HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (KTHV) - The annual King Biscuit Blues Festival is in town and attracting people from all over the world. It's one of the largest attractions that greatly benefits the economy in Helena-West Helena.
"Loved each and every one of them, and I'll never miss one," said Mariane Floyd, who has been attending the festival for the past 28 years.
This year she's in her camper, but that has not always been the case.
"We've slept on the railroad tracks before," Floyd recalled. "It doesn't matter if we have a place to stay or not."
True blues is what brings the masses.
"This is where the blues started. People in the cotton fields, chopping cotton, coming in on Saturday evening and singing the blues," explained Munnie Jordan. She is the executive director for the King Biscuit Blues Festival and said the annual event is the catalyst for the city's economic development. "We fill up our hotels, we fill up our motels, we fill up our restaurants. Here and across the river to Mississippi."
"It brings out a special feeling in people, and that's what brings people together, that feeling. And, down here we get that really roots feeling, ya know? We don't have it in Europe," said one visitor from Belgium.
"The sights, the sounds, the smells--it's all just a conglomeration of beauty," Floyd added.
The festival runs through Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.