Searcy’s Get Down Downtown still remarkable after nine years


Popular food truck at this event.

Searcy(LP) At Downtown Searcy, on Friday, September twenty third through September twenty fourth, country music was blasting. Citizens were walking and checking out all of the booths and stores on Main Street. Amy Burton, Executive Director of the event since it began, states “It’s hard to get an exact number, but we estimate that we have twenty five thousand people over the weekend. Get Down Downtown started in 2008. This is the ninth year.” The citizens brought lawn chairs and a lot of cash. Many spent their money on food, jewelry, and other items at the booths and food trucks. The food was similar to the genuine food from last month’s White County Fair. There were grilled turkey legs, funnel cakes, hot dogs, Arkansan barbeque, and cotton candy. Several people came for the music. Large crowds gathered by the Courthouse, sitting in lawn chairs and on blankets, tapping their feet and singing along to the good country music. Searcy based music such as Edge Nation, Waterproof Mascara, and Backroads performed at this event.

Tristan McIntosh accompanied by other members of her band.

Tristan McIntosh accompanied by other members of her band.

The most popular country artists to perform were Tristan McIntosh and Keith Anderson. Tristan McIntosh sang on Saturday night. She had so many fans in the audience cheering loudly with all their hearts  for her, that some people couldn’t hear the music at first! She sang songs from Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Loretta Lynn, and even some of the songs she wrote herself. Her musical success encouraged others to write their  own songs and play their music. Other fun festivities included the 4th Annual Get Down Downtown Car show, Robbins Sanford Spring Street Market,and Katie Sunshine’s Hula Hoop Performances and Hula Hoop lessons. People from all over the community came to perform and visit this event. Ahlf Junior High School Cheerleaders came. Searcy High School Cheerleaders, Lionsteppers, and the Choir came to spread happiness to the community. Everyone can come to this event. Kids can come to play carnival games for twenty five cents, climb the Zion Center Rock Wall, ride a horse for five dollars, and play on the inflatable bouncy houses. The community benefited from this event also. Before Get Down Downtown began, the community didn’t come together to celebrate Searcy. This event helps Searcy’s youth have fun and find positive ways of spending their time. Get Down Downtown helps everyone unite and learn to love their community of Searcy. 

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