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    From popular festivals to historic commemorations, Arkansas is ready to celebrate in 2017. Learn more about the festivals, performances and other events that mark a milestone anniversary this year.
     
    Dates TBA: 50th Anniversary of the Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale
    Region: Northwest
    The Arts Center of the Ozarks celebrates 50 years in 2017. Making great entertainment and creative educational opportunities […]
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    Jan. 13-April 15: Live Thoroughbred racing at Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs
    Region: Southwest
    Enjoy live Thoroughbred racing at a first-rate track. Oaklawn offers a variety of dining options and simulcast and instant racing the remainder of the year. The park’s "Racing Festival of the South" attracts the nation's top horses and the Arkansas Derby winner becomes eligible for the famous Triple Crown.
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    The Johnny Cash Musical Festival:
     
    The inaugural Johnny Cash Heritage Festival is set for Oct. 19-21, 2017, in Dyess. It will be extended beyond music to become a “heritage” festival, thus creating a great sense of both time and place associated with Johnny Cash’s early years. In addition to educational programs and entertainment, other festival components will include local and regional crafts and regional and local flavor food v[…]
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    After the United States entered World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt created the War Relocation Authority, creating 10 sites throughout the country to incarcerate Japanese Americans. Rohwer and Jerome were established in March 1942 and served as the War Relocation Authority’s easternmost camp sites. The two camps would eventually house nearly 18,000 people. Jerome, located in Drew County, operated the shortest amount of time of any of the 10 camps, from Oct. 6, 1942, to June 30,[…]
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    Arkansas Delta Music Trail: Sounds from the Soil and Soul
    Interpretive wayside signs are located throughout 15 counties of the Arkansas Delta. The signs give background information on legendary musicians, performers and important musical sites. Signs are located in Dyess, Tyronza, West Memphis, Brinkley, Marianna, Turkey Scratch, Helena-West Helena and near McGehee.
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    Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources/El Dorado Downtown
    On January 10, 1921, near El Dorado a geyser of “black gold” spewed far over the 112-foot derrick of Arkansas’s first productive oil well. The town’s population quickly skyrocketed, creating the need for a new courthouse, more business space and larger churches. The prosperity would subsequently spread through 10 south Arkansas counties as more oil and natural gas was discovered. At th[…]
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    Blanchard Springs Caverns
    Ranked among the most beautiful underground discoveries of the 20th century, this limestone cavern is located deep in the Ozark National Forest, 15 miles north of Mountain View (listed below). It is the only developed cave system operated by the U.S. Forest Service and is open throughout the year. Lighted walkways lead to stunning formations and massive rooms, one as large as six football fields. Nearby Blanchard Springs Recreational Use […]
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    Amazeum
    The 45,000-SF project in Bentonville is aimed at children and families, emphasizing interactive art and science exhibits, including a climbable canopy structure, a "tinkering studio" for young inventors and an acre of outdoor space.
    CONTACT: J 209 NE 2nd St, 479-696-9280; www.Amazeum.org
     
