Cabot’s annual festival, CabotFest, gets rolling on Thursday when carnival rides open at 6 p.m. in down-town Cabot.


The carnival continues through Saturday, with it opening at 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.


Armbands can be purchased from the Chamber of Commerce for $20 in advance or $25 each on the day of the festival.


CabotFest, now in its 38th year, officially opens with a ceremony at 5:45 p.m. and will end at 10 p.m. on Saturday night.


Sandwiched in between is an impressive list of musical acts on two stages, along with numerous food vendors and local businesses showing off their wares.


On Friday, on the State Farm Insurance (Stephanie May) Stage, the battle of the bands will start at 6 p.m. That will be followed by everyone’s favorite 90s local band, Tragikly White, at 7:45 p.m. The win-ner of the Battle of the Bands will be announced that night and they’ll play at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.


Saturday gets started early though as dance, gymnastics, the Cabot Community Theatre, Limelight Per-formance Academy, among others, will get started at 9 a.m.


That’s just performing though.


The day really starts at 6 a.m. when the Cabot Lions Club has its annual pancake breakfast.


It will be held at the Cabot First Baptist Fellowship Hall and tickets are $5 for adults and children 10 and under are $2 each.


Tickets can be purchased at the door, with carry out orders available.


The music gets going at 12:55 p.m. with the Larry Weathers Band, followed by:


CabotFest Pageant winners, 1:45 p.m.


Luke Williams, 2 p.m.


Luke Erwin, 2:45 p.m.


TJ Ashley Band, 3:45 p.m.


Just Sayin Band, 5 p.m.


On the Waste Connections Stage, the shows get rolling at 9 a.m. with the Cabot Public Schools.


That’s followed by the Battle of the Bands winner, then Bree Ogden at 3 p.m. and on each consecutive hour, Sally Howell and Bailey Hefley, respectively.


CabotFest started in 1978 in response to the 1976 tornado that devastated Cabot with the first year theme being, “Cabot, We’re Back.”


It has grown to one of the largest annual events in central Arkansas with at least 20,000 expected to attend.