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Friday, September 18, 2009

TOP STORY >> Fallfest is evening event this year

It was so hot last year during Beebe Fallfest that some performers had the misfortune of passing out on stage.

So this year the festival will be held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., when the weather will be cooler.

But even though the event, set for Saturday, Sept. 26 will be only six hours long, organizers say it will be better than in years past with a carnival-like atmosphere.

Festivalgoers can also enjoy catfish and barbecue prepared by local vendors. In addition to catfish and barbecue, standard festival fare such as funnel cakes, hotdogs, corndogs and cotton candy will be available.

Event chairman Jesse Boyce said a food court will be available for festivalgoers who would rather sit and eat than walk around with their food, an idea borrowed from Cabotfest.

Entertainment for the event will include a pep rally with the Beebe Badger football team and cheerleaders, gospel singing by the Freedom Four and a performance by Beebe Martial Arts.

The Paper Boys, a classic rock band, will perform from 7 to 9 p.m.

The downtown section of Main Street will be roped closed to traffic for the event.

Beebe Chamber of Commerce is in charge of the festival for the third year in a row and Boyce said he is convinced it can be a moneymaker if it offers enough to draw a crowd.

In the past, the booths for businesses and organizations have offered information and possibly stickers for the children, but little else, he said. This year, booths will have games. The Kiwanis Club, for example, will have a goldfish game for children.