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Crowbar Russell (center) and his Clash of the Ozarks clan star in the bank robbery reenactments during Solemn Old Judge Day Saturday. (Facebook photo)

Crowbar Russell (center) and his Clash of the Ozarks clan star in the bank robbery reenactments during Solemn Old Judge Day Saturday. (Facebook photo)

George D. Hay

George D. Hay

Mammoth Spring, Ark. — It’s that time of year again. Time for the Solemn Old Judge to hold forth again here in the town that inspired the world famous Grand Ole Opry radio show, birth place of Country Music.
Solemn Old Judge Days celebrating George D. Hay, that young reporter who visited Mammoth Spring and at a hoedown found the music that inspired the format for his renown radio show will be held this year Aug . 29 and 30 in Mammoth Spring.
The festival, which has been held here since 1988, starts out with a gospel sing at 7 p.m. at the Mammoth Spring High School Friday night. Admission is free, and there will be refreshments.
Major festival events are scheduled on Saturday highlighted by the reenactment of the Citizen’s Bank robbery on Main Street during the early 1900’s. The popular event will be put on this year by Crowbar Russell and his Clash of the Ozarks reality TV clan. Shows will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The 31st annual Antique and Classic Car Show is at the Mammoth Spring State Park starting at 9 a.m. Judging will begin at 11 a.m., and trophies will be awarded at 2 p.m. On site here will be hamburgers by the Spring River Lions Club and homemade ice cream by Spring Dipper. Entry fee for the car show is $25.
Music will be performed during the festival on Main Street. A 6 a.m. pancake breakfast sponsored by the Mammoth Spring Volunteer Firemen will be there for hungry early birds and a Beaver Spring River 5K fun run and walk, a quilt show, an archery exhibit, and an antique tractor and farm equipment show.
There will be kids games and pony rides and a Cornhole Tournament at 2 p.m. First place prize is $100, and second place winners walk away with $50.
Crafts and a variety of vendors will be set up on Main Street for festival goers.
Admission to the Solemn Old Judge Days celebration is free of charge.
Another George D. Hay attraction can be found Friday night at the George D. Hay Foundation Theater on Highway 63 South in Mammoth Spring. There will be a country dance featuring Keith Bradshaw and his Country Connection Band at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. The band is from Mountain View, Mo.
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