TYRONZA, AR (KAIT) – Officials in Tyronza told Region 8 News Friday the Stars & Stripes Jubilee has doubled in size over the last year. According to Mayor Marion Bearden, there were approximately 20 vendors at last year's event, but more than 40 are expected to join the celebration this weekend.
"One of the things that I wanted to do is start a festival to get the citizens out to enjoy fellowship and just to have fun so this is our eighth year and each year it's getting bigger and better," said Bearden.
Bearden said the number of vendors will bring in more customers. The more people who join, the more money the city expects to bring in.
"Hopefully it'll help bring in some sales tax dollars and let everybody see what Tyronza is all about," said Bearden.
Bearden said live music and entertainment will be provided throughout the weekend. She said the music is free to the public.
"Our phone has been ringing off the wall this year. We have 43 vendors that are going to be coming in. they are from out of state. We have them from Tennessee and Mississippi," said Bearden. "Exhibitors are here and we just want the folks to come out and enjoy it."
Bearden hopes as many as 600 people attend.
"I think our festival is a way of people just getting together, having time to get down in their lawn chairs, talk to friends. we live in a fast paced society and it's a lot of times you do good to wave to your neighbor but this is just a way to come out, have fun, talk to your friends and make new friends," said Bearden.
Bearden said she was going to recognize two soldiers with the Charlie Company who were in tears when the city welcomed them home.
"These two individuals are part of the Charlie Company and several years ago when the traveling Vietnam wall was coming to marked tree, these gentlemen were on the bus and came down to the wall," said Bearden. "They said that was the first time that they had received a welcome home and it just brought tears to their eyes."
"These two gentlemen have traveled from Maryland to join us this weekend so we're very proud to have them," said Bearden.
"Our soldiers have done for us that we had the freedom to do this and just to come out and enjoy yourselves and to fellowship and have a good time," said Donna Wood. "They've just kind of adopted Tyronza and they've come out to celebrate with us this year."