City prepares for art, music festival

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -Friday night kicks off the Arts and Music Festival in Downtown Paragould. Manybusinesses and attendees are excited the festival is back downtown after lastyear's move to the Greene County Fair Grounds.

"With Union Pacific'sdecision last year, we could no longer use the back parking lot for the festival or for anything other than parking," said Main street ParagouldDirector Gina Jarrett. "We thought it would be a good time to combine the bestof [both]."

Jarrett said this way theycan incorporate both art and music from Art and Stroll and Loose Caboose.

With the event being backin its original location, businesses are looking forward to the foot traffic.

"Our merchants and eateryowners are very excited that we're coming back downtown," said Jarrett. "We'vemade their life a lot easier because they'll have access through their reardoor or side door instead of shutting down the whole downtown, as we did in thepast."

Misty Hyde is the owner ofRevolution and said she's looking forward to the business.

"I'm real excited andwe're hoping this will bring business in and bring everybody downtown," shesaid.

Jarrett said the combinationof the two events belong right where they both originated.

"It lost the feel of thefestival with a different location," said Jarrett. "We knew if the festival wasgoing to happen and we were going to organize it, that It needed to bedowntown."

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