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Conway Lights Up Biggest Christmas Tree in State

A huge crowd was on hand Saturday evening downtown Conway as the state's largest Christmas tree was lit up for the first time ever. The city spent $130,000 purchasing the tree. The idea is to create a draw, bringing people and, in turn, business into downtown Conway.
CONWAY, AR -- A huge crowd was on hand Saturday evening downtown Conway as the state's largest Christmas tree was lit up for the first time ever.
  
The city spent $130,000 purchasing the tree.  The idea is to create a draw, bringing people and, in turn, business into downtown Conway.

After a countdown, the crowd let out a big roar the lights when on the 54-foot tree turned on.

Promoters say it might not only be the biggest artificial tree in Arkansas.  They also say it's bigger than any in the entire Midwest.
  
The cost came from revenues of the so-called "hamburger tax" on local restaurants and hotels -- money that must be spent on promoting the city.
  
People we spoke with Saturday were mostly in support.

 "I totally believe that downtown is going to be able to get more business and bring more people to Conway," said Conway resident Whitney West.

"I think it's going to be good for promoting tourism," said Anusha Majagi, a Hendrix College student visiting downtown Conway with some friends.

Some businesses in the downtown area stayed open a little later catering to the big crowds drawn to the tree. 
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