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Giant American flag creates big buzz

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - There's some extra pride waving alongside Highway 70 in Hot Springs.

A giant American flag appeared in the middle of a field, with no signs, over Labor Day weekend.

Now, many who drive by are wondering who put it there.

"It's one of the first things that comes to mind is how big it is," said Joe Swayze, a Hot Springs resident.

It stands 130 feet tall and when the wind takes it for a dance, it's 80 feet wide.

In total, it's a 40x80 foot flag.

"I think it's very patriotic and exactly what we need," said Swayze.

It was reportedly placed there on Friday before the holiday weekend.

"I think it's a wonderful thing that people are willing to go to that type of expense, just to show that patriotism," said Russell Phillips, a Hot Springs resident. "Having the opportunity for everyone passing by to see this flag."

Since then, it's been generating buzz on who is behind this giant flag.

"The only idea I had is the church beside it might have something to do with it," said Phillips. "No idea, but I think it's really great," said Swayze.

The mystery has now been solved. Alliance Rubber Company put it up after purchasing the farm land from the homeowners next door to their business.

"This is what we stand for, 'Made in the USA,' and what better way to show it than something like this," said Trevor Hamilton, with Alliance Rubber Company.

Being around for 92 years, Alliance thought it was time to show their pride in a big way.

"A lot of things have moved over seas. There's a push to ring everything back," said Hamilton.

The pride doesn't hide when the sun goes down.

"We have 2000 watt halogen bulbs shining up at it at night to illuminate it," said Hamilton.

Eventually, everyone who drives by will know who's behind the flag.

"We are in the process of getting a sign erected that states it belongs to Alliance Rubber Company, and it will say, 'Proud to say Made in the USA," said Hamilton.

Until then, many in Hot Springs are happy to have the flag in town.

"We all take our stand here and there, but when it comes down to being American. We're Americans," said Phillips.

The gold ball at the top of the flag pole is larger than a human head. All 179 employees of Alliance Rubber Company signed the ball before it was put up.