Since 1988 Mammoth Spring has been commemorating George D. Hay's visit to Mammoth Spring which inspired him to begin the Grand Ole Opry with Solemn Old Judge Days during Labor Day weekend.
This year the event will be held Sept. 4 and 5. The first event will be Friday evening with "Reflections in the Spring." written by Martha Bennett, a resident. The play will be presented by local residents with music provided by Mammoth Spring Strings. It will be held at Mammoth Spring State Park at the Pavilion. Admission is free and people are asked to bring a chair to enjoy the play which will begin at dark. Refreshments will be sold.
On Saturday many events are planned beginning with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Mammoth Spring Fire Department from 6 a.m. and ending at 10 a.m. at the Fire Station on Second Street. The breakfast is available for a donation.
An Antique Show will be held at Brown's Furniture from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A Quilt Show will be at Rebecca Harmon's Style Shop on Main Street from 9 a.m to 4 p.m.
A Local Art Exhibit will be at Simmon's Bank in the Community Room from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
An Antique Tractor and Farm Equipment Exhibit will be in Simmon's Bank Parking Lot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
An Antique Car Show will be at Mammoth Spring State Park. The gates will open at 9:00 a.m with judging beginning at 11:00 a.m. Trophies will be presented at approximately 2:00 p.m. depending on the number of entries. There will be refreshments sold and music will be provided by a DJ playing music from the 50s and 60s.
All of these shows and exhibits are free.
R&R Amusement will set up bouncing games including an 18 foot slide, Bungee Run, Jousting and Obstacle Course at Riverbend Park across from the Fire Station on 2nd Street. These games are free.
Music shows scheduled are two gospel groups - Spoken For from Doniphan at 11:20 a.m. and Glory Road from Highland at 2 p.m. at the City Gazebo.
Beginning at 10 a.m. in front of Palace Drug Store will be Jim and Melva Adock from Mountain View. They play stem glasses, banjo and guitar.
At the George D. Hay Theater scheduled to perform are Signal Hill Bluegrass at 6 p.m and at 7 p.m. The HillBillies Express. There is no admission for these shows.
South Fork Regulators will perform two shows at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Main Street
From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. the Mammoth Spring Bears Against Drugs (BAD) will sponsor a car bash which will be located at the side of Palace Drug Store. Cost will be 25 cents per hit or five hits for $1.
There will be vendors located along Main Street selling arts and crafts throughout the day.
Fulton County Hospital will provide free blood pressure and glucose screenings under the awning at Brown's Furniture on Main Street.
Ending the day of celebration will be the Billy Joe French Band playing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Riverbend Restaurant, admission is free.