Fallin’ Blackbird 5K on Oct. 5

Do you remember that time all those Blackbirds fell from the sky in Beebe? 

Well, as a tribute to the fallin’, the Beebe Chamber of Commerce will host the Inaugural Fallin’ Blackbird Festival and the Second Annual Fallin’ Blackbird 5K on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Historic Downtown Beebe.

Registration is open for festival vendors and 5K participants, and can be found at beebechamberofcommerce.com. Event updates can also be found on the Chamber’s social media pages.

The fun-filled day will start with the Fallin’ Blackbird 5K. The route for this year’s race is certified and runners will be able to use the race as a qualifier.

Check-in for the 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Beebe Chamber of Commerce at 102 N. Main St. in Downtown Beebe. The 1-Mile Kids Fun Run will take place at 8:30 a.m. with the 5K run following at 9 a.m. 

“We held the first-ever Fallin’ Blackbird 5K last year and had over 250 runners flock to Beebe to run and take part in the fun,” said Beebe Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mindi Rice. “The runners loved the fun approach to this odd occurrence. Some dressed in quirky bird attire for the race, and it seemed everyone loved the blackbird themed T-shirts and medals. The event was so successful, we decided to rebrand the Beebe Fall Festival as the Fallin’ Blackbird Festival this year.”

The Fallin’ Blackbird Festival will take place on Main Street in Downtown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

This year’s festival will feature food trucks and a variety of vendors with tasty treats, a Kids Zone and plenty of arts, crafts and other vendors.

The Main Stage will feature entertainment from The Chris Baker Band and Joshua Dorgan as well as local youth performing martial arts and dance. The grand finale will be a live bird show featuring Rodney Paul of Raptor Rehab of Central Arkansas and his feathered friends.

“We invite everyone to come and experience all that Beebe has to offer while enjoying this very unique 5K and festival. There will be something for everyone and fun for all ages,” said Rice.