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The Lum & Abner Festival

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The Lum & Abner Festival

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Join us in Historic Janssen Park in downtown Mena for a weekend of old fashioned fun!

Mena’s signature event, the Annual Lum & Abner Festival is the first weekend in June at Janssen Park in Mena, Arkansas. This event is presented by the Mena Advertising & Promotion Commission and has been steadily growing year after year.  Live entertainment is a huge part of the event as it runs all day both days of the festival.

In addition to live entertainment, enjoy wonderful arts and crafts, great food, the awesome Lum & Abner Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show, Kiddie Korner with playground and bounce houses, the Lum & Abner 5K Run/Walk, the Lum & Abner 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, Fishing Derbies, the RE/MAX Baby Crawlin’ Contest, the Arkansas Circus Arts and more!      14671257 1698382007050871 8062400499776937788 n 2


Events

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Lum & Abner Festival Line Up

Friday, June 3rd

10:00 am - National Anthem

11:00 am - The Ouachita Strings Ensemble

1:30 p.m. - The Ouachita Strings Ensemble

2:00 pm - Marissa Dawn 

4:00 pm - Backroad Revival

6:00 pm - Ryan Paul Davis

8:00pm - Sam Allbright & the Southern Heat


Saturday, June 4th

11:00 am - 2:00 pm - Talent Show

2:00 pm - Nash Moore

4:00 pm - Spa City Young Bloods

6:00 pm - Fonky Donkey

8:00pm - Mr. Cabbagehead & the Screaming Radishes

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Lum & Abner Music & Arts Festival Talent Showcase
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO
MAY 13TH

We're looking for musicians, magicians, comedians, singers, actors, ventriloquists, or whatever talent you need to show off. The acts must be suitable for all ages and last no more than 15 minutes. There is a $20 entry fee. Career entertainers will not be permitted.

Audition submissions will be accepted through May 13, 2022. This year's t alent showcase will include two events- Friday, June 3rd, 11am-2pm, and Saturday, June 41h, 11am-2pm. Winners will be announced at the festival.

Prizes

  1. $500.00
  2. $250.00
  3. $100.00
  4. People's Choice $250.00

For consideration, please submit a video audition, less than three (3) minutes to
pasha@visitmena.com.

Audition materials will not be returned.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please call (479) 394.8355 or email
pasha@visitmena.com.

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Lum & Abner Festival 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Late registration will be from 8:00-9:30 on June 4th. The tournament will begin at 10:00 that morning.

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Lum & Abner 5K Run/Walk

  • 5k Run/Walk will start at 8:00 a.m. at Janssen Park
  • Race entry fee - $25 Pre-Registration fee through May 31, the first 35 people to sign up receive a t-shirt. After May 31, the Registration Fee is $35.
  • Payment instructions- Mail or drop off checks payable to: Mena A & P Commission 524-A Sherwood Avenue, Mena, AR 71953
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Lum & Abner Car Show

Come on out to the Lum & Abner Car Show, on June 4th, in beautiful Janssen Park located in downtown Mena, Arkansas. Registration starts at 8am. Festival t-shirts & sponsor provided goodie bags will be available first come, first serve. Sponsor provided door prizes. Awards presented in over 20 categories.
 

The History of Lum & Abner

lum abner festivalLum and Abner was an American network radio comedy program created by Chester Lauck and Norris Goff that was aired from 1931 to 1954. Modeled on life in the small town of Waters, Arkansas, near where Lauck and Goff grew up, the show proved immensely popular. In 1936, Waters changed its name to Pine Ridge after the show’s fictional town.

Jot ’em Down Store

lumstoreCreated by co-stars Chester Lauck (who played Columbus Edwards, albeit he called himself “Lum Eddards”) and Norris Goff (Abner Peabody), Lum and Abner was as low-key as Easy Aces, as cheerfully absurdist as Vic and Sade, and exaggerated The Goldbergs’ ethnic focus by amplifying the protagonists’ regional identities. As co-owners of the Jot ’em Down Store in the fictional town of Pine Ridge, Arkansas, the pair are constantly stumbling upon moneymaking ideas only to find themselves fleeced by nemesis Squire Skimp, before finally finding a way to redeem themselves. Lum and Abner played the hillbilly theme with deceptive cleverness. The hillbillies knew that the slickers would get what was coming to them sooner or later and either didn’t mind or knew more than they let on that the slickers getting theirs was a matter of fortunate circumstance.

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Vendor Applications

EXTENDED - The Vendor Application Deadline has been extended to April 30, 2022. If you are interested in becoming a Vendor for the 2022 Lum & Abner Festival, please contact us directly at 479-394-8355.

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Our Location

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Janssen Park, Mena, AR

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