Loose Caboose Festival Fun for the Whole Family

PARAGOULD, AR -- The Loose Caboose Festival is going on this weekend in Paragould and the event is really drawing in the crowds.  Last year there were over 6,000 people at the event and they expect that number to rise this year.

On Friday hundreds of people made their way around all of the festivities going on all along Pruett Street and the rail way.

"We're just out here having fun its been a local tradition in Paragould for a long time," said Jason Warren.

"We're having a great time.  We're actually here from Chicago visiting family.  It's a great little event," said Matt Pentecost.

There are all sorts of fun things to do at Loose Caboos both inside the carnival and out.

There are all sorts of booths set up selling different crafts and products.  There is even a booth that is put on by the wives and mothers of soldiers in the 875th Engineer Batallion who are currently serving in Iraq.

Many groups are trying to raise money while at the festival, one of those groups is the Paragould High School dance team.  The dance team is hosting a dunk booth, every time you dunk a dancer, you get the team one step closer to getting new uniforms.

Friday was the second day of the festival.

"Saturday is the biggest day of the festival.  We've got a new thing this year called 'Rumble on the Rails' where all sorts of bikers will be rolling into town," said Brian Osborne.

At its heart, the Loose Caboose Festival is really a music festival.  Multiple local bands are taking the stage along with some headliners.

"We've got music all day long on our new main stage out back by the tracks," said Osborne.