Regular attendees of the annual October Daze in downtown Booneville may not fully recognize the festival Saturday.
Those who attend the festival’s pageant will doubtless see an unfamiliar face on hand as Claudia Raffo, Miss Arkansas 2018, will be crowning the winner of the Miss Harvest pageant.
Raffo was crowned Miss Arkansas last summer in Hot Springs. She qualified for the scholarship pageant by being named Miss Historic Batesville. The 22-year old is a Jonesboro native. She is a University of Arkansas for Medical Science College of Pharmacy student.
The pageant will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday — registration will begin an hour earlier.
There are seven divisions for ladies including the Miss Harvest for those age 19 to 21. Other divisions are for baby (0 to 1 year), toddlers (2 to 3), Tiny (4 to 6), Little (7-9), Junior (10-13) and Teen (14-18). There is a single male division for boys age 0 to 6.
Also new this year is a petting zoo will be available, as well as train rides and a BB gun range according to Chamber officials.
You can also take a chance on a chicken drop. As of last week a limited number of $10 tickets were available for the hope of where a chicken decides to go among a board of 100 squares. The winner will receive $400 according to Chamber director Susan Bulger.
There are also a variety of booths including crafts to foods to the standard face painting and more.
Also among the typical are the scarecrow contest and vendor booths. Forms for the scarecrow contest, which is a cash prize contest, are available at the Chamber office.
A limited number of booth spaces were available last week so Chamber officials say anyone interested in setting up a spot should do so quickly.
In keeping with tradition there will also be a kids zone featuring multiple “bounce houses” and local event regulars, the Sweet River Band will be performing and the car/truck/tractor show is also returning, though the location of the vehicles is changing to along Second Street in front of the Savage Theater building.