The 49th Annual World Famous Armadillo Festival will kick off this week in Hamburg.

The festival begins Wednesday, May 1, with the carnival opening from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly through Friday. There will be armband specials Wednesday and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Thursday will see a crawfish and karaoke night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the festival grounds and the carnival will stay open until 11 p.m.

Friday night will be Pachanga Night from 6 to 8 p.m. and the street dance will be from 8 to 11 p.m. The night will feature a special DJ and Hispanic themed food at 6 p.m.

Saturday morning will start with a pancake breakfast at 6 a.m. at First United Methodist Church followed by the Ashley County Cares 5K/1 Mile run walk.

The Fun Run will follow at 9:30 a.m., starting at the Ashley County Health Department with awards presented in the gazebo on the town square at 10:30 a.m.

Other events at the gazebo include Armadillo Trivia at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., an Armadillo Eating Contest at 12 p.m. and various live music groups 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.

Other events Saturday include pet show on the school stage at 10:45 a.m. and a 50 Year Club Reunion at the Hamburg Middle School at noon.

The frog weigh-in will be at 1:30 p.m. and the Armadillo Races will follow at 2 p.m.

In addition to the festival events, the decorated armadillos from this year’s contest will be displayed on the lawn at the Ashley County Museum with judging and awards to take place at 1pm.

More details and information can be found on the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Facebook page at

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