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The 22nd Annual Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship

August 6, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship 2018Come out to Harrison, AR for the 22nd Annual Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship! The two day event includes a cornucopia of attractions, including hot air balloon rides, competitions, live music, and much more! September 7th to the 9th, 2018!

The Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship that was begun in 1995 grows bigger and better each year! The event, aka the Arkansas Balloon Festival and the Arkansas Hot Air Balloon Race, features more than 20 hot air balloons.

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One of Arkansas’ Oldest Festivals – Tontitown Grape Festival!

July 9, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Tontitown Grape Festival 2018The annual Tontitown Grape Festival is one of Arkansas’ largest and oldest festivals. In fact, 2018 is Tontitown Grape Festival’s 120th anniversary! Come celebrate, August 7th through the 11th, 2018!

Tontitown Grape Festival is a tradition in Northwest Arkansas that goes all the way back to 1898. The event draws folks from all over for 3 days of spaghetti dinners, carnival rides, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and much more.

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Can You Dig It? Where To Find Quartz Crystals in Arkansas

June 18, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Where to find Quartz Crystals in ArkansasThe quality and availability of naturally occurring quartz crystals in Arkansas is rivaled only by Brazil. If you’re a fan of quartz crystals, a visit to Arkansas’ Ouchitas is most definitely in order.

Whether you love crystals or are just looking for something neat to bring home as a vacation memento, you should visit Arkansas’ Ouachita Mountains. The area is known for its abundant deposits of quartz crystal. And by “deposits” I mean that, in some areas, you could once simply scoop the crystals up off the ground like so many pebbles.

Of course, by now, most those easy to scoop-up crystals are … already scooped up. Today, one has to either rely on a rock shop for crystals in Arkansas – or go mine your own. But wait. Before you invest in a headlamp and pick axe, there’s something you should know about “mining” quartz crystals in Arkansas.

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Get Set for Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Festival 2018!

May 19, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Festival 2018The 28th annual Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Festival kicks off summer with an all-star lineup of blues artists, plus food, vendors, and more. Don’t miss the “best little blues festival in America” – June 22nd – 23rd, 2018.

The 2018 Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Festival is the continuation of a nearly 30-year, Arkansas tradition. People come from all around, every year, to soak up some of the finest rock and blues around. This year’s festival sees headliners Hadden Sayers (Friday) and Victor Wainwright & The Train (Saturday).

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Visit and Explore Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

March 30, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR
photo: Kevin Dooley

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a beautifully designed art museum in Bentonville, AR. The museums’s noteworthy collection contains important works from a broad swath of American artists, from Colonial times up to the present.

The first thing you notice upon arrival at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is the museum itself. The design, by architect Moshe Safdie and engineer Buro Happold, is a piece of art in and of itself.

The stunning glass-and-wood design is nestled around two spring-fed ponds in the forest.  Two bridge pavilions stretch out over the water to give the museum its name. This winning combination of nature and design make for an inspirational experience. The Crystal Bridges facility includes galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, a library, sculpture garden, and a glass-enclosed gathering hall that can hold up to 300 people.

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Discover Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway

March 17, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Discover Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic BywayAmerica’s largest alluvial plane also holds one of Arkansas’ most scenic motorcycle rides. Come discover Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway in the Arkansas Delta region.

The Eastern Arkansas Delta region is situated within our nation’s largest alluvial plain. An alluvial plane is a vast and ancient flatland created over the eons by continual flooding. In this instance, the culprit is the Mississippi River and a millennia of erosion, silt deposits, and course changes.

Arkansas’ Delta region sounds rather violent and ugly when described like that but nothing could be farther from the truth. The area is lush, beautiful, and contains some of our nation’s most gorgeous country, including Crowley’s Ridge Parkway.

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Come Explore The Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights!

December 8, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2017Just last post we focused on Lights Of The Ozarks in Fayetteville – but that’s hardly the only amazing Christmas light display in Arkansas. In fact, Arkansas is home to so many stunning holiday light displays, there is an extensive state tour trail! This holiday season, come explore the festive Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights!

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Don’t Miss Fayetteville’s Lights Of The Ozarks 2017!

November 24, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Lights Of The Ozarks 2017The 23rd annual Lights Of The Ozarks sees more than 450,000 lights decorating Fayetteville, AR’s downtown square. It’s the twinkling winter wonderland event of the season! November 17th through December 31st, 2017.

Arkansas is full of great things to do during the end-of-the-year holidays. One of the brightest is Fayetteville’s annual Lights Of The Ozarks event. Lights Of The Ozarks transforms downtown Fayetteville into a stunning sea of twinkling lights and festive holiday fancy.

The lights are everywhere downtown: twined around light and sign poles, outlining buildings, adding color and fun to bushes, hedges, fences, and trees. Stands of lights make up familiar figures and objects like Santa, snowflakes, poinsettias, and even Razorbacks!

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Discover The Unique Stone Formations of Bull Shoals Caverns

October 27, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Bull Shoals Caverns, Bull Shoals, ARCome see the underground waterfall, lake, and fantastic rock formations of Bull Shoals Caverns! A 350 million year-old living cave in North Central Arkansas.

Bull Shoals Caverns were carved out of solid limestone by water in a lengthy process that is ongoing. The caverns are still being cut and shaped to this day, and will continue to be as long as there is water to flow and limestone to dissolve. That’s why it’s known as a “living” cave. Any cave that is still in the process of being formed is referred to as a “living” cave.

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Prospect For Real Treasure at Crater of Diamonds State Park

October 16, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Crater of Diamonds State ParkCrater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, AR is billed as “The World’s Only ‘Keep What You Find’ Diamond Site” – and that’s the truth. Where else can you pay a small fee to dig for diamonds you can keep?

You’re probably thinking to yourself that this has to be some kind of scam. That the park is either seeding the site with a few cheap diamonds for tourists to find – or that there’s nothing there at all. It’s sensible to be skeptical about these things – but, in this instance, you’d be wrong on both counts.

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