The Calendar of Events and parade route have been released by the Grant County Chamber of Commerce for the 30th anniversary celebration of Timberfest to be held Oct. 4-5 on the Courthouse Square in downtown Sheridan.
Set-up will begin Monday, Sept. 30 on the court square. Volunteers who are interested in assisting the Chamber may show up at 6 p.m. on the front lawn. Timberfest t-shirts are on sale now in the Chamber of Commerce office, located at 202 N. Oak St. and will also be available at the Chamber’s booth during Timberfest.
A new event that was a huge success last year was the BBQ Cookoff and there is still time to enter.
“We still need cookers for our ‘Go Hog Wild’ State Championship BBQ Cookoff,” exclaimed Hershel Brannen, chairperson. “Most of our cookers enter to just have fun mingling with the other teams, making new friends and enjoying the crowds.” Anyone interested in competing in the cookoff can call (870) 942-3021 for details.
Please check the calendar for event locations as some have changed. The Horseshoe Tournament will be held on the grass lot west of the Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare System directly across from MNB Bank on Church Street where the BBQ Cookoff is held. The Pet Show location was incorrect on last week’s Calendar of Events, it will be held behind Shoe Junkie (across Oak Street from the Revenue Office) due to the previous location being too close to the food vendors on the square. Signs will be posted to direct crowds to these new locations.
The Calendar of Events will be distributed among the vendors for the festival and for the BBQ Cookoff. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Chamber Booth to try and win a MVP .223/5.56 Rifle, handmade by Klayton Thorpe, owner of Yellowjacket Firearms. Tickets sell for $1 each or 6/$5.
There are three new events this year. The Royal White Tiger Discovery Exhibit will be located on the corner of Bell and Main Street. An all day pass is $3 to see the white tigers at feeding time, along with an educational program. Photos can be made with the tigers in the background. There were two cubs born about five months ago with the exhibit. The Southern BMX Stunt Show will perform three times on Saturday on Oak Street in front of Brew Heaven, then the Heritage Chapter of Arkansas Antique Motorcycles will be on display on Oak Street in front of US Bank.
Saturday morning the festival kicks off with the Timberfest Parade at 10 a.m. To guarantee a good position in the lineup it is better to sign up at the Chamber office, but entries are taken on the day of the parade. The parade lineup begins on the parking lot on the east side of Sheridan High School. According to Executive Director Becky Nichols, safety is important to the Chamber. If one plans to throw candy during the parade one must have “walkers” on each side of the vehicle or float.
“Children run in the street to get the candy and can easily get caught under a wheel where the driver would never see them,” she noted. “Please help to keep our children safe so we can continue to allow candy thrown in the Timberfest Parade.”
Don’t miss the J.T. Davis Memorial Car and Motorcycle Show. The entries will be in the parade then on display on the US Bank parking lot to be judged.
This year the Bow Shoot is sponsored by Hunter’s Refuge from White Hall and will be held at Grace Fellowship Church just a couple blocks south of the Courthouse Square. Winners will receive prizes and trophies.
Nichols said each year the Sheridan Dog Pound gives away free dogs and puppies that are in need of adoption. They can be found at the back of the courthouse in the grass alcove where the handicap ramp is to the courthouse.
As always, the Lumberjack Competition starts about 11 a.m. on Saturday on the parking lot of the Grant County Sheriff’s office at the Justice Complex.
“This is an awesome event to watch,” Nichols said. “Please come out to support the timber industry and these contestants.”
Entertainment this year includes a top-notch lineup. Friday will feature Cadence Lyrix (Jamie and Dusty Lunsford) on the Lumberjack stage then “Tragikly White” playing music from the 80s to the present. The Gospel Show has been moved to Saturday on the Lumberjack stage from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. “This is intended for this year only. Next year it will go back to Friday night so if you are interested in performing gospel, please call Mary Draper at (870) 917-8180,” Nichols stated.
The Redmond Keisler Band will perform on the BBQ Cookoff stage on Saturday along with the Crutchfield Band. The front stage will feature Matt Joyce as “Elvis” with two performances at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Following Matt Joyce will be a new Hip Hop duo called “Arkatext.”
“They have taken off with their songs and music featured at schools everywhere, with inspirational lyrics for the kids,” Nichols said. “They will be performing songs about Cookie Monster and Go Hogs Razorback songs to name a few.”
The Talent Show will be on the front stage starting at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in performing can call the Chamber at 942-3021.
Matthew Huff, an award-winning singer and songwriter, will perform on the Lumberjack stage right after the gospel show on Saturday night from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. to close the 2013 Timberfest.
All the regular Timberfest events are listed on the Calendar of Events so please check times and locations. It is not too late to sign up for an event. Go to www.grantcountychamber.com and click on Timberfest to see all the forms and information.
And of course there will be plenty of food and activities for the whole family.
“The Grant County Chamber of Commerce looks forward to seeing everyone there,” Nichols added.