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Don’t Miss the 2019 National Championship Chuckwagon Races!

July 12, 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 28, 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 17, 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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Take A Hike – Petit Jean State Park Trails

May 18, 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 26, 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 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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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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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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