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An aerial photo of Jonesboro’s Main Street. 

JONESBORO — The city of Jonesboro is preparing to kick off its 4th Annual Downtown Street Festival next month.

The festival is Oct. 5 from noon-8 p.m. on the city’s Main Street and will feature live music, street vendors, food trucks and an expanded kids play zone. Music will include performances by Leandria Johnson, jazz artist Ken Ford, Gritz & Jelly Butter and the Swining Medallions.

New this year is a yarn bombing contest. Jonesboro City Manager Ricky Clark said the contest is a creative way to bring people to the downtown area. Those who wish to participate must fill out an entry form and obtain pre-approval for location and design. The cost is $20 per person with a maximum of four people per team. Entry deadline is Sept. 13 and all exhibits must be installed by Sept. 27. Clark said the city plans to keep the art pieces up as long as they’re in good condition.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Yarn bomb artists will receive complimentary tickets to the festival.

Clark said ticket monies will allow the city to expand and host different events throughout the year and fund the city’s new facade grant program.

To purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com and search Downtown Street Festival.

For more information or obtain a Yarn Bomb entry form, visit www.jonesboroga.com.

For those interested in becoming a vendor, email events@jonesboroga.com.

Education reporter Heather Middleton joined the Clayton News and Henry Herald in 2002.

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