While the 2020 Beatles at the Ridge festival has been canceled, a new T-shirt design has been released to mark the year and provide continued support for local efforts.
Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp, who also serves as the festival committee chair, said the Downtown Walnut Ridge organization sells the T-shirts to raise funds to support the festival and other promotion and tourism efforts.
This year’s design features The Beatles in masks with the wording “Come Together … Next Year.”
Jackie Snapp, who serves on the festival committee and is a member of the DTWR organization, said sales are going well, including a purchase of 10 shirts by Gary and Theresa Kimberling of Cabot, longtime supporters of the festival.
“We are sorry the festival is not happening this year, but we love supporting our home town,” Theresa said.
Kit O’Toole of Chicago, a past presenter at Beatles at the Ridge, said she has enjoyed every trip to Walnut Ridge for the event and made several friends who she has kept in touch with through the years. When the shirts became available, she ordered two.
“When I heard that the festival was canceled this year, I knew I wanted to purchase the T-shirts,” she said. “First of all, the designs are adorable and whimsical, putting a positive spin on a difficult situation. Second, I wanted to support Walnut Ridge. I’m happy to help out in any way I can, as I will always consider the town a second home for the way they all made me feel at home from the first moment I visited.”
The T-shirts are available at the Storage in a Snapp office, located at 414 East Main Street in Walnut Ridge, for $25 each. They can also be ordered online at beatlesattheridge.com for $28.
“This year’s T-shirt speaks of the situation at hand in a light hearted fashion and what better way to support the community than with a purchase of a cool shirt,” Jackie said. “It gives people throughout the United States the opportunity to support an event they hope to “come together” for again next year.”