HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) - The Festival on The Ridge attracts people from all across Region 8 to the town of Harrisburg, and a huge economic boost for local businesses, who spent Friday prepping for big crowds.
"We expect to have a big weekend," said Theresa Pippinger, who owns the Past Time Bar and Grill in Harrisburg. Pippinger is locked and loaded to bring in big business this weekend. "We have ordered extra food, brought in more employees to make sure that we're staffed," said Pippinger.
She's fully staffed to handle the crowd from the 14th Annual Festival on The Ridge. And their business is located right in the heat of the activities. "We're the only restaurant downtown. So the festival will be downtown. We're here. It'll be nice and cool in here. It'll be great," said Pippinger.
Past Time Bar & Grill just opened its doors this past November. Since they're still just getting on their feet, the festival will be a great way to get some exposure. "We haven't had huge ability to get our name out there. So, this will be great," said Pippinger.
But they weren't the only ones getting prepared, for the big day, tents were going up and you could smell the fresh paint, as crews worked to get downtown Harrisburg ready for the big event. Organizer Mauria Morgan with the Chamber of Commerce says it gets bigger every year. "it started out with a couple of vendors and some local talent and people probably just hanging around the court house, but now we have over 60 vendors. Probably three years ago we were just on the front of the court house and now we're going to be all around the court house," said Morgan.
Morgan says there will be activities for the whole family, and the event will end with a bang. "We've got a BMX stunt show, helicopter rides, and to top this year we have our fireworks festival at 9:30pm to that's going to be a lot of fun so please come," said Morgan.