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Lum & Abner Festival Seeking Volunteers and Activity Participants

The 39th Annual Lum and Abner Festival is just around the corner and organizers are seeking volunteers, as well as activity participants. Donnie Crain, Festival & Marketing Coordinator with the Mena Advertising & Promotion Commission, is asking for volunteers to help with set up, clean-up, and teardown of the festival, beginning on June 1st. Each year it takes dozens of volunteers to insure the success of the event. The final day volunteers will be needed is Sunday, June 5th. Whether you are able to volunteer all day or for just a few hours, any help is welcomed. Contact Crain at (479) 394-8355.

The festival, which will be held on June 4th and 5th this year, is also seeking registrants for their annual activities. The Lum & Abner 5K Walk-Run registration is now open. The cost is $30 per participant. New this year, all participants will receive a Lum & Abner 5K Walk/Run t-shirt.  First, Second and Third place winners in each division will be awarded medals. The race will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 4th.

Registrations will be accepted until 7:30 am on race day.  Registration forms are available on line at and click on the Lum & Abner link.  Additionally, forms are available at several locations in the community, to include Non-Stop Fitness, Hibbett Sports, City Hall, Tapley Park, and the Lighthouse Fitness Center for Women.

This year’s 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will begin at 10 am on Saturday, June 4.  Registrations will be honored until 9:00 am on the day of the tournament.  Registration forms are available online at under the Lum & Abner link.  Registrations received prior to Thursday, June 2nd will receive a discounted registration fee of only $50.  Registrations received after that date will be $60.

The tournament will be conducted in double elimination fashion with the following divisions offered: Boys/Men 7-10, 11-13, 14-16, 17+, Girls/Women 7-10, 11-14, 15+. The tournament will be played rain or shine, with the exception of lightning. Each player will receive an official 39th Annual Lum & Abner Festival t-shirt and the winners of each division will receive individual medals. Officials will be provided on site.

Crain was sad to announce that the Union Bank Firefighters Challenge has been cancelled this year due to lack of participation. For more information on the festival, contact Donnie Crain at the number above.

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