The parody event “Fight At The Water Tower” has been getting a lot of attention on social media.
Spoiler alert- there was no fighting but there was a huge crowd that came together to help support community members in need.
The fight at the water tower, while it started by parody Facebook accounts, was actually an anticipated event for many locals.
“People were going to show up and see what was going on, so why not collect some cans while i’m here,” said charity drive founder, Christian Kunnecke.
What was originally planned as an all out brawl between the cities, in just three days, turned into this major charity event to help fight hunger in the community.
“We just need to help out our community. We need to get people fed, we need to get people clothed we just need to help people out,” said fake City of Fayetteville Facebook page Creator, Tedford Lamar.
“We live in divisive times so when people come together to shower their communities with love it’s just awesome, gives you goose bumps,” said Ministry Coordinator at First Christian Church, Peggy Hicks.
Donations given at the water tower will go to support the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter and the First Christian Church’s Annual Event, ‘Miracle On 14Th Street’.
“We see 450-500 families at our event which equats to about 25 hundred to 3 thousand kiddos so having additional items brought in by people in the community is huge for us,” said Hicks.
Creator of the fake City Of Fayetteville facebook page Tedford Lamar said while the cities may be separated, he hopes all residents can come together for a good cause.
“We’re all in the area, we’re all in Northwest Arkansas. Be nice to each other, take care of each other,” said Lamar.
And while the fight at the water tower started out as a laugh for many it’s now a symbol for the community.
“A community like Northwest Arkansas can take a silly little fight and do the opposite of violence, really take care of one another,” said Kunnecke.
If you would like to support you city, Bentonville is accepting donations at Kyya Chocolate on the Bentonville Square. Rogers is accepting donations at Ozark Axe House and Hawk Moth Brewing at 718 North 2 Street.
“The Fight at The Water Tower” t-shirts will be sold Monday at the Cheetah Graphix Company store in Bentonville.