36th annual Rice Festival held in Weiner this weekend

WEINER, AR (KAIT)- Weiner welcomes the public this weekend out to the 36thannual Rice Festival along with a street dance, rides and vendors. Weiner isthe first town that held a local festival in this state resulting with theGovernor 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 justcooking rice to promote rice. So, it was really just the farmer's wivessupporting their husbands in the rice industry. Since that time, it's justgrown."

Friday night started with a Pageant which was later followed by astreet 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 ina 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 atfour o'clock on Saturday.

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