Music in the Park 2018: Hempstead County Melodies

By Staff, 08/6/18 9:42 AM

Historic Washington State Park announces the annual summer concert series “Music in the Park” with the theme “Hempstead County Melodies.” A final free concert will be held in August and is open to the public. 

Hempstead County was formed on December 15, 1818. This year is the 200th birthday of the county that originally encompassed all of Southwest Arkansas and parts of Northeast Texas. This year the music has focused on Hempstead County bands.

A song competition will begin the evening where musicians must perform and original song about some aspect of Hempstead County. Area judges will award $1,000 in total prizes at the end of the evening to the top three best songs about Hempstead County.  Applications for the contest can be received by calling the Park Visitor Center at 870-983-2684. Applications to perform must be postmarked by August 3, 2018. Learn more and apply for the music contest at Hempstead County band “Bluegrass Reunion” will conclude the evening with the final performance.

Bring your lawn chairs or blanket to spread on the grounds of the 1874 Courthouse by       7:30 p.m. on concert dates. The gift shop will be open for refreshments and Williams’ Tavern Restaurant will be open from 11 am – 7 pm for dining. For more information, call              870-983-2684.