Events for Ding Dong Days 2014 begin on Saturday September 13 with the Ding Dong Days Pagent followed Tuesday, September 16, 2014 with the Ding Dong Days Barbeque Dinner — and go through September 21, 2014, with an open house at the Desha County Museum.
Ding Dong Days Fun Day is Saturday September 20, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. at Memorial Park in Dumas.
Forms for Arts and Crafts exhibitors, concessionaires, the parade application, the 5K application, the 5K flier, and baggo tournament and BBQ Cook-off are available. Click here for these forms.
2014 Ding Dong Days Schedule
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Tuesday, September 16
- 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Chamber barbecue dinner - tickets, $10.00 advance or at the door – Dumas Community Center (carry out is available from 5:00 – 6:30)
Thursday, September 18
- 10:00 a.m., Laying of the wreath – Dumas Jr. High
- 7:00 p.m., Jr. High football game – Tidwell Field in Dumas
Friday, September 19
- 2:00 p.m., Homecoming festivities – Dumas New Tech High School gym
- 4:30 p.m., Ding Dong Days Homecoming Parade sponsored by M&F Bank – Lineup starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Dumas Community Center – Parade route begins at the Community Center on Belmont Drive to Meador Drive ending at the Dumas High School
- 6:00 p.m., Homecoming ceremonies – Tidwell Field
- 7:00 p.m., Homecoming football game – Tidwell Field
Saturday, September 20
- 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Merle Peterson Memorial Pancake Breakfast – First United Methodist Church, Court Street
- 8:00 a.m., Ding Dong Days 5K Walk/Run – Court Street – sponsored by the Daughters of Charity Services of Arkansas – Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
Ding Dong Days – Fun Day Activities
- Charles Holloway Antique Car Show
- Menards Manufacturing BBQ Contest
- Dumas Booster Club Softball Tournament
- Ding Dong Days Tennis Tournament – sponsored by Simmons Bank
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Fun Day at Memorial Park
- Baggo – UMY
- Arkansas Ag Balloon Artist
- Prison Band
- Tug-O-War – lst Baptist Youth
- Build A Bear – Everett GMC
- Ding Dong Eating Contest – Chris Hays, Atty. at Law
- Horseshoe Tournament – Whaley’s Collision Repair
- Arts & Crafts
- Basketball Tournament – Dumas Basketball Boosters
- Food Vendors
- WSL Sweet Shop
- Texas Hold 'Em — Women’s Service League –
Dumas Art Center
a great place
to live and work
Welcome to Dumas, our home town. We like it here and we believe you will too. This is a good place to live, work, and raise your family. These are pictures from 2013 Dumas High School Homecoming / Ding Dong Days, our signature community-wide event, where there is something for everyone.
Thanks for visiting with us. This is our home town and we are glad to be here. We have good schools, nice churches, stores, good neighborhoods, and good places to work in a small town atmosphere where being friends is a way of life.
Where we are
We are in Southeast Arkansas in Desha County, 88 miles southeast of Little Rock, in the Delta.
What you'll find in Dumas
We are home to the Desha County Museum, Miller's Mud Mill and famous Esau's Sweet Corn. Desha County is at the convergence of the White, Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers. Our Levee along the Mississippi River is the longest in the U.S. Great views of the river.
The great outdoors
Desha County is legendary for outdoor sports. We have excellent fishing on our many lakes, bayous, and the Arkansas River. Since we are in the middle of the Mississippi River Flyway, duck hunters love us. The section of the Arkansas River nearest us is the site of some of the best bass tournaments in the nation.
Cool main street
Our Dumas Main Street is listed as a commercial historic district by the National Register of Historic Places. Along Main you will find Meador's Drug Store with an old fashioned 1940s soda fountain. You’ll also find the Dumas Area Arts Center, home of community theatre productions and a popular annual Gospel fest.
Meet with us
Our fine 34,000 sq. ft Community Center is perfect for meetings, reunions, seminars and other gatherings. Nearby motels and restaurants offer good food and accommodations.
National Historic Site
Rohwer, just a short drive from Dumas is the site of a World War II Japanese relocation center. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. There are several Indian burial mounds nearby.
We are agri
Here in the Delta, we are an agricultural community. Area farmers raise cotton, rice, soybeans, wheat, corn and other small grains. Dumas is also a center of aquaculture. Local fish farmers produce high-quality catfish. Because of nearby crops and fish production, argri-product processing is an important part of our economy.
Dumas is home to some great employers: Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Central Wire, USA Holland, Akin Healthcare - a Joerns Healthcare Company, Delta Supreme Catfish Processors, Delta Memorial Hospital, and the Dumas School District.
High-tech in the Delta
Delta Technology Education Center with partnerships with UAPB, Phillips Community College, SEARK, Pine Bluff and UAM School of Technology, McGehee and Arkansas Workforce Services provides home-town educational opportunities in contemporary technologies.
We are a progressive southern delta town