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New Clarksville Festival Set for June 22-24

June 14, 2007

Jill M. Rohrbach, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

CLARKSVILLE –Entertainment for all ages will be offered during Creek Fest, a new festival in Clarksville, set for June 22-24.

Creek Fest will take place near downtown Clarksville along Spadra Creek, an area which also contains walking and biking trails. Activities in this park-like setting will include a juried arts and crafts show, live music on the stage each day, Dutch oven cooking demonstrations, food vendors, and a children’s area. The children’s area will contain inflatables, a climbing wall and free games for kids.

"It’s wholesome family entertainment and we’re trying to introduce some culture with the juried arts and crafts," Julie Kersey, Creek Fest committee chairperson, said.

The festival will kick-off on Friday, June 22 with a VIP dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Entertainment for the general public will begin at 7 p.m. with the local band On the Verge, followed by The Willie Nelson Tribute band. Vendor booths and the children’s area will be open until 10 p.m.

Creek Fest will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 23. Special appearances in the children’s area will include Smokey the Bear and the Shriners providing balloon animals. Festival-goers can check out the antique car show on the court square from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"There’s something going on the stage non-stop," Kersey said.

Live music on Saturday will begin at 9 a.m. with Zolan Sanderson on acoustical guitar. He will be followed by Jason the Juggler, who will also entertain with magic tricks in the children’s area during the day. Playing at 11 a.m. will be Spit N Image. Performing from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. will be the Happy Tymes Jazz Band followed by Jason the Juggler and the band, Some Guy Named Rob. The 18-piece Star Dust Orchestra will play at 6 p.m. with blues guitarist Rachel Fields rounding out the evening. There will be Dutch oven cooking demonstrations in the food area at noon and 5 p.m.

A Sunrise Service will be from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 24. The service will begin with a patriotic opening ceremony. About a dozen churches will provide singing and music. At 8:15 a.m., the inspirational guest speaker will be Donna Douglas, best known as Elly May Clampett on the long-running television series The Beverly Hillbillies. At 10 a.m. the Davis Family will perform from 10 a.m. to noon. Still on the Hill, a folk and blues band, is set to play from noon to 2 p.m.

At 1 p.m., there will be a drawing for a $1,000 shopping spree to downtown merchants’ stores. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold a children’s fishing derby from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Kids should bring their own fishing poles. The children’s band Toucan Jam will also perform on the main stage during this time. Another Dutch oven cooking demonstration will take place at 4 p.m. Rachel Field’s blues band will play from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., marking the end of the festival.

"We’re already hearing people inviting their family and friends to come see them that weekend because they know it’s going to be fun," Kersey added. "Clarksville is still a quaint old town."

While this is the first year for the festival, the Creek Fest committee plans for it to become an annual event. "The festival goals are to provide an atmosphere for family participation and enjoyment and also to establish pride in our community and create additional tourism in our area," Kersey explained.

For more information, phone the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce at (479) 754-2340.


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