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Tontitown Grape Festival

This celebration of the humble and difficult beginnings of Tontitown has grown from a ceremony of thanksgiving for the harvest of 1898 to a major event. A queen and her court reign over the festivities, which include a spaghetti dinner for about 8,000 people, a pancake breakfast, a foot race, a book sale, arts and crafts, and a "rustic relics" display.

Project documentation includes a 20-page essay; photocopies of historic documents and photos; programs from the 100th and 101st Festivals; twenty-eight 8 x 10 black and white photos, most historic in nature; two videotapes: "The 100th Tontitown Grape Festival (1898-1998)" and "History of Tontitown (1898-1998)"' and an audiocassette of a Tontitown tour.

Originally submitted by: Tim Hutchinson, Senator.

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