Gold: Arkansas’ Festive Red, White and Blue Celebration



Patriot GamesWhen the Red, White and Blue Festival launched 12 years ago in Mountain Home, Ark., in the Ozark Mountains, the proprietors of the nearby Carter’s Jewel Chest were excited about the free, family-friendly June event (think kids’ games and fireworks).So in 2005, when a chance came for the store to serve as a festival sponsor—donating a one-of-a-kind red, white, and blue jewel for the raffle—the ­Carters jumped. “We’ve always wanted to do something involving the entire community,” says co-owner Chris Carter, who runs the 35-year-old store with three other Carters: wife Nicole, mother Beth, and dad T.C.A custom-made 14k white gold pendant with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and a red spinel cabochon; $7,500 valueThis year’s piece, a 14k white gold oval pendant necklace with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and a red spinel cabochon, was valued at $7,500. Every year, t
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