The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Foundation would like to thank the 250 people who attended the 9th Annual Beads, Bags, and the Bayou fundraiser. The event held at Boonie’s Bar and Grill in Hope was huge success. The evening was full of activities that included the West Memphis Band, “The Snearly Ranch Boys” who filled the venue with great music. Magician Darryl Miller entertained the crowd with many magical tricks and attendees even took home their very own balloon animal. Special guest The Duck Decoys, which features Hope’s very own Dalton Brewer, were also a hit with the crowd. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers brought a baby alligator that really set the tone for the “Bayou” themed event and was only matched by crowd participation with the celebrity duck calling contest that featured contestants Novalene Slatton, Cherry Stewart, Nicki Purifoy, Henry Struckman, Robert Green, and Dennis Ramsey. The crowd feasted on great Cajun cuisine like red beans and rice, catfish, alligator, and frog legs provided by Boonies and Amigo Juans. Alexander Jewelry, Unraveled Boutique, Accents by Gabrielle, Gary Bachers art, and the Southwest Arkansas Education Co-op were all vendors that provide great merchandise for the guest to purchase. The event also featured over 80 silent auction items from local merchants that were a great part of the event. Funds raised from the event will assist Kids’ College and Prep Academy programs at the U of A Hope-Texarkana. The Foundation would certainly like to thank the BBB Committee as well as other community volunteers to help make this annual event such a success.