Bridge Bash begins at 9 a.m. as 2,500 people from north central Arkansas gather to "Stand Up for Hope" on the Rainbow Bridge, raising $50,000 and providing 250,000 meals for our neighbors in need.
Individuals who "Stand Up for Hope" can feel confident; knowing that 100% of their $20 donation goes directly to the hunger relief efforts of the Food Bank and their more than 68 agencies in nine counties.
After the bridge ceremony, bring your lawn chair and head down to the Big Spring Park. That's where you'll find the FREE festival. Music, Dance, Arts and Craft Vendors, business and food vendors, a Kid's Corner, Classic Car Show, Motorcycle Show, Benefit Auction, KTLO/KCTT Treasure Chest, Johnny Cash Music Fest Concert Giveaway, and much more.
There will be live music and dance from The Cowgill Family, Afrique Aya Dance Company, Brand New Church Band, Miss North Central Arkansas, Andy Tanas, and Nashville Recording Artists -- The Lost Trailers.
The Lost Trailers are a country music duo of songwriter/producer Stokes Nielson and collaborator Jason Wyatt. Nielson's first record using the name The Lost Trailers was an album entitled, "The Story of the New Age Cowboy," which was discovered by Willie Nelson in the spring of 2000. The Lost Trailers were awarded three ACM Nominations and several Top 20 hits on country radio while opening for Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Jamey Johnson and many others.
The band produced singles "Call Me Crazy" and "Why Me," both of which entered the Billboard Hot Country Song charts. A fifth album, Holler Back, was released in August 2008, which produced a top ten country hit in its title track and a top twenty in "How 'bout You Don't."
Bridge Bash will raise awareness for the hunger relief agencies in north central Arkansas, and raise much needed funds to meet the ever growing need in our communities.
One in three children in north central Arkansas are considered food insecure. As many as 60 to 80 percent of school children qualify for the subsidized meal program offered through the public schools.
Approximately 30,000 residents of the region are considered food insecure. The goal of providing 250,000 meals is the equivalent of the food anticipated to be distributed by the Food Bank during this year's Thanksgiving season.
To find out more about how you can Stand Up for Hope, participate as a volunteer or become a vendor for Bridge Bash, contact the Food Bank at 870-499-7565 or visit their website at foodbanknca.org.