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What's New for 2018 in Northwest & North Central Arkansas

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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 Center for the Study of Food, Bike Rack Brewing, Hello Cocoa, Yeyo’s Mexican Grill and a vendor market with more market partners on the way. Culinary summits and food events are a big part of the offerings as well.
CONTACT: 801 SE 8th Street, Bentonville, AR 72712, info@8stmarket.com, www.8StMarket.com.
 
Developments in Batesville
Region: North Central
A recent resurgence of downtown Batesville means more storefronts to visit for eateries, antique shops and other specialty stores. Main Street also underwent a major beautification project with many live plantings. The newest attraction is a $22 million Community Center/Aquatics Park that opened in 2017. It houses a large outdoor water park, indoor aquatic center, volleyball/racquetball courts, walking track, convention space and more.
CONTACT: Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, 870-793-2378, www.MyBatesville.org.
 
Unexpected Project, Fort Smith
Region: Northwest
New additions include a modern art mural trail that blends nicely with Old West history in Fort Smith. Eight more murals were painted on buildings last year during the Unexpected Project, a week-long festival held each summer that lets folks watch talented international artists create urban contemporary art downtown. In its third year, the festival has resulted in more than 30 murals.