The 2nd Annual Wilburn Brothers Tribute held at Loberg Park in Hardy was a major success. In addition to the city and county proclamations, Gov. Mike Beebe proclaimed the Saturday before Memorial Day to be Wilburn Brothers Day in the state of Arkansas. It was also announced that the Wilburn Brothers have been nominated for the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame. (A decision on whether they will be inducted has not yet been made as of this writing.)
Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton presented Geraldine Wilburn Grisham with a flag honoring the Wilburn Brothers that had been flown over the United States Capitol on Dec, 24, 2007, at the request of Sen. Mark Pryor. The accompanying certificate stated that it had been flown in honor of the Wilburn Brothers and the 70th anniversary of the first performance of the Wilburns. Grisham is the sister of the Wilburn Brothers -- Teddy and Doyle (as well as Leslie and Lester).
A large, enthusiastic crowd gathered in Loberg Park where they enjoyed music by Steel Guitar Hall of Famer Don Helms and singer/songwriter Andy Norman. Helms and Norman played for about an hour and received a standing ovation. The crowd then enjoyed music by regional favorite, the Billy Joe French Band. Leslie Wilburn's grandson, Leslie, shared the next generation of Wilburn talent with a medley of songs on his fiddle.
Singer/songwriters Meghan Owens, Brian James, Arikah Nash and Dave McCormick rounded out the evening.