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MARICOPA — Small business is the backbone of many thriving communities across the nation. Statistically speaking, small businesses continue to come out on top in terms of employment rates and appreciation from their respective communities.

Mayor Christian Price took time to honor small businesses contributions to Maricopa on Tuesday night during the city council meeting.

“As you know, small businesses are a really important part of our economy and keep us thriving,” he said. “They are one of the key parts of any society and our city is no different, so we want to honor our small businesses.”

To celebrate this achievement, event organizer and community member John Stapleton is throwing the second annual Maricopaville festival and food truck competition on Small Business Day on Saturday. Though the event is local, food trucks from all over the state will arrive to compete in the food truck competition, serving up their street food to patrons.

Entry is free, but donations of non-perishable food items are welcome, and there will be a competition for the canned food drive to benefit F.O.R. Maricopa.

In honor of the small business achievement, Stapleton is hoping that residents will choose to shop locally this holiday season.

“We are going with more of a street fair atmosphere, but we really want to stay focused on the shop local experience,” Stapleton said. “A lot of people are heading out of town to go do their shopping over the holidays, but we want them to stay in town and this event really emphasizes that.”

Though the Small Business Day isn’t a new idea, it is new to this community, and it joins the ranks of other communities across the nation commemorating their local stores.

“The city of Maricopa, Arizona supports our local businesses that create jobs, boost our economy and preserve our neighborhoods,” Price said during a proclamation. “Advocacy groups as well as public and private organizations across the country have endorsed the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday.”

The city of Maricopa was happy to endorse the Maricopaville festival and help sponsor the event by offering Pacana Park as the space. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and attendees can expect some unique arts and crafts booths.

A scavenger hunt will also be occurring throughout the day, where patrons can have each booth sign their flier to be entered into a contest at the end of the day.

“Some of them may be fake booths that we just put out there that they have to keep searching (for) and doesn’t exist, but just to keep them on their toes,” Stapleton said, joking.

With plenty of good food to be had, holiday shopping to be checked off and a whole lot of fun in store, Maricopaville Festival is expecting a stellar turn out.

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