August 3, 2004 -- Posted at: 11:00p.m. CDT
We were with him for 5 of his stops. The mayor took time to shake what seemed like a hundred hands, and made sure to partake in plenty of prepared food along the way. Two of his favorites: hot dogs and ice cream. He admitted the food is something he enjoys, but said the results after the festivities have ended is what makes the yearly event so important.
"It's kind of like a watch party, because they learn then to watch things, and watch their neighbors and to see everything that's going, so it's great, because... and the kids get to mix, and that's what life is about, and that's what we're wanting to do in Jonesboro," said Mayor Brodell.