WHITE HALL – Mother Nature cooperated with the White Hall Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, with partly cloudy skies and cooler-than-normal temperatures for the annual Founders Day activities.
Tommy Castleberry, chamber president, acknowledged late Saturday afternoon that he became worried Friday when the National Weather Service forecast a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms over White Hall beginning about 10 a.m. Saturday, or when the annual parade down Dollarway Road was scheduled to begin.
Stephanie Moreau, parade chairman, said several light sprinkles were spotted in the area as the parade units were lining up, but it didn’t rain on her parade.
Assistant Police Chief Paul Brown said an estimated 2,500 children and adults lined up along Dollarway Road to watch the parade, which had a number of political candidates, including Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, in the lineup.
Army Col. David L. Musgrave, commander of the Pine Bluff Arsenal, served as grand marshal of the parade. Tradition calls for the arsenal commander to serve as parade marshal during the first year of the command.
The Founders Day two-man scramble golf tournament was rained out Aug. 18, but rescheduled for Saturday afternoon. Dancin’ In The Streets — the annual street dance — was held Friday evening on Parkway Drive between City Hall and City Park, White Hall’s largest recreational facility.
An “all makes” car show was held Saturday on the parking lot immediately west of City Park and drew a large number of cars, trucks, dragsters and motorcycles. Car show entry fees and other activities went to Make-A-Wish Mid-South.
Kay Lynn Johnston said more than 20 individuals and groups provided entertainment at City Park during the day’s activities. Doug Scallion of White Hall, an Elvis Presley impersonator, proved to be very popular with the large crowd, she added.
Afternoon activities wrapped up with an ice cream eating contest for children, Johnston said.