BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KWNA)– A viral Northwest Arkansas Facebook event, playfully meant to pit cities against each other, has now taken an unexpected turn.
A series of fake city pages have been popping up all over Facebook, filled with memes depicting the personalities of cities like Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville, and Springdale.
Members of these communities have come together on a “Fight at the Water Tower” Facebook event to talk a little trash, but now the purpose has changed to something much cleaner.
Christian Kunnecke, referred to on Facebook as “charity pirate,” decided to turn what was supposed to be a fight at the Bentonville water tower into a charity event.
She said, “On Friday from noon to 1, we’re going to have a food truck, we’re going to have hot cocoa and we’re going to have a truck for team Rogers or Royers and team Bentonville.”
The rival city pages have been posting photos, even getting Oklahoma involved.
While these fake city pages are funny to some, city officials want people to be able to distinguish whats real and what’s not.
Ben Cline, the public relations manager of City of Rogers, said “What’s happened this week has been definitely entertaining but I think it’s really important that people realize that these are not city affiliated pages at all.”
While the pages weren’t created by the cities, they seem to have done something great for the people in need that live in them.
Stephannie Baker, who found recipients of the charity event, said “They were all about it, they were so grateful and so excited and so entertained by these pages and think it’s such a wonderful thing for the community this time of year.”
Baker says she plans on taking the donated items to the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter, the Samaritan Community Center, as well as coordinating with an event called miracle on 14th St. which serves about two thousand kids from 450 different families.
Aside from the water tower, Kunnecke said you can take donations to Kyya Chocolate at 111 S. Main St. in Bentonville on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. or Rush Running on J. St. and Rapid Prototypes from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
In Rogers, you can drop off donations to Shine Tek or Ozark Axe House at 718 N 2nd St.
Times for that are to be announced.