BENTON — Jamie Smith posted a reporter’s notebook earlier this week about the big Bike, Blues and BBQ shindig in Fayetteville.
I thought that was a great idea. Such a great idea, in fact, that I figured I’d swipe it and post a reporter’s notebook of my very own about Old Fashioned Day in Benton.
Old Fashioned Day is a big deal here in Benton and was held today for the 36th year. In addition to giving Saline County residents (and some out-of-area folks, too) together for a day of fun, music, food, arts and crafts, etc., the event serves as a major fundraiser for Central Arkansas Development Council Benton Senior Activity Center and Saline County Council on Aging.
So, what was Old Fashioned Day like this year? Have a look at some photos I grabbed with my trusty iPhone and see for yourself.
Trying to figure out what to do and see on Old Fashioned Day? A handy list of events is certainly convenient.
Politicians, as is often the case, were out in force on Old Fashioned Day. Here's U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and my daughter, Brenda SueCarol Nobles.
Want another photo of a politician? OK. Here's Benton Mayor Rick Holland and my son, Michael Wesley Nobles. After this photo, Holland recruited Michael and another friend of ours, Mason Newberry, to grab some bales of hay and contribute to the decor around Old Fashioned Day. Remember -- this is one of those events just made for sitting on a bale of hay and eating a corn dog.
Speaking of food, gator on-a-stick?
Yeah. Gator on-a-stick...
Not brave enough to try gator on-a-stick? The Pit Crew Bar-B-Q was one of many vendors on hand offering up an alternative.
And now, back to politics for a second. The Tea Party was on hand and attracted more than a few people out celebrating Old Fashioned Day.
This vehicle was popular with people who turned out for Old Fashioned Day, too. You're looking at a 1932 Chevrolet 2-Door Coach owned by Earl Cloud. This gem has been in Cloud's family since 1933 when his grandfather bought it used for $375 (wish we could bring back those prices, huh?) The vehicle has never spent a night outside and is in remarkable shape. Hey, what's Old Fashioned Day without a little history?
Here's a car that's a bit newer -- a 1998 Cadillac. Parkview United Methodist Church in Benton was selling off raffle tickets to give this fine vehicle away. Not a bad prize at all, particularly since the vehicle was well-maintained and drives like a charm.
Yes, the kids had plenty to do, too. Here's Brenda SueCarol Nobles strapped into a device that simply amplified her natural habit of jumping around constantly. This photo also shows that the iPhone 4 struggles a bit with taking 'motion' photos.
Dogs were all over the place on Old Fashioned Day. They always are.
And, of course, a lot of country music is heard during Old Fashioned Day. Here's the Mark Owens Country Band.
There were plenty of arts and crafts, too. Here's a personal favorite.
Just a shot of the historic Saline County Courthouse on the Benton skyline. That was originally built in 1902 and the bulk of Old Fashioned Day vendors set up on the courthouse lawn.