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Travelin’ Arkansas: Events Taking Place from October 1-30


September 4, 2008

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism


Note to Print and Broadcast Editors:

We at the Arkansas Tourism Division recognize that our “Travelin’ Arkansas” media releases are frequently too lengthy to be used in their entirety. However, we feel an obligation to represent a variety of events from across the state. We encourage you to consider adapting “Travelin’ Arkansas” to fit your needs by selecting events you feel meet the interests of your readers or listeners. In addition, we would suggest that “Travelin’ Arkansas” items may be used on a stand-alone basis to fill your space and time needs.


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The coming of autumn brings fall colors and the harvest season along with the cooler temperatures. A popular seasonal pastime is going to a pumpkin patch and there are several dandies in central Arkansas.

Lady Liberty and the Liberty Bell provide the inspiration for Schaefer’s Corn Maze in Mayflower. The event runs through Nov. 9 and includes scenic hayrides, a corn maze express and a maze for the little kids. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 60 and over, $5 ages 6-12 with two and under free; group rates available. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The farm is located at 863 Lollie Road in Mayflower. Check www.schaeferscornmaze.com or call 501-269-7903 for more information.

Hardin Farms Pumpkin Patch Festival is scheduled for Oct. 1-31 at the farm in Grady. In addition to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, there will be a Native American Village, a hay maze and a haunted house. There will also be hayrides, a giant tree swing and the Little Farmer’s Play Land. The farm is located on U.S. 65 South in Grady. For additional information call 870-479-3978.

Peebles Farms Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch in Augusta will be Oct. 3 through 31. Theme for this year’s event is “Spider Web,” which will be highlighted by a 20-acre corn maze in the shape of an Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. There will be a 10-acre you-pick pumpkin patch plus 20 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, and fall ornamentals. Hay rides and a petting zoo will be offered and the grounds have a covered picnic area, a play space and concessions. Discounts are available to school groups during the week. Open late on weekends for nighttime corn maze visits. Call for specific hours of operation and admission prices. The farm is located at 6805 Hwy. 64 East between August and McCrory, across from John Deere. Call 870-919-6162, e-mail dpeebles@ipa.net or check this Web site -- www.cornmazesamerica.com/peebles.htm -- for additional details.

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Lake Chicot State Park in Lake Village will host Fall Lake Tours on Oct. 2-21. Participants will learn the history of the lake, watch for wildlife and enjoy the scenic fall colors. Dates and times for the tours vary. For more information, contact Lake Chicot State Park at 870-265-5480 or visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com.

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Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View celebrates the harvest each fall with an herb Harvest Dinner and an Herb Harvest Festival. This year the dinner will be Oct. 2 with the festival following Oct. 3-4. The festival consists of workshops featuring nationally known authors, regional herbal experts, merchants of plants and herbal products and intensive classes. For admission prices and more information, phone 870-269-3851 or visit www.ozarkfolkcenter.com.

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The annual membership meeting of the Federation of Fly Fishers Southern Council Conclave will be Oct. 3-4 in Mountain Home. Casting and tying instruction will be available. There will also be in-stream workshops, clinics, seminars, fly tying demonstrations, commercial exhibitors, live and silent auctions and raffles. For registration fees and additional information, phone 870-425-1755 and visit www.southerncouncilfff.org.

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Harrison ushers in fall each year with its Harvest Homecoming. This year the event will be Oct. 3-4 on the historic downtown square. It includes food, music, dancers, crafts and more. For more information, phone 870-741-4889 and visit www.mainstreetharrison.org.

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The second largest juried show in the state takes place Oct. 3-5 in Hot Springs at the 40th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair. Over 350 artisans and vendors from all parts of the nation will be at the Garland County Fairgrounds for the event. For more details call 501-623-6841 or visit hotspringsartsandcraftsfair.com.

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A new event, the Twist of Green festival on the Fayetteville downtown square will take place Oct. 3-5 and will celebrate bioregional companies and people involved in the green scene. Activities will include art galleries, grand opening tours of the East Square Plaza building, prizes for best green theme attire, and a gala fundraiser with food and dancing. Food will be provided by Ozark Natural Foods and Greenhouse Grille with music by the Greasy Greens, a 12-piece swing band. An auction will include items such as a playhouse, dog house, cat tower and doll house designed with sustainable materials by architects, engineers and artists. All proceeds will benefit the Sustainable Science Fair Scholarship Program and Sustainable Northwest Arkansas.

The event is sponsored by SNWA, City of Fayetteville, University of Arkansas and Fayetteville Public Library. For more information, visit www.twistofgreen.org or contact Paul Flashnic at 479-878-3612.

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A tradition for 33 years, the annual Arkansas Apple Festival is set for Oct. 3-5 on the town square in Lincoln. Activities include arts and crafts, music, carnival rides, kids’ area, apple core throwing contest and a parade. There will also be a food court. Admission is free. For more information, phone 479-824-3402 or visit www.arkansasapplefestival.org.

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Celebrating the history of the area and Paris’ pioneer heritage and spirit, the 29th annual Frontier Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 4 on the downtown square. Beginning with a parade and ending with the Miss Frontier Day pageant, the event will also include contests, food vendors, arts and crafts, and live music. For more information, phone 479-963-2244 or visit www.parisaronline.com.

