Gentry Chamber of Commerce will hold a Christmas outside lighting and decorating contest for all residents and businesses within the Gentry School District. The theme for the outside yard/parking lot/window display/field/home/building decorating contest is “Christmas” and participants are encouraged to be creative.
Those participating are asked to have their décor in place before Dec. 10. Participants are also asked to call the Gentry Chamber of Commerce office at 479-736-2358 and advise of the address of the residence or business to be sure they will not be missed in the judging. Please leave the address on the recorder if necessary, because the chamber office is not staffed full-time.
There will be a grand champion and reserve champion winner in each group, residential and business. All four winners will get a yard sign to display in their front yard for bragging rights. The grand champion winners will also receive $100 in Gentry bucks, and the reserve champions will receive $50 from the Gentry Chamber of Commerce.
The annual Trick or Treat on Main Street will be on Halloween evening, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Anyone who would like to pass out candy to the little hosts and goblins may set up a goody table in front of any vacant building on Main Street.
Last year, approximately 1,500 kids participated.
Annual Christmas Parade
Gentry’s annual Christmas parade will be Saturday, Dec. 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Lineup for the parade will be at 5:30 p.m. at Nelson Feed (formerly Curran Feed).
The theme for this year’s event is Christmas in Arkansas. There is no pre-registration or entry fee to participate.
Prizes of $100 in Gentry bucks will be given for the Best Music, Best Lighting and Best Theme. A $200 in Gentry Bucks Award for best overall will be awarded.
Gentry bucks can be used at most Gentry Chamber of Commerce member businesses.
It was a big success in its first year, so get ready for an even bigger event this year. The second annual “Pickin’ Time on 59” will be held in Sulphur Springs, Gravette, Decatur, Gentry and Siloam Springs on Oct. 10 through 13.
The now-annual event is being sponsored jointly by the chambers of commerce in each city.
Those who are planning garage sales or antique and collectible sales are encouraged to participate. Also, all local businesses are invited to offer promotions and sales to take advantage of the traffic this event creates.
Gentry City Council has granted a waiver of the usual permit fees for yard and garage sales held during this event.
Everyone is invited to participate. Those who wish to participate but need booth space are invited to contact their local chambers of commerce: Decatur — 752-8274; Gentry — 736-2358; Gravette — 464-1602; Siloam Springs — 549-7616 or 524-6466.
Gentry will hold its annual freedom festival in the park on Thursday, July 4th. The park is located between Main and Third Streets on the west side of town.
Following is a schedule of events planned for July 4:
7 a.m. – Fun Run, with registration at 7 a.m. and the races starting at 7:30 a.m. The one-mile Fun Run is free; the 5K run has a $25 entry fee. There will be six age groups and trophies for the top two overall male and female runners. All runners in the 5K will receive a T-shirt and Little Debbie Snacks. The Fun Runs are sponsored by the McKee Employee Recreation Association. For more information, contact Adam Carter at 479-736-2601 – Ext. 3301, or email Adam_Carter@mckee.com.
All Day – Adult Coed Softball Tournament. Teams must have at least three women. Contact Jodye Pool at 479-790-8988 for more information or to sign up a team.
9:30 a.m. – Car Show, with registration beginnng at 9:30 a.m. and trophies presented at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Tammie Runyan at 479-238-4979
All Day and Evening – Food and Drink Vendors. Most opening at noon.
All Day and Evening – Inflatable rides for children, with arm bands available.
All Day – Free Rides on tractor-pulled wagons and rides on tractors.
2 to 4 p.m. – Wrestling Exhibition by Native American Wrestling.
4 to 5 p.m. – Open Mic – Performers can sing one or two songs on the Main Stage. Performers must provide their own CD backup music and check in with Michelle Finnell in the park. No preregistration is necessary – first come, first to sing! Everyone is invited to participate.
5 to 5:40 p.m. – Exhibition by cheer-leading and gymnastic teams.
6 p.m. – Little Miss and Mister Gentry Pageant. Children must live in the Gentry School District and be 4 or 5 years old as of July 1, 2013. Contact Robin Capps at 479-233-9793 for more information and entry forms.
7 p.m. – Kaylin Cripps and Band, along with a special guest who will be joining them for this special performance
8:30 p.m. – Free Chase Rice Concert. Rice, who now lives in Nashville, Tenn., is a North Carolina Tar Heel linebacker and the runner-up of the 2010 Survivor Show. He is the co-writer of the recent Country Music number one hit “Cruise.” His current single, “How She Rolls,” is climbing up the charts. Hear his music on itunes or go to www.chaserice.com.
9:45 p.m. – (Dusk) The biggest fireworks show Gentry has ever hosted, ignited by the Gentry Fire Department and volunteers.
For more information, contact Bev Saunders at 479-736-2358 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gentry Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for vendors at the annual Freedom Festival to be held July 4 at the Gentry City Park.
This year’s celebration will mark the 100th year of July 4th celebrations in the city.
Chase Rice, an up-and-coming country music star from Nashville and also a former runner-up in the Survivor TV series (from 2010), will entertain on the Main Stage at 8:30 p.m. A large free fireworks display will follow.
Opening for Chase Rice will be Kaylin Cripps of Gentry, along with her band which features outstanding musicians from Arkansas and Oklahoma.
There will be games and food in the park all day and many other performing groups.
A car show will again be held. Tammie Runyan is the coordinator for the annual event. For more information, contact her at 238-4979.
Jodye Pool will be the director of the annual July 4th softball tournament. Call Pool at 790-8988. The tournament usually fills up quickly, so don’t procrastinate.
Booth space at the event begins at $60 for a 12x12booth. To reserve booth space, please pick up an application form at Gentry City Hall or go to www.gentrychamber.com.
You may also call the Chamber office at 736-2358 to request a form by mail.
With Gentry’s July 4th Freedom Festival fast approaching, vendors are asked to complete and return the form below to reserve space at the special event.