Final Music in the Park Saturday

By submitted, 08/13/18 9:12 AM

WASHINGTON – 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 on August 18 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. Local 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.