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36th annual Rice Festival held in Weiner this weekend

WEINER, AR (KAIT)- Weiner welcomes the public this weekend out to the 36th annual Rice Festival along with a street dance, rides and vendors. Weiner is the first town that held a local festival in this state resulting with the Governor sanctioning the event as the "Arkansas Rice Festival".

 

Tisha Westerman, the Commercial Building Director of the event says, "My mother was one of the original rice festival ladies. They started out just cooking rice to promote rice. So, it was really just the farmer's wives supporting their husbands in the rice industry. Since that time, it's just grown."

 

Friday night started with a Pageant which was later followed by a street dance. Saturday will be an all day event with a Weiner dog race, scavenger hunt, carnival, food, and live music.

 

Tisha is looks forward to the whole event especially since it's in a small town atmosphere with a lot of big hearts.

 

"Our community is small," Tisha says, "but we're like a big family. And so, we just all need a time where we can enjoy one another and have fun."

 

A new event making its premiere this year is Rice Wrestling at four o'clock on Saturday.

 

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