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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Quitman Fest begins Saturday

  • Quitman will be celebrating Quitman Fest on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
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  • Quitman will be celebrating Quitman Fest on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. at the Quitman Sports Complex. According to Quitman Mayor Cyndi Kerr, Quitman Fest has been a Quitman staple for several years, though not all in a row. “We’ve been holding Quitman Fest for several years, then we stopped, started it back up again for a couple years and stopped again,” she said. “However, this is the second year in a row we’ve brought it back and it is already bigger than last year. We went from about 25 vendors last year to over 60 this year.”
    The extra vendors are allowing lower costs to get in and participate in events. “Admission is $2 for all and that gets everyone in for all events except for the carnival type games, petting zoo, and pony rides,” Kerr said.
    According to Kerr the festival will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with an antique car show from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., over 60 arts and crafts vendors, inflatables and other entertainment for children, and several food vendors including Cajun food. “There will be an old timers softball game beginning at 6:30 p.m. and two great bands, Reading Ezra, a contemporary Christian rock band, that will perform at 5 p.m. and Storm, a rock band, that will perform at 7:30 p.m. Our goal is to get families out to enjoy a day together and listen good music and generally have a good time.”
    There will be plenty of parking at the sports complex, which is also well lit.
    According to Kerr, all the money from Quitman Fest will go toward the library. “We’ve already started construction and it will be finished in December,” Kerr said. “This is a good community structure and we are wanting to get it paid off as quickly as possible and all the money from the festival will go directly to the library.”
    For more information you can visit their website: www.quitmanfest.com or visit their Facebook page:
    www.facebook.com/Quitmanfest.
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