Buck Creek festival planned: Music, food, duck race set for May 11-12

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Organizers of this year&8217;s Buck Creek festival in Helena hope good weather and good music will bring in a strong crowd May 11-12.

&8220;We have prayed and asked Mother Nature for no rain that day,&8221; festival chairperson Amy Lisenba said. &8220;We do need it though the week before, so the creek will run.&8221;

The festivities will have a wet theme to them with or without the rain. The duck race will go on as usual with $5 per race participant or $25 to race several ducks. Thousands of ducks are usually raced each year.

Other entertainment will take control of everyone&8217;s ears. A local country band known as Deputy 5 has its cowboy boots and hats ready to take the stage Friday night.

This band consists of bass, drums, lead guitar, acoustic guitar and two vocalists.

They cover a lot of recent hits as well as classic country.

Then Saturday, The Wet Willie Band is set to headline. Originally called Wet Willie, the band from Mobile got its start as a blues-rock band in 1969 in Panama City, Fla.

There will be 16 other bands as well as inflatables, face painting, food and various vendors.

&8220;We are expecting one of our biggest years ever,&8221; Mayor Sonny Penhale said.

All of the proceeds raised from the event will go to local charities including Safe House, Helena Kiwanis for a boundless playground and the American Cancer Society. LifeSouth will also be on-site holding a blood drive.