    Arkansas & Missouri Railroad
    Travel through the Boston Mountains on vintage rail cars, trestles over 12[…]
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    Argenta Arts District
    This arts district in downtown North Little Rock is located along the banks of the Arkansas River and is home to Verizon Arena, Dickey-Stephens Ballpark and several art galleries and restaurants as well as a community theater and eclectic shopping. The Argenta Farmers Market takes place every Saturday beginning in late March from 7 a.m.–noon. All products sold are certified as coming from Arkansas family farmers.
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    Robinson Center
    The reopening of the newly renovated Robinson Auditorium, which has been billed as its “second act,” is the biggest recent development in the cultural life of Central Arkansas. The $70 million upgrade included acoustical and technological enhancements, a grand ballroom and patio overlooking the Arkansas River, new conference spaces and expanded lobbies and public facilities, all wrapped up in a LEED-certified package that maintains the […]
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    Big River Crossing, West Memphis
    Region: Upper Delta
    Pedestrians and bicyclists can enjoy the Big River Crossing in West Memphis, which officially opened in fall of 2016. Featuring stunning views of the Mississippi River, the Big River Crossing connects downtown West Memphis to downtown Memphis. The $17.5 million dollar boardwalk is built alongside the historic Harahan Bridge and is the longest public pedestrian bridge along the Mississi[…]
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    Back 40 Mountain Bike Trail, Bella Vista
    Region: Northwest 
    The Back 40 single track mountain bike trail in Bella Vista is a 40-mile trail system. The Back 40 Loop is the main trail within that system that circles the east side of the city. There isn’t really a starting point for the loop, but rather four trailheads for access — Buckingham Trailhead, Lake Ann Trailhead, Bear Hollow Trailhead, and Blowing Springs Park[…]
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    Camper cabins at Lake Ouachita State Park
    Four new camper cabins have been added to the lineup at Lake Ouachita State Park. Camper cabins include heating and air conditioning, a queen bed, bunk bed ( guests bring own linens), a bench dining table, and a screened-in porch outfitted with deck chairs to enjoy the view from the campground.
    CONTACT: 501-767-9366, www.ArkansasStateParks.com/LakeO[…]
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    Located in Pine Bluff, the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame honors individuals with Arkansas connections who have made significant contributions to the entertainment arts. The exhibits commemorating the members are permanently housed on display in the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Inductees include Arkansans such as Johnny Cash, Levon Helm, Al Green, Glen Campbell, Charlie Rich, Louis Jordan, Conway Twitty, William Warfield, John Grisham, Ronnie Dunn, William Grant Still, Lawrence Hamilton, Jo[…]
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    Quapaw Canoe Company, located at 107 Perry St. in Helena-West Helena, is the only outfitter on the Lower Mississippi offering guided and self-guided Mississippi River adventures. For a true adventure, plan a paddle upstream from Helena to the beautiful Buck Island. The island's virgin natural setting offers five miles of hiking trails through a 1,000 acre hardwood forest and 500 acres of sand bars, offering the ideal setting for bird-watching, primitive camping, picnics, photography and sup[…]
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    The Big River Crossing now connects West Memphis, Ark., to downtown Memphis. A major focus of the Big River Crossing is the “big river” itself, which visitors view from the nearly one-mile walkway built alongside the historic Harahan Bridge, one of the river’s former roadways. Opened in 1916, the Harahan Bridge connected West Memphis and Memphis and was used for over 30 years. The structure features two railways and two roadways built off the side of the main bridge struct[…]
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    In 1992, Ellen and Darrell Dalton decided to use a portion of the family farm to create Pumpkin Hollow, which featured Arkansas’s first corn maze. Twenty-five years later, Pumpkin Hollow, located near Piggott in St. Francis, has grown into one of Arkansas’s largest fall attractions.
     
    Now, in addition to the corn maze and the pumpkin patch, there are activities for all ages. For the youngsters, there are pony rides, pig scrambles, the Kids’ Barn, t[…]
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    It started in September 1964. Four young men from Liverpool needed some rest and relaxation. It had been a stellar year for the guys – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. In August, the foursome, known worldwide as the Beatles, returned to the U.S. for their American tour, performing in concert 30 times in 23 cities. They had five singles in the Top 5, their first movie, “A Hard Day’s Night,” premiered in the United States, and fans couldn&#[…]
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    This month-long celebration of the arts in Eureka Springs celebrates its 30th year in 2017. Activities run throughout the entire month of May. There are dozens of special exhibits, artists’ receptions and demonstrations, and free music in Basin Spring Park. Special features include the ArtRageous Parade on May 6, and gallery strolls downtown every Saturday evening, plus the White Street Studio Walk on May 19.
     
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    Blanchard Springs Caverns, in the town of Fifty-Six, offers several subterranean trips and guided tours. The caverns stay at a nice, constant 58 degrees every day of the year, so visitors can admire the incredible rock formations regardless of the weather.
     
