The 2017 Heber Springs World Championship Cardboard Boat Races

June 23rd, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

World Championship Cardboard Boat Races 2017Get set for the 31st annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races! This beloved and wacky annual event is scheduled for July 29, 2017, 10am at Sandy Beach on Greers Ferry Lake in Heber Springs, AR.

Heber Springs’ Cardboard Boat Races began as a novelty in 1987 to help drum up a little more summer tourism for the area. If they had had any idea how successful and popular this event would be, they probably would’ve started up sooner! Every year contestants, spectators, and film crews from across the country come to witness the spectacle – and spectacle it truly is!

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Don’t Miss the 2017 Johnson County Peach Festival!

June 12th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Johnson County Peach FestivalCome take a bite out of history, and maybe a few peaches as well, at the longest running festival in Arkansas! The 2017 Johnson County Peach Festival celebrates its 76th anniversary July 20 – July 23!

Peaches! Is there any other fruit that so embodies summer? Their golden hue and shape reminiscent of the sun and sunsets. Their delicious sweet juiciness so perfect for snacking on during hot summer days and desserts for hot summer nights. The Johnson County Peach Festival has been celebrating both this humble, delicious fruit and the area’s successful peach industry since 1938!

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Come Explore Arkansas’ Mammoth Spring State Park!

May 26th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Mammoth Spring State ParkMammoth Spring State Park, in Mammoth Spring, AR is home to the state’s largest natural spring, a 10-acre spring fed lake, opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and much more!

Mammoth Spring is the second largest spring in the Ozarks. It flows at an amazing average rate of almost 10 million gallons an hour! All this water is the direct result of rainfall over the high plains of southern Missouri. The rainfall percolates down through the soil to a vast system of interconnected cavities that eventually converge and reappear aboveground as a scenic 10-acre lake with an island in Mammoth Spring State Park.

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Come Out For the 40th Anniversary of Little Rock’s Riverfest!

May 12th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Little Rock's Riverfest 2017The 40th anniversary of Little Rock’s Riverfest is four days of food, arts, live music, and celebration on the banks of the Arkansas River. June 1st through the 4th, 2017.

Riverfest, held every summer in Little Rock, AR is the state’s largest single event with upwards of 200,000 festival-goers attending. The roster of national acts playing Riverfest helps explain the heavy attendance. This year’s lineup includes Wiz Khalifa, Justin Moore, Cage The Elephant, Billy Currington, Morris Day & The Time, and many many others!

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Learn Legends of Lost Conquistador Gold at Old Spanish Treasure Cave

April 28th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Old Spanish Treasure Cave in Sulphur Springs, AROld Spanish Treasure Cave, in Sulphur Springs, AR, is a living limestone cavern shrouded in the mystery and legend of lost Conquistador gold. If you’ve a taste for adventure and mystery, take a tour of Old Spanish Treasure Cave!

It’s a story that goes back more than 350 years.

Shortly after its discovery, Spanish Conquistadores searched the New World for riches. According to legend, a group of these intrepid explorers passed through the Northwest Ozarks. Lost, weak from illness and malnutrition, and assailed by natives, they secreted the treasure they were carrying in a cave.

Thereafter, Old Spanish Treasure Cave remained sealed with its secrets. In 1885 an old Spaniard from Madrid re-discovered the cave with the help of a couple of old maps. Though he and many others have scoured the caverns, no one has ever found the lost treasure.

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Sample Savory Suds at the 2017 Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival!

April 7th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Hot Springs Craft Beer FestivalIt must be spring: it’s almost time for the annual Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival! This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, May 20th, from 4pm to 8pm at the Hot Springs Farmers & Artisans Market Plaza.

The very first Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival was only three years ago but the festival has grown in leaps and bounds. Last year’s event was supposed to attract upwards of 650 people. More than 1,000 showed! And why not?

The Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival attracts not just a few craft breweries from around the region but a stupendous number of great craft breweries from all around the US! Last year saw more than 100 different breweries in attendance offering over 400 beers to sample.

The Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival is like a who’s who of craft breweries, all under one roof.
A beer lover’s paradise.

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Explore Quigley’s Castle – “The Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling”

March 24th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Quigley's Castle “The Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling”

Quigley’s Castle “The Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling”
– photo by Brandonrush

No visit to the Eureka Springs area of Arkansas is complete without a stop by Quigley’s Castle. This uniquely designed family home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Quigley’s Castle is less a castle than it is a unique family home. It would be nothing at all, were it not for the creative vision of one Elise Quigley.

The structure is located on an eighty-acre farm just four miles south of Eureka Springs. In 1930, W. D. Quigley deeded this property to his son, Albert Quigley and his son’s wife, Elise. Initially, they lived on the property in an old lumber shack.

According to legend, Albert promised Elise that she could design their new home and she got right to it. Unfortunately, five children into the marriage they were still living in the same, old lumber shack. To Elise, it seemed like they would never break ground. Eventually, something did break: it was Elise.

Elise Quigley had long since completed her design for the new house and was done waiting. One day, after Albert headed off to work, she and the children pulled the lumber shack down. Now Albert would HAVE to start the new house – and so he did.

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Discover Arkansas Craft Beer On The Fayetteville Ale Trail

March 13th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Discover Arkansas Craft Beer On The Fayetteville Ale TrailThe craft beer revolution has taken the nation by storm and Arkansas is no exception. If you’re looking for a fun way to explore the Ozarks as well as discover great beer, the Fayetteville Ale Trail is for you!

Microbrew beer has been on the rise in the U.S since the 1990’s. All across the country, brewing artisans and beer enthusiasts alike have taken up the sudsy mantle. As a consequence, unique, regional craft beers are now available in America like no other time.

Arkansas is not immune to this trend and, as of this writing, boasts upwards of 30 craft breweries or brewpubs across the state. The artisanal brewing movement is so robust, by the time you’re done reading this, there may be even more!

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Don’t Miss The Garvan Woodland Gardens Tulip Extravaganza 2017!

February 27th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Garvan Woodland Gardens 2017 Spring Tulip ExtravaganzaWelcome spring with over 150,000 colorful tulips at the Garvan Woodland Gardens Spring Tulip Extravaganza! The stunning array of blooms will be on display March 1st through April 30th, 2017!

Garvan Woodland Gardens is the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas. The facility is in the Ouachita Mountains of Southwest Arkansas on a peninsula extending into Lake Hamilton.

The extensive gardens are a place of learning, research, and cultural enrichment. During the annual Spring Tulip Extravaganza, however, they’re just plain beautiful!

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Attend Hot Springs’ First Ever 14th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

February 17th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

14th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day ParadeThe “First Ever 14th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade” is just one more of Hot Springs’ claims to fame. Scheduled for March 17th, 2017!

What do the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” Alfonso Ribeiro, and pro wrestler Ric Flair have in common?

They’ll both be at the 2017 World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs! Alfonso Ribeiro is this year’s Celebrity Grand Marshal and Ric Flair will be the Official Starter.

The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been held in Hot Springs since 2003. The 98-foot long parade is held on Bridge Street, the “shortest street in the world in everyday use,” according to Ripley’s Believe It or Not. While the whole use of “shortest” for the street or the parade is debatable, that’s hardly the point.

So what is the point? Fun – and lots of it!

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