Thousands to attend Star Daze


STAR CITY — More than 30,000 people are expected to attend StarDaze in Star City during its 10th annual festival which began Thursday.

During the three-night run, performers include Kix Brooks and Steel Magnolia in free concerts on the Pine Bluff National Bank stage.

The midway opened Thursday night and the live entertainment begins at 5 p.m. Friday with Ben Coulter followed by Aaron Parker at 7 p.m. and Steel Magnolia at 9 p.m.

Entertainment on Saturday will begin at 2 p.m. with Phantom VI, a band that traveled the mid-South in the 1960s and 1970s; Cheryl LaQuire at 4 p.m. and “hick-hop” artist Big Smo at 6 p.m.

Blackberry Smoke, a group that has opened for the Zac Brown Band, performs at 8 p.m. and Kix Brooks, a recording artist who as part of the duo Brooks and Dunn garnered 15 Grammy Award nominations as well as 40 top-10 records and more than 20 No. 1 songs, begins his performance at 10 p.m.

Other highlights include:

• Saturday’s events begin with a 5K run at Cane Creek State Park at 9 a.m. There will also be a motorcycle point run and a classic car show with trophies given in several classes.

• The car show will be held from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at the Star City Civic Center on Highway 425. Fifty class trophies will be awarded and trophies for best paint, interior, engine, as well as people’s choice and best of show. A fee of $25 for first entry and $15 for each additional entry will be charged. A free barbecue sandwich, chips and a drink will be available for the first 50 entries.

• The motorcycle point run will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at the Star City Civic Center . Registration will start at 10 a.m. Cash prizes will be given to the first-, second- and third-place winners. An entry fee of $15 will be charged. For more information call 870 370-7309.