Volunteers Sling Spaghetti in Tontitown Ahead of Grape Fest

TONTITOWN, AR (KNWA) – Tontitown residents are working hard preparing for this year’s Grape Festival.

Volunteers put in countless hours this week making the famous spaghetti for the 116th annual event. Director Jack Beckford says folks come ready to work.

“When we say home made, we mean it,” Beckford says. “We’re standing here making it right now to serve at the festival.”

The process is long and tedious. One batch taking almost three days to complete, but Beckford says that gives volunteers a chance to slow down from everyday life.

“We all have such busy lives and running around everywhere. It’s a good reason to stop and get together, and enjoy a couple of weeks of work.” Beckford says.

For volunteer Frances Franco, this is something she’s been doing her whole life.

“I don’t know how old I was,” she says. “Pretty young,”

She says tradition is something that isn’t taken lightly in Tontitown.

“Well, because they need the help and because it’s my parish and the church gets the money and so I wanna help,” she explains.

With the pasta out to dry, everyone is one step closer to August 5, the start of the festival that brings a whole town together.

“It’s a nice place to get together and enjoy yourself for a couple of days, partake in a little bit of hospitality, good food, good music, ride a ride or two,” says Beckford.

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