Tontitown Grape Festival Wraps Up On One Of Hottest Days Of The Year

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TONTITOWN (KFSM) -- The 117th Tontitown Grape Festival wrapped up Saturday (August 8) on one of the hottest days of the year.

Tontitown Interim Police Chief Joey McCormick said around 30 officers were directing traffic and patrolling the area. He said they drank water around the clock and took shifts inside an air-conditioned trailer.

"We have had a couple officers, we had one that actually had to go home early yesterday because he got overheated, and then one prior to that had gotten pretty hot and had almost got too hot but he was able to get cooled down," McCormick said.

Despite a heat index of close to 110 degrees Saturday the festival was packed. Chairman Clint Penzo estimates around 50,000 people attended this year's event.

"We actually sold 5,002 spaghetti dinners over the last two nights and we are expected to do over 2,000 to 3,000 more tonight," Penzo said.

He said the proceeds from the event go to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, as well as less other churches across the state.