hoop contest, dancing demonstrations by Marilyn’s Clogging, food and craft vendors, and a bus tour of historic rock ‘n’ roll sites located along Highway 67. Live music is planned throughout the day and evening, including performances by J.R. Rogers and the All-Star Band; Arkansas native Narvel Felts; and the legendary Mickey Gilley.
This year’s festival honors Arkansas’s own Bill Rice. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rice is the most award-winning songwriter in the history of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), with 73 awards to date. He was awarded ASCAP Writer of the Year six times and has been nominated for four Grammys. Such artists as Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts, George Jones, and Reba McEntire have recorded his songs.
Go grab your saddle oxfords or penny loafers, get the Hula Hoop out of the garage, and head to Pocahontas this weekend! For more information, visit www.SeeRandolphCounty.com or phone 870-892-0254.