from the El Dorado News Times:
he city of Smackover plans to celebrate its centennial with an all-day street festival on Saturday, August 20.
Starting at 8 a.m., Broadway Street in Smackover will host a number of activities and vendors for all ages. The festival is set to last until 6 p.m.
Mayor Bobby Neal, the driving force behind organizing the festival, discussed the event during the city council’s Monday, August 8 meeting.
“We’ll have a pretty full day; we’ll have lots of arts and crafts and food vendors,” Neal told council members.
Activities during the day include Bunco at 10 a.m.; an egg toss competition at 10 a.m.; a cornhole tournament at 1 p.m.; Bingo from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.; and bounce houses for children.
Horse rides led by members of Calvary Trails Cowboy Church will take place from 9 a.m. until noon as well and a mini-locomotive courtesy of Queen City Train Rides will also be on location.
Several food vendors will be on hand alongside the other vendors.
A merchant’s drawing will also be held, Neal said in an interview following the council meeting.
“We have several [merchants] who will give away stuff and we’ll have a drawing for that,” Neal said.
The Mayor went on to say the merchant drawing will likely be held around noon.
Rep. Sonia Barker, R-Smackover, is also expected to read a proclamation from Gov. Asa Hutchinson around noon marking Smackover’s anniversary.
Musical acts will include Mike Nutter & Band and the Ouachita
River Boys, both “gospel and country” acts according to Neal, and local radio station KIX 103 will be at the festival as well.
Neal said he hopes the 100th anniversary celebration can fill the gap left by the Oil Town festival, which was last held in 2019, its 48th year.
“If this goes off alright, the city may just take [the festival up on its own,” he said.
Neal said the August 20 date was chosen based on records at city hall that show Smackover being incorporated on August 19, 1922.