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Searcy’s Get Down Downtown 2023

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It’s time to Get Down Downtown! Main Street Searcy is again hosting Get Down Downtown September 29-30. It is a two-day festival with live music, attractions, family-friendly activities, vendors and events. Grab your lawn chair and come on out to Downtown Searcy!

Headlining the festival is David Lee Murphy, who will be performing on the First Security Bank stage on Saturday, September 30th at 8 p.m. Murphy is best recognized by his massive hit single “Dust On The Bottle.”  He is also known as one of Country Music’s best songwriters. He has written songs for superstar artists like Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Hank Williams Jr. and others.

The opening act, East Nash Grass, will go on at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 30th. East Nash Grass is “Nashville’s newest bluegrass ambassadors,” with a refreshing break — a balance of undeniably hard-driving bluegrass alongside surprisingly introspective songwriting and earnest narration.

One of the most popular Memphis bands ever to hit the party scene, Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster has entertained legions of fans throughout the South for more than two decades, having played thousands of shows. From disco infernos to 80s new wave, this group has created one of the most energetic and fun brands you’ll ever see. Entertaining all ages with their lighthearted, fun-filled mood, Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster dresses up in crazy clothes and brings music to life whenever they take the stage.

Scheduled performances are subject to change.

Kids Zone

The Unity Health Kid Zone will be open on Saturday, September 30th, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Lawn games, face painting, a petting zoo, inflatable jumpers, carnival games and more will be provided for kids to enjoy. Carnival games will cost 25 cents and pony rides will be $5. Performances will happen throughout Kids Zone, but Brian Kinder and Ms. Terri will be performing at 1 p.m. on the Unity Healthy Kid Zone Stage.

Scheduled performances are subject to change. Thanks to Quattlebaum Music for Kid Zone sound assistance.

Things To Do & See

Train Rides

Kids can get on board the Get Down Downtown train on Spruce Street (Courthouse Square). The Train will operate on Friday night from 6:00-9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 3:00-9:30 p.m. Brought to you in part by the Howell Realty Pros.

SFD Firefighter Combat Challenge

Watch the Searcy Fire Department’s Firefighter Combat Challenge on the Art Alley block of Arch Street Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. See area middle school students compete in a head-to-head competition of firefighter tasks.

Fire Breather

Watch fire breathing and poi performances by Matt Vandiver in the Spring Street parking lot across from First Baptist Church. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Funnel Cake 5k

The Funnel Cake 5k will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, September 30, on the corner of Spring and Arch streets. Everyone who finishes the 5k will receive a free funnel cake voucher to redeem at the festival. Registration is $35 until September 29, and the day of registration will be $40. You can also participate in the Cotton Candy Classic, which is the one-mile option. Until September 29 registration is $25, and on September 30, it will be $30. Click here to register or for more information.

Admission to Get Down Downtown is free. More information can be found here.

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Kayleigh Tritschler is fresh out of college with a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Harding University. City girl turned small town when she stayed in Searcy, AR after college to begin her career as a Marketing Coordinator at First Security Bank. Kayleigh is a book hoarder and spends some of her free time reading said books or buying new ones to collect dust.

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