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Hiwasse festival called resounding success

by Susan Holland | September 20, 2022 at 9:32 a.m.
Westside Eagle Observer/SUSAN HOLLAND Members of Gravette royalty pose for the camera at the Hiwasse fall festival Saturday, Sept. 17. Keeli Moore, Miss Gravette 2022, and Brooklyn Parker, Miss Teen Gravette 2022, were on hand to visit with friends and enjoy the festivities at the popular annual event.

HIWASSE -- The annual Hiwasse fall festival was a resounding success, drawing one of the largest crowds ever. Many in attendance were heard to comment that it was the best ever and they'd never seen more visitors come out. Food, music, door prize drawings, activities for all ages and a host of vendors were among the many attractions.

A wide variety of vendors offered fall home decor, woodcrafts, clothing, books, food and gift items. Several also gave out free candy, bottled water and chances at door prize drawings. Organizations and businesses advertised their products and services, including the opportunity to host an exchange student or sign up for art classes.

Members of the Gravette Lions Club were on hand to collect donations for their annual White Cane Day. Other visitors included Gravette royalty, Keeli Moore, Miss Gravette 2022, and Brooklyn Parker, Miss Teen Gravette 2022, and Gravette mayoral candidates Dale Ayres and Kurt Maddox. Charlene Newell provided music for the crowd throughout the event.

Free snow cones, popcorn and ice cream were provided, and others who chose to eat lunch could purchase hot dog and cheeseburger meals, including chips and drinks. With the temperature climbing into the lower 90s, the tables set up under the trees near the community building provided a welcome spot for visitors to sit and eat their meal or visit with friends, neighbors and family members.

A bounce house was provided for the youngsters' enjoyment, and a face painter decorated the faces of interested ones under the pavilion in the park. Other activities included crafts, a corn hole game and a photo booth.

Sponsors for the event included Bertschy Farms, Black Creek Electric, Built-Well Construction, Hiwasse Baptist Church, Hiwasse Store, Horstmann Distribution Inc., Kimberly's Creative Custom Works, Legacy Bank, Mt. Pleasant Church, Story Church, Hiwasse Dairy Freeze and Hiwasse Church of the Nazarene.

photo Westside Eagle Observer/SUSAN HOLLAND A number of booths were set up near the pavilion in the Hiwasse park Saturday. Under the blue tent in the foreground Laurie Lopez, of Laurie's Sweet Treats, offered over 100 flavors of jams, jellies, marmalades and fruit butters. At another booth, pictured to the left, one could sign up to host an exchange student. Vendors under the pavilion offered free snow cones and face painting and the opportunity to sign up for art classes.
photo Westside Eagle Obsever/SUSAN HOLLAND Abigail Fiengel, 7, of Bentonville, gets her face painted Saturday at the Hiwasse fall festival while her sister Dana, 8, and other youngsters wait their turn in line. Alaina Carlton, who was doing the painting, has also recently painted fall decorations on the windows of many of the businesses in downtown Gravette.
photo Westside Eagle Observer/SUSAN HOLLAND Gravette author Sherri Beth Johnson was one of the exhibitors in the Hiwasse community building during the Hiwasse fall festival. Here Sherri is displaying her 11 historical Christian books. Her book "Charleigh" will debut as a movie in 2023. Johnson is pictured with her son-in-law, Tristin Ray, director of the movie, and her son Zane.
photo Westside Eagle Observer/SUSAN HOLLAND The bounce house at the Hiwasse fall festival was a big attraction for the youngsters in the crowd. Here one youngster enters the house (center) as another exits to the right. Parents and grandparents visit with other festival goers while they wait for their children to take a turn. Children were also able to do crafts and get their faces painted under the nearby pavilion.
photo Westside Eagle Observer/SUSAN HOLLAND A number of colorful displays were set up in the Hiwasse park during the community's annual fall festival Saturday, Sept. 17. Vendors offered a wide variety of merchandise, advertised their businesses and organizations and gave away candy and other treats. Tables were also set up under the trees where guests could eat their lunch or just sit and visit with friends and family.

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