The River Rats Band will be the headline entertainment for the City of Ward’s annual Fourth of July celebration. The Mountain View-based group will take the stage at the city park at 5 p.m.

"We’re glad to be a part of this. We’re really looking forward. It is great to see cities and communities having celebrations like this," band member Roger Gardner said in a recent phone interview.

Founded in 1993, the River Rats Band is a Mountain View based group, giving the audience an evening of pure family fun.

"We specialize in clean, family entertainment," Gardner stated. "We do nothing off-color. People see enough of that on television these days and hear enough of that on the radio. We have a family show."

Aside from Gardner, the River Rats Band consists of Gaylen Sandefur, Ron Hynes and Brickshy Jones. As for the music, the group is steeped in tradition and versatility.

"We give the audience a little bit of everything," Gardner said. "I love a lot of the traditional country music, like Eddy Arnold, George Jones and Ray Price. As a whole, the group performs a mix of bluegrass, country, gospel and blues. Also, Brickshy will hand out a dose of comedy. We are there to entertain, and that is what will we do."

The City of Ward’s Fourth of July celebration has become a popular staple in the community, most notably the fireworks show that will begin around 9:15 p.m.

"I am on the city council in Mountain View, and I am well aware of the importance of city events and traditions," Gardner acknowledge. "We’re honored to be a part of Ward’s celebration for this year."

Beebe native Charles Haymes is a member of the Country Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association. Email him at