Judy Sanders of White Hall said that each year for Founders Day, she and her sisters get together for a family reunion.
This past weekend was no exception.
Sanders, her sister Julie Watkins of Texas, Kelly Estell of Little Rock and Janice Lyons of Smackover spent all weekend laughing, talking and enjoying the festivities of the 54th annual Founders Day.
“What a time we had,” Sanders said. “It’s the best thing in the world to enjoy our small town and have family with you. It’s just the best.
White Hall City Park was the site for the bulk of the celebration. People like Sanders and her sister showed up in large numbers to participate in the day’s festivities.
Inching down Dollarway Road and ending at White Hall City Park on Saturday morning, the Founders Day parade featured various floats from organizations and businesses such as Simmons Bank, Girl Scouts, Cowboys and Cowgirls for Christ, CJ’s Auto Body, Brown Inc. Moving, Sahara Motor Patrol, Ms. B’s School Days and many more.
The parade also featured community and school bands and dance teams, who strutted down the street playing renditions of popular songs.
However, the celebration didn’t end when the parade reached its end at the White Hall City Park.
Rows of vendors selling personalized tumblers, baby products, t-shirts, White Hall Bulldogs paraphernalia, cosmetics, jewelry, scarves and the likes were stationed around the park for visitors to enjoy as they mingled with friends and family.
Just beyond the many vendors who had set up shop at the event, a parking lot full of self-proclaimed BBQ grill masters were hard at work in their respective food trucks and grilling stations trying to prepare award-winning ribs for the BBQ Rib Contest.
Patrons served as judges for the BBQ Rib Contest and had the opportunity to cast their vote after tasting ribs that could be purchased three for $5 on a first come, first served basis.
For those who weren’t particularly fond of ribs, food trucks were available carrying not-so-ordinary food finds like chicken, bacon, and ranch nachos from Blue Pig BBQ, fresh squeezed lemonade and fish from Juicy J Chicken-N-Fish, a jumbo corndog stand serving carnival favorites, and even a kettle corn popcorn stand.
The two-day event spanning from Friday, Oct. 19, to Saturday, Oct. 20, was packed with competitions and events for the entire family to enjoy.
A kids corner was located just outside of the main vendor area and was adorned with various bounce houses. Entertainers had their moment to shine during White Hall’s Got Talent, and local bakers showcased their baking abilities in the Annual Founders Day Dessert Contest.
Between the 7 a.m. 5K/Fun Walk starting at City Hall, and the parade ending at White Hall City Park, White Hall’s Founders Day celebration was a city-wide event for a weekend of fun with friends and family.