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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • New Tuckerman community group finalizes Fall Festival plans

  • The Tuckerman Unity Foundation was formed by a group of concerned citizens who realized that the economy and attitude of their community had deteriorated from what it had been in day's past.
    They became concerned that if measures were not taken, and taken soon, their town would continue to decay.
    Thus, the Tuckerman Rockin' Fall Festival was born.
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  • While planning for the Fall Festival, the group had problems determining where the money raised would go. Out of those planning sessions was born the Tuckerman Unity Foundation. By-laws were adopted, officers were elected and plans were put in place. It was decided that this was to be a group effort to help the entire community and the money raised would needed to stay local as there was a great need right here at home. All members agreed that they should allow this money not to be used by just one or two groups, but to allow any worthy project in our community to be funded. Any project in the community may make application to the foundation and if the membership feels that it is beneficial to the community then they can vote to fund the project. This arrangement was unanimously voted on by the entire 19 member body of the foundation. Community Partners include: the Tuckerman Police Department; the Tuckerman Fire Department; the Tuckerman Ambulance Service; Tuckerman City Beautiful Commission; the Tuckerman Senior Citizens; the Jackson County School District; community churches; Every Child Is Ours; the Tuckerman Literacy Council; and any other project which may be deemed beneficial to the community by the membership. The Tuckerman Rockin' Fall Festival is slated for Oct. 26-27 at the Tuckerman City Park and will feature a parade, auction and fireworks among many other activities for the entire family. Friday, Oct. 26 will feature a Halloween Costume contest, free of charge, from 5-6 p.m. and will feature ribbons for first, second and third place. It will be followed by a talent contest, with a $5 entry fee, and will feature a first prize of $100. Second prize will capture $50 and third place is worth $25. Beginning Saturday, Oct. 27 at 6 a.m. will be a Pancake Breakfast at the Tuckerman Senior Citizens Center, across from M&P Bank. Tickets are $5. An Antique Car Show; Cake Walk; Dunking Booth; and live music will follow. Among the acts scheduled to perform are: the Tuckerman High Schooll Choir; The Dunham Family; The Hannah's; The Prodigal Daughters; Jeannie and the Guys; Danny Baty Band; Soggy Bottom Boys; Elvis; and The Kenny Crider Band. A Political Pie/Prize Auction will be held as well as a 50's & 60's Street Dance from 8-10 p.m. The Tuckerman Unity Foundation invites everyone to come out and "together, we can rebuild Tuckerman."

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