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After a two-year hiatus, Searcy will be getting down again. Main Street Searcy is hosting Get Down Downtown September 23-24. The two-day festival has added new events and attractions this year, and features live music, vendors and family-friendly activities. Grab a lawn chair or quilt. It’s going to be a great event!
Headlining the festival is Southern Rock institution The Marshall Tucker Band performing on the First Security Bank Stage Saturday at 8 p.m. They are best known for classic songs “Heard It in a Love Song,” “Can’t You See,” and “Fire on the Mountain.” The Marshall Tucker Band rose to prominence from Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1972 and continues to tour with original lead vocalist and bandleader Doug Gray.
Opening act Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 24th. The band has won numerous blues competitions across the mid-south and have played on Memphis’s famed Beale Street at B.B. King’s, The Rum Boogie, The Hard Rock Cafe, King’s Palace and Blues Hall. They have also competed in the International Blues Challenge.
Appearing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday night is The Screaming Mimes. Formed in 1992 by Searcy High School chums Isaac Alexander, Rob Bell, David Shedd and Aaron Brister, The Screaming Mimes specialized in an eclectic musical style they called “rock’n-funk-a-soul.” Now celebrating their 30th anniversary, the band is reuniting for one weekend only to play their classics as well as some new tunes they wrote and recorded during the pandemic and released earlier this year.
Additional artists featured on Saturday include Anna Brinker, Brad Knupp, James Wells, Joey Evans & The Canyon Creek Band and Matt McEuen. The Friday night lineup starts at 6 p.m. and includes The Pursuit, Crutchfield and Broken Vessels.
Activities throughout the weekend include a presentation by the Little Rock Zoo, pony rides, a petting zoo and carnival games and inflatables in the Unity Health Kids Zone. On Saturday, the Unity Health Stage in Spring Park will feature Studio 122, Ukulele Bill and Taekwondo, cheer, dance and choir performances from local students.
New to Get Down Downtown this year is the Firefighter Combat Challenge from the Searcy Fire Department at 1 p.m. Saturday. Fourth-grade students from area schools will compete for the fastest time in an obstacle course of tasks firefighters face in their daily jobs.
The Funnel Cake 5K will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 on the corner of Spring and Arch Streets. Everyone who finishes the 5K will receive a voucher for a free funnel cake at the festival. Registration is $35 until Sept. 23, and $40 the day of the run. There’s also the Cotton Candy Classic, a one-mile option that is $25/$30 and receives a cotton candy voucher. Click here to register or for more information.
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