The want for a fireworks show led to the creation of a new festival in Arab – SugarFest – set for all day Saturday, Aug. 31, at Arab City Park.

There is still plenty of time for vendors and those interested in performing or registering to do so.

Years ago the city of Arab had a fireworks show hosted by a local citizen. But, there have been no fireworks lighting the sky above Arab for many, many years.

Last year, a group of residents decided to change that.

But before they knew it, other ideas for the community were being thrown out left and right – an arts and crafts show, a kid’s area, a food court, a classic car show, a 5K race, a beauty pageant, a bake-off, live music – until the fireworks show had grown into a one-day community festival.

But where did the SugarFest name come from?

“It’s in the South and nothing is sweeter than the South, right, sugar,” says the event’s website. “And there it was. SugarFest! Taking place annually on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend at Arab City Park.”

On Aug. 31, the park will be transformed into a fun-lovers dream.

SugarFest is a one-day festival organized by a group of community leaders who are dedicated to promoting culture and community in Arab.

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