University of Arkansas Community College at Hope officials have been thinking about the children's rhyme, “Rain, rain, go away; come, again, another day...”
But, the National Weather Service continues to predict a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms for Thursday afternoon, forcing UACCH to reschedule its 20th annual UACCH/Lions Club Fish Fry to Monday from 4:30 – 7 p.m.
UACCH Foundation Director Jill Bobo said Tuesday the decision is disappointing, but necessary.
“We're going to have to have the first-ever postponement of the fish fry,” Bobo said. “We will probably have to reschedule some of the entertainment; but, we are going to make the best of the situation.”
She said there was a discussion about moving the event into Hempstead Hall, the new conference/fine arts center on the campus.
“But, it's just not the same atmosphere,” Bobo said. “And, we still didn't want people to have to be out in the rain to get inside Hempstead Hall.”
Still, the show will go on Monday on the front lawn of the UACCH campus, with serving beginning at 4:30 p.m., and the menu including the fabulous fried catfish of the Hope Lions Club, along with all the trimmings and drink, or fried Tyson chicken, also prepared by the Lions Club.
Parking in front of the campus administration building will be reserved for handicapped and elderly, Bobo said; but, shuttle service will be provided from other campus parking areas.
Donations taken at the ticket line will benefit the Hempstead-Lafayette Single Parent Scholarship Fund, with up to $14,000 matched by the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund.
Bobo said Tuesday that arrangements are being made for originally scheduled entertainment, including Marla Matthews, the Hope High School Jazz Cats, UACCH F.A.N. Talent winners, the Luke Methvin Band, the Hempstead County Melody Boys, and the Night Hawk Band, to perform Monday, schedules permitting.
Outdoor activities for the kids will also be provided, including an inflatable jump house, sponsored by the UACCH Nursing Club.
The National Weather Service is calling for thunderstorms across Southwest Arkansas, possibly as early as Wednesday night and into Thursday in advance of a cold front, producing possibly damaging winds, hail, and a chance for isolated tornadoes through Thursday night.