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Toad Suck Daze Festival 2019

April 20, 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 31, 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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Saunders Museum – A Stunning Gem of an Ozarks Museum

March 15, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Saunders Museum in Berryville, ARWhen you step across the threshold at Saunders Museum, in Berryville AR, you’re in for one heck of a surprise. This small town, Ozarks museum is home to a very large and historically significant gun collection.

How historically significant?

Well, the collection includes the guns that were owned by both Frank and Jesse James, Annie Oakley, Billy The Kid, and Sam Houston, to name a few. You can also see firearms owned by Cole Younger, Belle Star, Cherokee Bill, Wild Bill Hickok, and Buffalo Bill Cody.

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Visit the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum

February 28, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

William J. Clinton Library and Museum in Little Rock, ARCome to Little Rock’s Clinton Presidential Library and discover the life, times, and so very much more about the 42nd President of the United States.

William Jefferson Clinton was President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. He also served as the Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981, and from 1983 to 1992. The Clinton Presidential Center, in Little Rock, AR, provides a unique, in-depth perspective on the life and continuing work of President Bill Clinton.

Presidential Libraries preserve the papers, records, and other historical materials relating to the president they are named after. The libraries help to shed continuing light on a President’s term in office and the important issues of their career. Every president since Herbert Hoover has a Presidential Library.

While presidential libraries primarily serve as archives, most also manage to become tourist attractions. That’s certainly the case with the Clinton Presidential Library!

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Tour a Submarine at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum!

February 15, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Inland Maritime MuseumCome to Arkansas and tour … a submarine? Yes, you read that correctly. In fact, Little Rock’s Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum has TWO, floating, World War II-era, Naval vessels!

You might be surprised to learn that you can tour a real, floating submarine in a land-locked state like Arkansas but it’s true.

The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum doesn’t just have a “boat or two,” they’ve two historic vessels bookending World War II! Both the USS Hoga and the USS Razorback are here.

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The Odditorium – A Curiosities Museum in Hot Springs

January 18, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Maxwell Blade’s Odditorium and Curiosities Museum in Hot Springs, ARStrange taxidermy, voodoo dolls, mysteries of nature, and much more will intrigue and startle you at Maxwell Blade’s Odditorium and Curiosities Museum in Hot Springs, AR.

Are you fascinated by the weird, the mysterious, and the mildly morbid? If so, then you do not want to miss Hot Springs’ Odditorium and Curiosities Museum!

The ever-growing collection is owned and exhibited by Hot Spring’s illusionist and entertainer, Maxwell Blade. His collection of more than 300 rare and strange objects come from all over the world.

Previously housed in what was once one of the South’s only drive-through mortuaries, the Odditorium has since moved to Hot Spring’s restored and historic Malco Theatre.

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Step Back In Time at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

December 24, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Prairie Grove Battlefield State ParkArkansas’ Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park is nationally recognized as one of America’s most intact Civil War battlefields. Step back in time with a visit and tour of the site of northwest Arkansas last major Civil War battle.

The Battle of Prairie Grove was fought on December 7th, 1862, between the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi and the Union Army of the Frontier. The Confederates hoped to stop the Union’s Southern advance, with Fort Smith at stake.

Both forces were relatively equal and the battle, which saw fierce fighting and over 2,700 casualties, ended in a tactical draw. It was a strategic victory for the Union, however, who commanded the field after the smoke cleared. Confederate hopes for securing northwest Arkansas declined thereafter.

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Lakeport Plantation – Arkansas’ Last Antebellum House

December 16, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Lakeport PlantationLakeport Plantation is the last remaining, untouched antebellum home on the Mississippi River in Arkansas. It has successfully transitioned from slavery, to tenant farming, to a museum and historic site over the last 185+ years. And it’s still producing cotton.

Kentuckian Joel Johnson established Lakeport Plantation in 1831. His son, Lycurgus Johnson, took the reins in 1846. By 1856, the cotton market was providing well for southern plantation holders like Johnson. He built the large house on the property in 1859 and expanded the plantation to well over 4,000 acres by 1860. He also held 155 slaves.

The looming Civil War had other plans, however.

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Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2018

November 23, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2018Come travel the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights and discover a cornucopia of Christmas light displays stretching from the North Central region to the Lower Delta.

Who doesn’t love seeing the fun and festive holiday light displays that spring up around this time of year? Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you can’t deny that the multi-colored lights and decorations bring life and joy to what can otherwise be a cold and bleak season.

Arkansans certainly seem to enjoy decorating. In fact, Arkansas becomes a true holiday wonderland every year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Communities and individuals across the state invest a lot of time, money, and heartfelt effort into decorating for the season. Expansive arrays of twinkling lights and animated displays spring up in parks, fields, city greens, and elsewhere. Many are so big you have to walk or even drive through them to see everything.

If this sounds like fun to you then you should definitely consider making a stop or two along the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights.

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Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2018 – Fall Session

October 8, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2018November brings three full days of bluegrass goodness to the Ozarks with the Fall session of Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2018! November 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2018!

Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2018 is the 16th annual return of what has become an Ozarks’ tradition.

The 3-day festival takes place every year at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR. Each day sees a jam-packed schedule of first rate, bluegrass music from local and regional bands.

Mountain View Bluegrass Festival has been going strong since 2001. In fact, it grew so popular, drawing so many wonderful musicians and large crowds alike, that it is held in two sessions, spring and fall.

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