The 49th Annual World Famous Armadillo Festival is approaching and to celebrate the Ashley County Museum is sponsoring an armadillo decorating contest.

The first armadillo of the contest, a wood cutout that has been named Tallulah, is currently displayed on the Ashley County Museum lawn.

This year’s festial will be May 1 to 4 with the first night being armband night at the carnival.

Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors President Tracey Longstreth said the festival will be mostly the same as previous years, but they have added or brought back a few events.

One of the new events will be a crawfish and karaoke night on Thursday evening. Longstreth said there will be a vendor there selling crawfish and karaoke will be open to anyone who wants to participate.

Friday night will be a Pechanga night, Longstreth said. The night will feature a special DJ and Hispanic-themed food at 6 p.m. Pechanga night will end at 8 p.m., but there will be another DJ from 9 to 11 p.m. and other festival activities.

Saturday will also have armband events during the day and live music starting at 3 p.m.

The first band of the afternoon will be the Cummings Prison Band followed by the Haylee Creek Boys from Promiseland.

Barrett Pepper will perform at 7 p.m. and Thumpdaddy from Memphis will be the night’s featured entertainment at 9 p.m.

Those interested in participating in the armadillo decorating contest may contact Annette Weindorf at 870-853-6508.

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