Trout Fest, Dogwood Daze headline weekend events
AREA -- The communities of Mammoth Spring and Thayer will hold festivals this weekend.
The Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce will hold Trout Fest May 5 at the Mammoth Spring State Park.
The event will include a fishing derby for children 12 and under. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m.
A fly fishing workshop will be held at the park maintenance building starting at 9:30 a.m. It will be taught by Ashlie Hueter. There will also be fly tying and fly casting instructions.
Basketball contests for youth sixth grade and under and seventh grade and over will start at 2 p.m. The first place winner will receive a trophy and second and third place winners will receive ribbons.
The casting contests, for ages 10 to 15 and 16 years old and over will also be held at 2 p.m. with the first place winner receiving a trophy and the second and third place winners receiving ribbons.
A pie baking contest will be held at 2 p.m. with two divisions, cream and fruit pies. Cash prizes will be $15, $10 and $5 plus ribbons.
The trout cooking contest will be judged at 5 p.m. All trout must be prepared and cooked at the contest. There is a $25 fee to enter the trout cooking contest. The first place winner will receive $100; second place, $50; and the third place winner will receive $25.
A square dancing demonstration will be presented that day.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Fishing Simulator and Traveling Aquarium will also be on display.
For additional information about this year's festival, call the park at 625-7364 or 625-3518.
The Thayer Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Dogwood Daze also on May 5.
The day will start with the annual Rotary Pancake Breakfast at Thayer High School from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
A citywide yard sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Merchants in the city have been invited to place special sale items on the sidewalks outside their business that day.
People who live outside the city limits are invited to bring yard sale items to the parking lot on the south side of the Thayer Police Station. The Bank of Thayer and K-95 Golf Tournament will start at the Thayer Country Club at 9 a.m. Golfers will have the opportunity to win over $120,000 in prizes. This will be an 18-hole, two person scramble at $80 per team. Call Butch or Kelly Steed at 264-3112 or the Thayer Country Club at 264-7854 for more information.