Arkansas Balloon Festival 2019 – Celebration In The Sky

August 16th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Balloon Festival 2019Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane! No, wait. It’s much better than that. It’s Arkansas Balloon Festival 2019, Sept 6-8, 2019 in Harrison, AR!

The Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championships are a popular annual event, held in Harrison, AR since 1995. While the event is primarily a chance for balloon pilots to show off their skills, that’s not all. The three-day event also features helicopter rides, skydiving, tethered balloon rides, food, drink, and goods vendors, and live music.

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Discover Arkansas’ Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari!

July 29th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Wild Wilderness Drive-Through SafariLions, tigers, and bears, oh, wow! See these beautiful animals and a whole lot more at the Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari in Gentry, AR!

If you enjoy animals, you’ll love the Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari! The 400-acre farm in Gentry Arkansas is home to more than 50 different species, ranging from sheep and pygmy goats to hippos and ligers.

The facility includes a 4-mile drive through section, a walk-through area, animal petting parks, and seasonal pony and camel rides.

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Don’t Miss the 2019 National Championship Chuckwagon Races!

July 12th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

2019 National Championship Chuckwagon Races

“Chuck Wagon Racing” (detail) by xlibber is licensed under CC BY 2.0

If you’re looking for some good, old fashioned fun and excitement, look no further than the 33rd annual National Championship Chuckwagon Races, in Clinton AR!

Chuckwagon racing got its official start as a spectator sport at the 1923 Calgary Stampede. The U.S. National Championship Chuckwagon Races, on the other hand, have been a Labor Day weekend tradition in Clinton, AR since 1986.

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Mystic Caverns – Two of Arkansas Most Spectacular Caves

June 28th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Mystic Caverns in Harrison ArkansasMystic Caverns, in Harrison, AR, is the site of not one but two spectacular show caves – one of which wasn’t discovered until a bulldozer broke through in the mid 1960’s!

Mystic Cavern has been around so long no one is even sure when it was first discovered. The region was settled in the 1830’s and the original entrance was pretty obvious so it can likely be dated to that time. The earliest physical evidence of visitors dates back to 1919 when someone by the name of “Adam Kolbe” carved his name and the date on a cave formation.

By the 1920’s, the cave was a functioning attraction, only the second or third Arkansas show cave to open in the state at that time. The cave was known as both “Mansion Cave” and “Wild Horse Cave” before being renamed “Mystic Caverns” in the 1950’s.

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Johnson County Peach Festival 2019

June 17th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Johnson County Peach Festival 2019Come experience the fun of Arkansas’ longest running festival at the 78th annual Johnson County Peach Festival! July 18th through July 20th, 2019 in Clarksville, AR.

The Johnson County Peach Festival has been an Arkansas tradition since 1938. The best part of such a successful and long running event is the trust it engenders. I mean, after 78 years, you know they’ve got this thing down.

That’s certainly true of Johnson County Peach Festival 2019. The weekend is a veritable cornucopia of activities, entertainments, and attractions.

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Rodeo of the Ozarks 2019 – Saddle Up for the 75th Anniversary

May 31st, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Rodeo of the Ozarks 2019The 75th annual Rodeo of the Ozarks – June 26th through the 29th, 2019 – is coming right up! Don’t miss your chance to experience one of the top five outdoor rodeos in the country!

Rodeo of the Ozarks has been a staple of summer entertainment here in NW Arkansas since 1944. The event draws hundreds of folks from around the country to come compete and spectate.

More than 500 of the nation’s best cowboys, cowgirls, and rough stock are expected at this year’s event. Rodeo events include bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. Youth events include a calf scramble, a “wild horse” race, and – of course! – mutton busting.

The whole shebang winds up with a parade and an exciting fireworks display!

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Take A Hike – Petit Jean State Park Trails

May 18th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

an overlook at Petit Jean State ParkLooking to get out into the great outdoors this summer? Great idea and I know just the place: Arkansas’ Petit Jean State Park trails are some of the best around, leading to waterfalls, stunning overlooks, interesting rock formations, and more!

Petit Jean State Park (pronounced “petty-jeen”) is the oldest and one of the most popular state parks in Arkansas. It’s natural beauty and fascinating geology have been attracting visitors since prehistoric times. In fact, the park contains more Native American rock art than any other in the state.

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Old Fort Days Rodeo 2019 – 86 Years of Boots, Bulls, and Barrels

April 26th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Old Fort Days Rodeo 2019If you’re looking for some good, old fashioned excitement and entertainment, then don’t miss Old Fort Days Rodeo 2019, May 27th through June 1st in Fort Smith, AR.

The annual Old Fort Days Rodeo has been a tradition in Fort Smith for 86 years, now. The rodeo attracts talented cowboys and excited audiences with a winning combination of high prize money and fast paced, quality rodeo action.

Events include calf and team roping, barrel racing, bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, and mutton busting. The event also includes an annual rodeo parade, nightly live entertainment, special theme nights, and much more.

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Toad Suck Daze Festival 2019

April 20th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Toad Suck Daze 2019Toad Suck Daze 2019 is coming right up, May 3rd through the 5th, in Conway, AR. This annual event attracts up to 150,000 visitors each year with live music, carnival rides, and of course, Toad Races!

Toad Suck Daze has been entertaining folks the first weekend of every May since 1982. What began as one man’s idea on how to forget the recession has become a beloved annual festival that attracts visitors from all over.

The event is named after a historic crossing on the Arkansas River, just outside of Conway. “Daze” was added as a play on the word “days” and to call out “the euphoria of spring.” The festival was originally held in Toad Suck Park but was moved to downtown Conway after spring flooding made the park unavailable one year.

The name “Toad Suck” itself, remains somewhat of a mystery. Theories abound as to the source. The most accepted theory is that, while steamboat crews waited for their loads to be transferred, they’d frequent a tavern on the spot and commence to “… suck on the bottle ’til they swell up like toads.”

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Explore War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake

March 31st, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

War Eagle Cavern on Beaver LakeHike beautiful lake trails and explore the natural underground formations of War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake in Rogers, AR!

The Ozarks are riddled with fascinating caves to explore but few have as unique an entrance as War Eagle Cavern.

War Eagle Cavern is a family operated show cave and one of the very oldest show caves in the state. The cave is located in a box canyon on the south end of Beaver Lake, making it reachable by both car and boat. For those enjoying Beaver Lake, the War Eagle Cavern dock is close to Devil’s Gap Inlet.

Approaching the cave, you’ll immediately spot the large, natural opening in the limestone. A wide, smooth pathway leads into the cave’s mouth, following the course of a crystal clear stream flowing from the cavern’s depths.

Inside, 4 miles and three stories of cavern system have been explored – with much more still waiting to be discovered!

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