Arkansas Online:

By Frank Lockwood

At Hill Country Barbecue Market, time was up, the lights were flickering out and Colonel Josh & The HonkyTonk Heroes had climbed onstage, a not-too-subtle sign that the Arkansans needed to leave.

But still they lingered, dozens of people from across the Natural State who finally, reluctantly surrendered the space once the Telecaster, bass and pedal steel guitar began to play.

"One of the hallmarks that this has been a great event is people aren't leaving," Sen. John Boozman said. "They're continuing to visit long after it's been officially over. That's a good thing."

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