With the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival a shade over three months away, the shakers and movers were out en force Tuesday gathering their first plate of sausage biscuits for delivery to one of many patrons before the performers arrive for the 25th annual event on Oct. 7-9.

 

With the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival a shade over three months away, the shakers and movers were out en force Tuesday gathering their first plate of sausage biscuits for delivery to one of many patrons before the performers arrive for the 25th annual event on Oct. 7-9.
Executive Director Munnie Jordan and her closest allies, fund raising coordinators Bernadette Messina and Linda Broome, met at Kelley’s to watch Edna Mitchell make biscuits from scratch before moving on to Norac.
Jordan declared that the success of the 2010 festival and its future had and would continue to rely on the outpouring of financial support and corps of volunteers.
 “We knead your dough,” Jordan said, keying on Mitchell’s preparing the dough for the biscuits.
Asked how many biscuits she had prepared during the past 17 years for festival patrons and the public in general, Mitchell said, “Too many to count that’s for sure.”
 Jordan said four of the committees – food vendors, arts and crafts, volunteers and kids zone – are being assembled as part of the countless hours that will go into the preparation for the festival.
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Legendary blues performer B.B. King will headline the 2010 festival making his appearance about 9:30 p.m. Oct. 7 on the festival stage. A festival brochure highlighting the 25-year history of the event originally called the King Biscuit Blues Festival borrowed from one of King’s all-time hits “The Thrill Is Gone.”
 “At last, B.B. will finally be here,” Jordan said.
 Other nightly headlines will be Dr. John & the Lower 911 on Oct. 8 and Taj Mahal on Oct. 9.
The attractions outside of the music itself will be the staging of the 5K and 10K runs the morning of Oct. 9, the barbecue contest chaired by Jay Hollowell and the souvenir store manned by Main Street Helena.
The VIP party will precede the event opened to those with a contribnution of at least $500.
Bubba Sullivan, one of the original members of the
Sonny Boy Blues Society that created the festival in 1986, commended Jordan’s leadership.
“This festival depends largely on Munnie’s ability to generate both the money and the interest in the festival,” Sullivan said.
The SBBS members are the owners and producers of the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival.
What began in 1986 as a way to revive Helena has turned into one of the largest and most attended festivals in the South.