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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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Discover Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

January 26, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, ARTurpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, in Eureka Springs, AR isn’t just the largest big cat sanctuary in the country, it’s one of the largest in the world!

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) rescues and provides forever homes to abused, abandoned, and neglected big cats. Their 459-acre facility can house – and does house – more than 100 of the big animals at one time. Though the emphasis is on big cats, they’re also home to exotic animals like bears, coatimundi, and macaques.

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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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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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Hillberry Music Festival 2018 – The Harvest Moon Music Festival 2018

September 21, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Hillberry Music Festival 2018Come out to Eureka Springs, AR for the 5th annual Hillberry Music Festival 2018! October 11th through the 14th, 2018 at “The Farm” in the Ozarks of Eureka Springs.

Hillberry Music Festival is a 4-day, annual music experience held right here in the Ozarks, just ten miles outside Eureka Springs. The festival kicks off Thursday night at 6pm and continues on into the wee hours every night through Sunday.

This years event features headliners Railroad Earth on two nights and a host of others, including Trampled By Turtles, Sam Bush, Lettuce, and The Wood Brothers.

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Helena’s King Biscuit Blues Festival 2018

September 7, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

King Biscuit Blues Festival 2018October 3rd through the 6th will see the 33rd annual King Biscuit Blues Festival take over downtown Helena, AR, for four days and five stages of great blues music and so much more!

King Biscuit Blues Festival 2018 headliners include Bobby Rush, Blackberry Smoke, Dave Mason, and Steve Cropper.

King Biscuit Time

The annual King Biscuit Blues Festival was founded in 1986 but its roots go all the way back to 1941 and the nation’s longest-running radio show.

King Biscuit Time,” still broadcast on Helena’s KFFA, debuted in 1941. The show featured live, daily performances by the “King Biscuit Entertainers:” Sonny Boy Williamson II and Robert Lockwood Jr.

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3 Days of Fun at Hope Watermelon Festival 2018!

July 13, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

2018 Hope Watermelon FestivalCome out to Hope, AR this August for the 42nd annual Hope Watermelon Festival! This year’s celebration includes the Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour with Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee – plus tons more! August 9th through the 11th, 2018.

Hope Watermelon Festival has been held every August since the mid-70’s, with roots going back to the 1920’s. This beloved and historic festival serves up 3 solid days of food, music, and old-time fun.

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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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