BBQ Fest makes big impact on downtown businesses

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The 5th annual BBQ fest was a big success, not only for those who visited Jonesboro, but also for the local businesses downtown.

After last year's BBQ fest, Vino's Manager, Michael Moody didn't really know what to expect.

"Last year it was colder and it rained," said Moody. "It kept a lot of people from coming out."

However, it was a whole new experience for Vino's this year. With better weather and a counrty music artist performing, it helped draw a crowd.

"The Lee Brice concert was a big hit and brought tons of people out," said Moody.

Although, they were hoping for a better turn out than last year, the big crowd still came as a bit of a surprise.

"People were running all over the place, but everything went really well," said Moody. "The people that came to eat were some of the best customers that we ever had."

Business boomed from the time they opened up Friday, to the early hours of Sunday morning.

"It was non-stop from 11am till two in the morning," said Moody. "There were people in and out eating and just having a good time."

The weekend not only brought good times and great business, it also brought some culture to downtown.

"It's kind of like a Beale Street or Bourbon Street feel here in Jonesboro, and that doesn't happen a lot," said Moody. "I think that's something this town can benefit a lot from."

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