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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Springfest a rousing success

  • The perfect weather combined with excellent planning and participation drew crowds to downtown Heber Springs making it one of the most successful Springfest celebrations in recent years.
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  • Mother Nature smiled on Springfest this year.  The perfect weather combined with excellent planning and participation drew crowds to downtown Heber Springs making it one of the most successful Springfest celebrations in recent years.
     
    The events kicked off Friday afternoon as vendors and activities for all ages, including the Elementary Honor Choir, Heber Springs Line Dancers, and a performance by Eleven Cent Ransom.
     
    Saturday was the big day, however and the Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce knew it was going be a banner celebration as crowds poured into Spring Park starting early in the day.  A new addition this year was the Pooches Panache Beauty & Talent Contest for dogs.  Another addition this year was the political stumping at pie auction that took place that afternoon, with over 25 candidates either speaking or sending representatives to speak to the crowd for 3 minutes each, interrupted only be the auctioning of delicious homemade pies and cupcakes donated to the event.  These events were on top of the traditional favorites like the Butterfly Pavilion, Imagine That band, Arkansas Children’s Theatre, and the Mountain Top Volkswagen Show.
     
    Antique and unique cars were part of a car show that took place on the courthouse lawn. Thirty-seven trophies were awarded to winners.  The top nine car/ truck winners were: Norm Quarles, Harold Quarles, Reid Wetherford, David Laire, Butch Perry, Terry Williams, Mike Cothren, Carl Glaze, and Margaret Henson. Best of Show went to Ricky VanWinkle. The top three motorcycle winners were: Ed Dowell, first, Randy Johnson, second, and Tim Brewer, third.  Dwight Hall won for best Chevrolet, Loyce Culwell won for best Ford, and Perry Smith won for best Dodge. The Arkansas Dream Center Heber Springs Food Truck received a $1,200 donation following the annual Springfest Car Show in Heber Springs Saturday. "I want this money to stay local and benefit local children," said show sponsor Rick Skinner.
     
    Walking from the square to Spring Park, visitors were treated with artists in action on the corner of 3rd & Main in front of Ellen Hobgood & Associates art gallery.
     
    The Creative Arts Society had an excellent display for this year’s Springfest.  Eighteen artists took part with over 100 pieces of art.
     
    A new inflatables vendor gave the kids a refreshing and fun way to enjoy this year’s Springfest with multiple slides and other pieces that proved very popular.
     
    This year’s celebration was one to remember.  When told it was one the best in recent years, Chamber Director Melisa Gardner responded, “It was done with lots of help and perfect weather!”
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