After another Walmart stop, we headed out this morning from Louisiana, bound for Conway, Arkansas. None of us had ever before visited Arkansas. It's crazy that we've been to this many states on this tour and very soon all of us can claim all 50. That's not to say that we've never been through some of these remaining states before- in fact for me, I only have three left to reach the mark of 50.
This was yet another short, pleasant drive. We rolled into Conway early enough to find the stage, then had time to visit McDonald's for ice cream before setting up (this was a good thing, because it was 94 degrees and HUMID outside). The stage, entitled the "Kris Allen Stage", was in a public square in downtown Conway. We've been on every imaginable type of stage on this tour- mostly indoors but quite a few outdoors, big, small, high ceilings and almost no height at all, and some that weren't really a stage but more of a big space that everyone could sit around and see the show. The Kris Allen stage was the best yet as far as outdoor stages are concerned. It was a huge elevated concrete stage with a big awning over the entire space, complete with lights and a gigantic seating area. Major touring acts have played here. Pastor Derek brought in metal bleachers and set up additional seating in front.
Speaking of Pastor Derek- this guy was great! He's the lead Pastor of Sold Out Church in Conway. They're really big on using creative means to reach their community. They have a big segment of their church that's comprised of bikers! So... when Silas and Clay had to use the restroom and there were none anywhere near the stage, Pastor Derek volunteered to take them to the church- via Harley Davidson! Both boys were absolutely thrilled!
So, the show got underway and we all had a great time. No rain this time before, during, or after- bonus! Here's a shot with the crowd:
After loading up, we headed on to Missouri to be ready for tomorrow. It now technically IS tomorrow, as I'm writing this at 3:45 A.M. at our hotel in Branson, Missouri. Thirty nine down, eleven to go!