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America’s Heartbeat remained strong at the 53rd annual music festival.

Several hundred gathered June 3 at the Wilson Park rotunda for the festival. Ages in attendance ranged from tiny tots to senior citizens.

The event began with food vendors at 5 p.m., including Wok Hei Noodle House — this particular vendor has been in town for Arkalalah celebrations for the last two years — as well as Steamy Joe, Charlie’s PizzaTaco and more.

At 7 p.m. the night was filled with musical acts, starting with Ark City Dance and the Prairie Voice children’s choir, each of which performed for those gathered.

Following the youths were several local musicians who wowed the crowd with covers of several well-known artists.

Sonny and Cher, Joan Jett, and the Doobie Brothers were just a few among the musical acts emulated by the local musicians.

“It was fun to perform again with Charla Myrick a.k.a. Linda Ronstadt. It was a great show, great crowd and lots of fun,” said Kelly Dillner, who sang Juice Newton songs during the event.