Media Kit

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    From popular festivals to historic commemorations, Arkansas is ready to celebrate in 2018. Learn more about the festivals, performances and other events that mark a milestone anniversary this year.
     
    80th anniversary of the Great River Road
    Region: Upper Delta and Lower Delta
    In 2018, the Great River Road turns 80! Arkansas’s 362-mile section of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway winds its way throu[…]
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    Jan. 12-April 14: 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.
    CONTACT: 1-800-OAKLAW[…]
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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
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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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    The Arkansas Cinema Society
    The Arkansas Cinema Society launched in late 2017 with a mission to connect filmmakers, film enthusiasts and future film industry workers with a series of intimate, carefully curated screenings, talks and education programs. With award-winning (and native Arkansan) filmmaker Jeff Nichols heavily involved and longtime industry insider Kathryn Tucker at the helm, the society aims to be a year-round, statewide Little Rock Central High Scho[…]
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    Arkansas City trailhead, Delta Heritage State Park
    Region: Lower Delta
    The Arkansas City Trailhead of the Delta Heritage Trail State Park will soon include a multi-use building designed in the style of historic rail depots. The building will house administrative functions for the park’s southern operations, bathhouse facilities and an open pavilion. Site development of the trailhead will include parking improvements, picnic are[…]
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    8th Street Market, Bentonville
    Region: Northwest
    Foodie fun continues to grow in this region as well. The 8th Street Market in Bentonville is a community-focused food hub where the anchor tenants and merchants serve each other, as well as the larger community. It is committed to becoming a model for creating economic growth by supporting small and midsize local farmers and real food entrepreneurs. Here, you’ll find Brightwater: A C[…]
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    Bubba Brew’s new locations, Hot Springs
    Bubba Brew’s on Lake Hamilton is 8,000 square feet and can be accessed by land or water. The menu includes burgers etc and the venue has live music every Friday and karaoke every Saturday. Bubba Brew’s Brewing Co. Spa City Taproom is located in the former Bank of America building in downtown Hot Springs. This is a brewery and grill.
    CONTACT: Bubba Brew’s on Lake Hamilton, 1252 Airport Ro[…]
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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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    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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    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, stal[…]
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    Fort Smith celebrates its 200th birthday with big plans from the city’s bicentennial committee. A commemorative coffee table bicentennial book is available. The city staged an event at Belle Pointe on Christmas Day of 2017 and 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 […]
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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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    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 recently renovated Robinson Auditorium, which has been billed as its “second act,” has had a big impact on 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 structure. This renovation to […]
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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 is being made 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 specific[…]
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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 recip[…]
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    Elvis grew up listening to her music. Bob Dylan, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Tina Turner, Isaac Hayes, Jerry Lee Lewis and even fellow Arkansan Johnny Cash cited her as a musical influence. Her guitar playing appealed to legendary guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Jeff Beck. She’s been called “the Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Now, nearly 45 years after her death, Arkansas Delta native Sister Rosetta Tharpe is being inducted into the Rock and[…]
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    The face of the river, in time, became a wonderful book . . . which told its mind to me without reserve, delivering its most cherished secrets as clearly as if it had uttered them with a voice. And it was not a book to be read once and thrown aside, for it had a new story to tell every day.
    Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi
     
    Along The Natural State’s eastern border flows a mighty river that has transformed the la[…]
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    The 1862 Battle of Prairie Grove was the last time two armies of almost equal strength faced each other for supremacy in northwest Arkansas. When the Confederate Army withdrew, it was clear Missouri and northwest Arkansas would remain in Federal hands.
     
    Today, historic homes are located on the 838-acre Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, which has a self-guided walking tour and driving tour. The park's visitors center has a gift shop, museum and bookstore. Pavili[…]
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