"I thought it was a fantastic turnout in spite of being 105 plus degrees," said event organizer and host Shelly Buttgen. "We've been friends since high school," added the Berryville resident.
Berry is a native of Carroll County and a graduate of the University of Arkansas, with a degree in architecture. He has served on the Eureka Springs City Council for eight years and was mayor pro tem for four terms.
In his stump speech Berry said, "I don't care about Washington, D.C. I do care about Berryville, Eureka Springs, Clifty and Hindsville, and all the little towns and farms here in the most beautiful and sacred part of the world: the place where we live and work and raise our children.
"My focus, now, and when I go to Little Rock as your elected Representative, will be on living wage jobs, supporting schools where kids learn skills that are worth learning, and making sure that your hard earned tax dollars are used wisely," he continued.
The candidate mingled with visitors who were entertained by the Marion Johnson Band of Clifty and chowed down on grilled hot dogs and soda pop.
"When you find someone who's willing to serve and is as qualified as Butch Berry, I feel we should do everything in our power to put him in office," Buttgen said.