CONWAY, Ark. — The City of Conway used a cookout on Saturday to celebrate the sacrifice and selflessness of so many during this year's historic flooding.
The celebrations continued for the people in Conway on July 6, except it wasn't carried over Fourth of July festivities.
This particular Saturday cookout held a much deeper meaning.
Bobby Kelly, Communications Coordinator, said the event was solely about the special people that make up Faulkner County.
"We held a pretty awesome cookout for all the folks who volunteered their time, folks who worked to make the historic flooding event here in Faulkner County one to remember," he said.
Just weeks ago, Conway was still showing signs of devastation from the flood.
"That time in Faulkner County history was pretty epic," Kelly said.
Mayor Bart Castleberry said several people volunteered countless hours to help out during those stressful times and city leaders wanted to show their gratitude.
"You would have people bringing their children out and showing their children how to help others, so it's just really heartwarming and we just wanted to let them know that we really do appreciate all that they're doing," he said.
They showed their appreciation through speeches, live music, and plenty of hot dogs to go around.
Community members shared their personal stories while describing their city leaders as very special people.
Sherri Crimmins, a Faulkner County resident since 1998, worked closely with city leaders during the disaster because her property became a passage-way for people to escape the flooding.
"Their character, there is just no words to describe it. I couldn't believe who we had working for us. That great," she said.
Everyone at the cookout hoped the stories, music, and food would be a way to turn the page on this part of Faulkner County's story while city leaders look toward the future.
"A lot of great things happened. There's a lot of great things to learn from it and I'm sure we will look back on this and remember all the good times that were had, but we are going to keep on pushing forward," Kelly said.
He said this event was all about feeling because the city leaders wanted to know exactly what it was like for the people who sandbagged and worked overtime to help their city recover.