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— The Chamber of Commerce is continuing to make plans for the upcoming Oct. 10 Fall Festival. Included in the planning are the following activities and events:

• Miss Octoberfest;

• Sky divers from Sky Ranch in Siloam Springs;

• Car show sponsored by Gentry Fire Dept.;

• Softball tournament;

• Poker run;

• Quilt show;

• Kyla Horton concert;

• Pumpkin painting;

• Wrestling show;

• Turning Point worship concert;

• Tug-a-fire-truck contest;

• Food and games;

• Inflatable rides;

• Safari rides and petting zoo;

• Talent show;

• Wagon rides;

• Balloons;

• Entertainment by Meagan White;

• Food booths and game booths hosted by Gentry United Way agencies;

• Commercial booths;

• A televised Razorback game; and a

• Blast from the past concert.

Featured entertainment at this year's festival is Blast from the Past, featuring the music of Conway Twitty, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley. These entertainers and their bands will take the stage at 7 p.m. in the Gentry City Park. The concert will be free, but concert goers will need to bring their own lawn chairs if they wish to listen in comfort.

And, with the Fall Festival fast approaching, it's time once again to enter quilts in the annual quilt show.

Last year's show featured more than 85 quilts from across the region, with some being very rare and unique. Show coordinator Janie Parks expects even more quilts to be displayed this year.

Quilt makers may enter modern, antique, miniature and applique quilts, either handor machine-stitched. Applications may be picked up at Parks Lumber Co., 121 S. Nelson Street, Gentry. For more information or application forms, call Janie Parks at 479-936-1498 or 736-2340.

Gentry's Got Talent, an open talent show, will begin around 3 p.m. in the performing pavilion. A $200 cash first-place prize and a $100 cash runner-up prize will be awarded. The prizes are sponsored by Arvest Bank.

Entry forms may be obtained at Gentry City Hall or by calling 736-2358 to receive one by mail. There is no entry fee for the competition, but forms must be postmarked no later than Oct. 5 or turned into Gentry City Hall no later than Oct 6.

News, Pages 8 on 09/30/2009

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