June 11, 2002
For Immediate Release
Contact person:  Bill Dailey (501) 315-7373 
Email: purplehull@juno.com
Web site: www.purplehull.com

Nickelodeon to be at Garden Tiller Races 

   Kids across the nation will soon be learning about the sport of garden tiller racing. 

   The Emerson, Arkansas, PurpleHull Pea Festival has been notified that the Nickelodeon television cable channel plans to attend the festival’s feature event, the World Championship Rotary Tiller Race.

   Nickelodeon will tape a segment about the tiller race for “Nick News,” a news program for children, hosted by Linda Ellerbee.

   The World Championship Rotary Tiller Race, a race of souped-up garden tillers, is held in Emerson each year on the last Saturday of June in conjunction with the PurpleHull Pea Festival.

   “We’re extremely flattered that Nickelodeon has decided to cover our event,” said festival spokesman Bill Dailey.  “I’m sure they’ll see quite a show, and kids will get a kick out of it.  We truly are the highlight of the tiller racing season.”

   In February of this year, the PurpleHull Pea Festival won the Arkansas “Festival of the Year” award at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Festival Association.

   The Emerson PurpleHull Pea Festival will be June 28 and 29, on and near the grounds of Emerson High School.  The tiller race is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 29.

   More information is available on the festival’s Web site, www.purplehull.com, or by phoning festival chairman Mildred Beene at (870) 547-2707.

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