CAMPAIGN SEASON:  Hunter at Ding Dong Days

  • Leif Hassell
  • CAMPAIGN SEASON: Hunter at Ding Dong Days

There’s a pattern to these Arkansas festivals I attend. There’s always music involved, whether it’s a band or a radio or some crazy guy with drums to beat upon. There’s always some manner of local crafts, face painting, and activities for the kids. There are often bouncy castles and frequently antique car shows. And there’s always food.

But on even numbered years, there are a few more booths at each event. And throughout the fairgrounds or streets or neighborhood parks, wherever you might happen to land, there are folks stumping for their favorite candidates.

Just got back from Ding Dong Days in Dumas with my friend Leif Hassell. I’ve been doing the festival circuit this year for a variety of reasons. What’s different in Dumas? Well, there’s the fact that the mayoral candidates are campaigning with cookies. One gave us macadamia nut and peanut butter cookies; the other, oatmeal cream pies and Moon Pies. Others handed out hand fans, balloons, and stickers.