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Southern Threads set to hold back to school bash

by Matthew Hutcheson | August 11, 2021 at 12:00 a.m.

School is set to begin across the county next week and El Dorado-based boutique Southern Threads plans to mark the occasion.

On Saturday, the store will hold its second annual Back to School Bash, inviting cheerleaders from across the county to perform and help start the semester with a burst of school spirit.

Store owner Hannah Pitre said the evening had an "amazing" turnout last year and expects similar results with this year's expanded events.

"We only had Parkers Chapel and El Dorado last year, but this year we invited more local schools. So, we'll have Parkers Chapel, El Dorado, Smackover and Junction City," Pitre said.

The varsity cheerleading squads from each of these school districts will be on hand and perform cheers and dances.

The event itself begins around 11 a.m.; Parkers Chapel will perform at 11:30, followed by El Dorado at 11:40, Smackover at 11:50 and Junction City at noon.

Pitre said the cheerleaders will perform in the courtyard in front of the store. Southern Threads will also be launching some new "gameday tees" in partnership with clothing company Charlie Southern on Saturday as well as offering new back to school clothing options, according to Pitre.

Additionally, any customer who makes a purchase from the store will receive a free snow cone from the Sno Shack, who will be set up at the event. There will also be a pop-up shop offering back to school cookies courtesy of Katelyn Birchfield.

"The idea is just to get everyone excited for back to school and to give the community something to do," Pitre said.

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