September12, 2012 Edition

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Support makes festival possible

Gretchen Hunt

This weekend hours upon hours of work will come to fruition in Downtown Walnut Ridge.

Not only will the Guitar Walk at Cavenaugh Park be unveiled, but there will also be a festival that combines activities that were held at last year's Iron Mountain and Beatles at the Ridge festivals, as well as new activities.

The weekend will kick off with a Beatles Sing-Along at Beatles Park on Friday evening and the annual Thumperthon 5K on Saturday morning at Stewart Park.

Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., vendors, contests, exhibits, children's activities and a variety of live entertainment will certainly offer something for everyone.

Even as the final week of preparations is underway, more activities are being added, vendors are doing last-minute registrations and work is being completed so that residents and visitors alike can experience a tour of the Guitar Park on Saturday.

There has truly been a community effort that not only completes the second phase of the Tourism Committee's plan to draw visitors to the county, but also to organize this major event.

So many people have stepped up to organize an activity, volunteer a couple hours in a T-shirt booth or help with setup or teardown, and that is in addition to the volunteers who are working in individual booths.

If participation in the Chamber of Commerce's Tie-Dye the Town promotion is any indication of what to expect, I would say expectations should be high.

Local businesses have gone above and beyond to help promote the event with more than 60 displays available for viewing throughout the community.

We have tried to keep up with displays as they have been added and have posted a photo gallery on The Times Dispatch's Facebook page.

The excitement has been infectious, and will hopefully overflow this weekend. Whether you are in it for the live music, the community fellowship, the exhibits or the funnel cake, this weekend will definitely be a time to "Come Together" in Downtown Walnut Ridge.

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