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After months of planning, FORMAT Festival starts today

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The three day festival will take place on 250 acres of a natural landing strip surrounded by a forested ravine just outside of downtown Bentonville.

Events like the Bentonville Bike Festival and the Bentonville Film Festival attract thousands of people. FORMAT Festival is this weekend, and its planners are expecting about 10,000 attendees. Debbie Griffin, the director of administration for the City of Bentonville, said planning for festivals requires coordination of safety, lodging, sanitation and transportation.

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Anna Pope grew up listening to public radio. Pope earned a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism from Oklahoma State University where she reported for the university’s paper and became its news editor. She also interned at KOSU public radio, covering topics ranging anywhere from Indigenous affairs and rural issues to business and education. She joined KUAF as a Report for America corps member covering the impact of growth in June 2022.