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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Springfest starts today!

  • Springfest 2014 is shaping up to be a banner year with events and activities that will be fun for everyone.
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  • Springfest 2014 is shaping up to be a banner year with events and activities that will be fun for everyone. 
     
    “We really wanted to bring something new this year,” said Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Director Melisa Gardner. 
     
    Along with the traditional favorites, such as the Butterfly Tent and Volkswagen displays on the Spring Park terrace, the Chamber has planned some new additions for this year. 
     
    “We’ve opened it up to commercial vendors this year, so it will be a little bit different,” said Gardner.  “Of course there will be the political booths.  We have new inflatables for the kids. We have the “It’s All Art” art show, along with the art displays put on by Ellen Hobgood and Associates.”
     
    “The Creative Arts Society will be in the General Baptist Church, so that will be a draw for the downtown area,” continued Gardner.  “The VW Car Show will be here and there will be another car show on the square.”
     
    Eleven Cent Ransom out of Drasco will be performing Friday night and local favorite Imagine That will take the stage Saturday night.  A dog show is also planned for the festival. 
     
    This being a political year, candidates will be out in full force and a political stumping and pie auction is planned in the band shell at 5pm on Saturday.  “We invited candidates from national, statewide, and local races to come speak.  They’re allowed 3 minutes and in between candidates stumping we’ll auction off pies and cakes made by our downtown merchants,” said Mary Margaret Couch of Downtown Heber Springs.
     
    Another event that seems to have become an unofficial tradition is a spring shower, which almost without fail seems to hit on at least one of the days of the festival.  We’ll see if Mother Nature makes her presence known again this year. 
     
    Following is a list of events at this year’s Springfest:’
     
        Friday, April 25th - 12 - 7 PM - Creative Arts Society Show -Downtown
                Spring Park - Booths, Butterfly Pavilion, Food Vendors Children's Activities
                                     1:30 PM - Heber Springs Elementary Honor Choir
    Page 2 of 3 -                                       2 PM - Heber Springs Line Dancers 
                                          5 PM - Eleven Cent Ransom - Band
                                         
              Saturday, April 26-10 AM - 7 PM - Car Show & Creative Arts Society Show -Downtown
                      Spring Park - Arts & Craft Booths, Demonstrations,  Butterfly Pavilion, 
                                            Food Vendors, Children's Activities, Mtn. Top Volkswagen Show
                                        10 AM - Pooches with Panache Beauty & Talent Contest
                                        12 PM - Ronald McDonald
                                          1 PM - Blayk Puckett - Magician
                                          3 PM - Arkansas Children's Theatre Presentation
                                          4 PM - Judi King Dancers
                                          5 PM - Political Stumping & Pie Auction
    Page 3 of 3 -                                       6 PM - Springfest Car Parade - Line-up at HARPS
                                          7 PM - Imagine That Band - Amphitheatre

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