September 27, 2013 was a first for Dumas, Arkansas. The good folks of the city saw good reason to combine their 33-year-old festival, Ding Dong Days, with their local high school homecoming. It was not a snap decision. It took some head-scratching and soul-searching to reach the decision point. After all, they were messing with some deeply entrenched traditions.
New ideas, new event in record time
With the guiding idea of exploring new options, Dumas people got their heads together for open and informed discussions. As a result, they developed a plan and in less than 12 months, the people of this Delta city hatched up a new combined event that worked like a charm. You can get more details of how this worked and see more event pictures on the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer dot-com.
The original Ding Dong Days festival started in 1980 the last week of July to coincide with the original incorporation of the city. After a few years, some dear hearts in the city began to question the importance the date tradition versus the oven-like heat of late July in the Delta. Most of us down here believe that’s a good time to stay indoors and let the AC do its trick. In case you wondered, The Ding Dong Days name came from a popular song from the 1920s, Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas. The song was popular in the Dumas area.
What the good folks in Dumas did was breathe new life into two of the biggest events in the city. In so doing, people who were nodding acquaintances at best got their heads together on a regular basis, got to know each other better, and built a strong foundation of working together for a common goal. My friends, if I am not mistaken, that is the real America.
See our 83 picture gallery of these Ding Dong Home Coming events. More parade. More people. More snakes. Click here.
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