Gong show provides fun for Relay for Life cause
The third annual Buffalo Island Relay for Life Gong Show, sponsored for the Island Girls Team, was held Friday, April 11, with real talent and "not so real" talent all for a good cause.
All proceeds from the event held at the Melody Theater in Leachville went to the Relay for Life American Cancer Society.
Sixteen acts were performed with Relay for Life Specialist Jackie Wallis of Jonesboro and sidekick Dale Blaylock of Manila serving as emcees.
Judges had a difficult time keeping up with the mallet for the gong as it kept disappearing. Judges were Dolly Parton; Lisa Spurlo (Short Island Medium); Joan Rivers (without her wig).
Ashley Hennessey, Relay for Life specialist, was also present for the event.
Acts included Judy Hampton singing "Stand by Your Man" and "When He Was on the Cross;" Jason Simpson singing "Reindeer Are Better than People; Teyha Simpson and Hannah Yost sang "Love Is an Open Door; Shelby Simpson performed "In Summer;" Steve May, the Road Hog, performed and was introduced by Michael Veloy and an original song which was gonged; Caroline Austin sang "Do You Want to Build a Snowman."
Cousin Minnie Pearl made an appearance sharing some old and new jokes; New Harmony Baptist Church group performed "What Does the Fox Say?" and Lemon Moon (Abbie Winstead) recited a poem. Jackson Pittman sang "Cruisin for A Bruisin," and Shirley Davis and JoAnn Cardin sang and later Ms. Cardin did a dance number to "Great Balls of Fire."
The winner for the adult entertainment went to Queen of Hearts, the Dancing Queen. Caroline Austin won in the children's division.
Brenda Matheny, Buffalo Island Relay for Life chair, thanked everyone for participating and attending the show for a great cause.
Other Relay events scheduled include a precious pet and cutest baby competition sponsored by the Southern Belles and Beaus. Jars will be displayed at different places and the one with the most donations, counted on Relay night, June 13, will be the winner.
The Relay will be held starting at 6 p.m. Friday, June 13, at the Leachville City Park. Survivor sign in will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The survivor social will be held at 2 p.m. June 8 at the Leachville Methodist Church fellowship hall.
There will be additional fund-raising events including a poker run on May 17 and a road block on May 24.