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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The month of May is right around the corner and kicking off the first weekend is the peach blossom festival.

The peach industry was strong in the 1930's in Nashville, and the festival began around the 1950's when the area became the world's largest producer of the fruit.

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce brought back the festival in 2007. They wanted a way to bring children and families together, give the community a time for fun and relaxation, promote the downtown area, and they wanted a way to preserve and promote their heritage.

The Peach Blossom Festival is scheduled on the first weekend of May. It is called Blossom Festival because in May, the peaches are blossoms and not full grown fruit. The first peaches don't become available until around the 1st of June.

The festival will start at 9:00 a.m. and continue until about 3:00 p.m.

A. We had several thousand pass through the festival last year, with many vendors and booths as well as an antique tractor and antique car show. This year we are adding a men's beauty contest to be crowned Ms./Mr. Peach.

We will be accepting entries until Friday May 2nd the day before the festival. An application can be obtained from the Nashville Chamber of Commerce at 107 S. Main St., Nashville or from their web-site at www.nashvillear.com, or by calling 870-845-1262 and they will take your application over the phone.

We do have some booth spaces available and they are $30.00 to non-chamber members.

There is an antique car show with 2 classes: Class A 1930 to 1959 and Class B 1960 to present for a fee of $20.00 advance and $25.00 day of the show.. There will also be an antique tractor show at no charge.

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