JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - One of the biggest bands in history made a surprise trip to a city in northeast Arkansas, although it was in 1964. That's when the Beatles landed at the airport in Walnut Ridge.
Monday, members of the Downtown Walnut Ridge Association received the deed to a location where a large sculpture commemorating this event will soon be placed.
Walnut Ridge resident, Charles Snapp and his wife are donating the land they own on Second Street in the downtown area of Walnut Ridge where the statue will be. Snapp says this is something they felt they needed to do for the town they love. "This is our way to be able to give back to the community to where everybody will benefit. These are projects that are going to benefit sales tax revenue of tours coming to town for years. Sales tax benefits everybody in the county."
The tribute will be twenty feet wide, ten feet tall and have over four hundred man hours of etching in the background.
Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House says he was thrilled when he first heard about the project and believes it will be very beneficial to the city. "Tourism creates business and our local businesses will be able to grow as a result. This is altogether a very positive thing."
Mayor House says this project was community generated primarily by donations, and when the idea first reached him two years ago, he says something about it felt right. "Someone came up and said 'Hey we want to give a tribute to the Beatles.' And I thought, you know what that makes sense. It's a little farfetched, but it makes sense."
The statue was originally going to be placed at the airport, but Snapp says due to conflicts with FAA and the prospect of huge crowds, they decided to change the location to downtown Walnut Ridge.
The official unveiling of the statue will be on September the 18th.
For more information about this project, you can log onto their website.