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Live Music Entertainment Lineup Announcement – 39th Annual Lum & Abner Festival

Mena, AR, May 13, 2016 —   The Mena Advertising & Promotion Commission is proud to announce the live entertainment lineup that will be performing at the 39th Annual Lum & Abner Festival June 3 & 4 on the Aleshire Electric Entertainment Stage in Mena’s Janssen Park. Variety is the keyword for this year’s entertainment lineup, with something for everyone including rock, country, blues, gospel, bluegrass and more. Best of all, entry to the festival is FREE!

Friday, June 3rd                                                                      

The Crumbs, a Fort Smith-based band that will be the opening act on the evening of Friday, June 3rd
The Crumbs, a Fort Smith-based band that will be the opening act on the evening of Friday, June 3rd

The live musical entertainment fun begins on Friday at 12:30 pm with Don Thompson & The Talimena Drive.  At 2:30 pm that day, Gator & Friends Cajun Country/Gospel Band takes the stage, followed by Richie Owens at 4:30 pm.  For Friday evening performances, the opening act will be The Crumbs, a great Fort Smith-based band featuring Americana, bluegrass, and modern folk music who will take the stage at 6:30 pm.  The headliner act for Friday night will be Billstown, a group featuring 3 generations of band members and music variety. Named for the small community in Pike County many of the band members are from and the home of Arkansas’ own Glen Campbell, Billstown was formed in 2008 by reuniting members of the Campbell Family Band along with some new additions.

Friday night’s headline performer is Billstown
Friday night’s headline performer is Billstown

Saturday, June 4th

Lana Gail and the Gail Force Band will be Saturday evening’s opening act
Lana Gail and the Gail Force Band will be Saturday evening’s opening act

The live musical entertainment fun continues on Saturday, beginning again at 12:30 pm with the band Dual Carb from Hot Springs.  At 2:30 pm that day, Partners In Christ takes the stage, followed by Highway 31 at 4:30 pm.  For Saturday’s evening performances, Lana Gail and Gail Force will be the opening act. Lana Gail, Nashville Recording Artist, along with her band promise to entertain the crowd with their unique upbeat treatment of songs from yesterday and today.  Headlining Saturday’s musical festivities will be Nashville-based Pamela K. Ward and The Last Call Orchestra, a versatile band playing music from rock classics to country favorites.

Both Friday and Saturday nights, following the headliner performances, there will be a “Meet and Greet” session so that festival-goers can meet and visit with these talented performers.

Live Entertainment is Just Part of the Fun at the Lum & Abner Festival…

Pamela K. Ward and The Last Call Orchestra will headline Saturday’s musical lineup
Pamela K. Ward and The Last Call Orchestra will headline Saturday’s musical lineup

While many will visit the 39th Annual Lum & Abner Festival and enjoy the live musical entertainment, there is still much else to see and do at the festival.  Both Friday and Saturday of the festival feature the All American Lumberjack Shows, performances by The Outlaws Gunfighter Group, fishing derbies, the Kiddie Korner, helicopter rides, the LoCoMotion Trackless Train, the Big Arts and Crafts Tent sponsored by Union Bank, wonderful vendors, and – of course – great festival food!  Additionally, on Saturday, June 4th there will be the Lum & Abner Car, Truck, Corvette & Motorcycle Show, a 5K Walk/Run, a 3 on 3 Basketball tournament, a softball tournament, a baby crawlin’ contest, and the Union Bank Firefighter’s Challenge. I-doggies – it should be a great time to be in Mena, Arkansas!

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