Coming Soon to Downtown Ozark

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jun. 20, 2019 at 4:52 PM CDT
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Dale County is constructing a new amphitheater in downtown Ozark.

The amphitheater is to take place in the rose gardens directly across from the Dale County Courthouse.

A $25,000 grant will help fund downtown Ozark’s new amphitheater and volunteers will help construct it.

“The grant has to run through a government so uh we asked the commission to allow us to run through the commission then pay for it and then reimburse the commission through the RC&D grant,” said Mark Blakenship, Project Manager of Dale County Amphitheater.

“It’s primarily going to be built with the volunteer labor. We have a group that’s agreed to come in and work on it.”

Blankenship says the amphitheater should bring more people to downtown Ozark.

“Of course it’s going to bring increased traffic downtown which will be increased revenue to downtown.”

With the amphitheater coming to downtown Ozark some of the restaurants could see a bump in business.

“They can have a dinner and then say you know and then at 8 o’clock we are going to have music on the square,” said Sylvia Ambrose, Barefield’s Partner.

“So that would invite more of the community to come out downtown.”

Having a permanent venue means less time setting up to host events.

“We thought that building something like this would be a permanent structure and once we had it here permanent then we could spend more time uh recruiting and bringing more events to downtown,” said Blankenship.

The amphitheater will be bringing back events previously hosted and bring events new to the Ozark area.

“We already have things like the clay bank and jamboree, the crawdad festival and we have the Ozark on Tap that’ll be here the first time in August. We hope that’s going to be an annual event.”

The Dale County amphitheater is expected to be completed by the time “Ozark on Tap” comes on August 24th.

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