    Take guided walking tours through an active cavern system, featuring sparkling calcite formations, stalactites, stala[…]
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    As Fort Smith approaches its 200th birthday, the city’s bicentennial committee is making big plans to celebrate. A commemorative coffee table bicentennial book is in the works. The city will stage an event at Belle Pointe on Christmas Day of 2017 and then will celebrate the entirety of 2018 with special events in these areas:
     
    First Quarter: Arts and Culture
    Second Quarter: Frontier Heritage
    Third Quarter: Fort Smith Homecoming (will ha[…]
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    With roots in the 1800s, one of the oldest wineries in The Natural State is Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, located in the Arkansas River Valley.
     
    Atop St. Mary’s Mountain, the Wiederkehr family tradition of winemaking began in 1880 when Johann Andreas Wiederkehr and his family emigrated from Switzerland to America. The original hand-dug wine cellar, now the site of the Weinkeller Restaurant featuring Swiss and Continental cuisine, is listed on the National Register[…]
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    Like many good ideas, the Arkansas Goat Festival stemmed from a series of “what ifs” that spiraled into reality. Perryville residents Sarah French and Liz Van Dalsem were casually brainstorming about what kinds of activities to feature in the town’s monthly “Saturdays on the Square” gatherings, when French, a goat-lover through and through, had an “a-ha” moment to include a goat parade. Then she thought it would be fun if the goats were in costume&#[…]
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    The year-old Little Rock Rangers team, which closed their first season in 2016 with four straight victories to end 5-6-1, announced mid-2016 that it would be joining the Women’s Premier Soccer League for the 2017 season. The Rangers, a National Premier Soccer League team, had been looking to meet the demand for more soccer in the state and to answer the common fan question of when a women’s team could be expected. Jennifer Pfeiffer, the director of coaching at the Arkansas State[…]
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    You never know who you might run into at the Firehouse Hostel and Museum, located inside—you guessed it—a restored historic firehouse in MacArthur Park. The 1917 Craftsman style building once house Little Rock Fire Station #2, and the charmingly restored property is filled with artifacts from firefighting history. Located in the heart of Little Rock in MacArthur Park, this hostel is close to all downtown attractions, including museums, galleries, shops, restaurants, and the vibr[…]
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    Discover the people and places that helped shape our great state with two fascinating audio tours outlining political history and the history of the civil rights movement in Arkansas. Audio files and printable scripts are available for download, and paper maps are available at the Visitor Information Center at Historic Curran Hall and at downtown hotels. Just choose your starting location then simply look for the numbered decals embedded in the sidewalk and listen to the corresponding audio[…]
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    The reopening of the newly renovated Robinson Auditorium, which has been billed as its “second act,” is the biggest recent development in the cultural life of Central Arkansas. The $70 million upgrade included acoustical and technological enhancements, a grand ballroom and patio overlooking the Arkansas River, new conference spaces and expanded lobbies and public facilities, all wrapped up in a LEED-certified package that maintains the historical significance of the original str[…]
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    Hiking is an awe inspiring route to experience the beauty of Arkansas. The state’s climate allows the pastime year round. The state’s diverse topography offers a range of scenic territory to explore, including Southwest Arkansas, home to the Read More
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    A historic brew has made its debut in Hot Springs. Madden’s No.1 beer is brewed from the same recipe that was used by gangster Owney Madden during Prohibition. Madden made a fortune off the beer during Prohibition and it was served in New York City in locations such as the Cotton Club. The beer is now being made in Hot Springs at Read More
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    Among the many prime ATV riding destinations in Arkansas is one of the most popular in the nation, the Wolf Pen Gap ATV Trails in Mena.
     
    Wolf Pen Gap was the first trail system built specificall[…]
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    The 2017 and 2018 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships will be in Arkadelphia. The championships, which as of now are scheduled to take place in the spring, will be on a single-track course around DeGray Lake on the Iron Mountain Trail System. The races are being put on by local racing event company DLT Events, which is run by Fred Phillips, who lives in[…]
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    The Spudnut Shop in Magnolia is one of only two shops where you can get Spudnuts in the state. The other is the Spudnut Shoppe Co. in El Dorado at 810 West Faulkner Street. Spudnuts are donuts whose main ingredient that sets them apart is potato flour. The recipe […]
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