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Lum and Abner Festival in Mena this weekend

By: 2 June 2011 2 Comments

Yes, the time is almost here — the 34th Annual Lum and Abner Festival will take place in Mena, Ark., this weekend.

The event kicks off in earnest on Thursday (June 2) and is set to hit full stride on Friday and Saturday. You’ll find a full schedule of events here and a history of the Arkansas comedy duo here. We’ll have some photos of the event and a writeup of the goings on here at First Arkansas News, so make sure to stop in if you’re in need of a recap after the event has ended.

And, yes, First Arkansas News will be present at the event. Site founder Ethan C. Nobles and Donnie Pitchford, president of the National Lum and Abner society, will be on hand at the festival at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday to promote their latest project — a Lum and Abner comic strip.

If you somehow missed out on the details of the pending comic strip, just click here to read all about it and go here to read about how our readers can help make this project come to life (here’s a hint — that “Donate” link flanked by the images of Lum and Abner isn’t there just because it looks great). With any luck, we’ll be able to start posting those weekly within a month or so.

Meanwhile, Lum and Abner fans owe it to themselves to head on over to the festival in Mena if they’re in the area and have the time this weekend. Chet Lauck and Tuffy Goff created those old time radio (OTR) characters 80 years ago and one can’t help but wonder if those two small town Arkansas boys had the faintest idea they came up with something that people would still get together and talk about all these years later.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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