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The Hillbilly Blue Grass Battle of the Bands will be Oct. 4 at Eastside City Park in Ozark. This is the first year for this bluegrass competition, which will also include a Honey-Do Auction. Auctioned off will be services by local professionals such as dentists, doctors, beauticians and accountants.

Another first-time event in Ozark will be the Hillbilly Hog Ride on Oct. 11, also at the park. It will include a bike parade, poker run and Mr. and Miss Hillbilly pageant.

Ozark will observe its 36th annual Old Fashioned Square Gathering on Oct. 18 with arts and crafts, food, live entertainment, games, pageants, baby photo contest and more. For more information on any of these events, phone 501-667-5337.

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The Arkansas Street Rod Association will have pre-1949, restored cars on exhibit at the Caddo Bend area Oct. 4-5 during the 36th Annual Street Rod Car Show in Bismarck. For more information call 501-865-2801 or visit degray.com.

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Jacksonville’s free salute to fall, the 10th annual Wing Ding Festival, will be held Oct. 4 at Dupree Park. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This family oriented celebration includes such activities as the World Championship Chicken Wing Cook-Off, glider wars team competition, a volleyball tournament and commercial and crafts booths. Also scheduled are the Ashland Fishing Derby, paddleboat rides, motorcycle and car shows and plenty of entertainment. The ever-popular food court will be dishing out deep-fried Twinkies, roasted corn and peanuts, catfish, nachos, corn dogs, gator on a stick, turkey legs and polish sausages. The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce can provide more information at 501-982-1511 or events@jacksonville-arkansas.com.

Be sure and take in the 36th Annual Central Arkansas Gem and Mineral Show, which will also be held in Jacksonville on Oct. 4, continuing over to Oct. 5. The event takes place at the Jacksonville Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be vendors selling minerals, beads, fossils, lapidary material and jewelry demonstrations. A fun kid dig will be held just for the younger set. A geologist will be on hand between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to help visitors identify their rocks and minerals. Drawings will be held for door prizes and a grand prize. Admission is free. Take Exit 9 (Main Street) off U.S. 67/167 at Jacksonville. Check the Web site www.centralarrockhound.org, e-mail pkissire@sbcglobal.net or call 501-821-2346 for more details.

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Arkansas Post Museum State Park in Gillett will host an Old-Fashioned Swap Meet on Oct. 4. Come to buy or sell…or both! To learn more, call 870-548-2634 or log on to www.ArkansasStateParks.com.

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Arkansas is the nation’s number one producer of rice so it’s only natural there is a community festival honoring it. Hazen does so on Oct. 4 with the 32nd annual Grand Prairie Rice Festival slated for City Park at the junction of U.S. 70. and U.S. 63. The festival opens with the traditional antique farm equipment parade featuring vintage tractors, trucks and cars. Afterwards the equipment will be on display along with antique farm engines. A demonstration of threshing rice with a threshing machine will be held during the afternoon.

A mini-tractor pull sponsored by the Grand Prairie Mini Tractor Pullers Association will begin at 1 p.m. It will feature 10 classes of lawn and garden tractors with some of the top pulling tractors producing as much as fifty horsepower through regular hot rodding techniques such as cams and larger valves.

There will be food, craft and merchandise vendors along with entertainment and activities for children throughout the day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free. More information can be obtained by calling David Hardke or Sandy Kee at 870-255-3042 or e-mailing dhardke@mebanking.com.

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Lake Poinsett State Park in Harrisburg will host the 3rd annual Fall Celebration on Oct. 4. The event will feature live music, hayrides, games, activities and special interpretive programs throughout the day. To learn more, call 870-578-2064 or log on to www.ArkansasStateParks.com.

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Jonesboro Parks and Recreation will host the Fergus Snoddy Half-Marathon and Four-Mile Trail Run at Craighead Forest Park in Jonesboro on Oct. 4. Choose between the 13.1-mile or the four-mile off-road courses. The event, named after the man who gave his farmland for the relocation of Jonesboro in the late 1800s, offers runners a “hilly adventure” along Crowley’s Ridge. For more information, call 870-933-4604 or visit www.fergussnoddy.com.

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Lake Frierson State Park in Jonesboro will host an Evening Kayak and Dinner Cruise on Oct. 4. Spend an evening on scenic Lake Frierson and then enjoy a Dutch oven meal on the shoreline. To learn more, contact Lake Frierson State Park at 870-932-2615 or visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com.

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Spend the day in Lepanto on Oct. 4 as the town hosts the 78th annual Terrapin Derby and Festival. Watch as the turtles race to snap up the watermelon waiting for them at the finish line. Held in downtown Lepanto, the festival also promises live music, games, food, a parade, a street dance and, of course, the turtles! For more information, call 870-475-3182.

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Benton’s Dixie Car Club will host its 30th annual Car and Truck Show in conjunction with the Mid-America Old-Time Auto Association’s 50th annual Fall Show on Oct. 4. A huge array of antique cars and trucks will be on display at the Saline County Fairgrounds off I-30 at Exit 116. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with 100-point judging. There are classes for all cars, trucks and specialty vehicles with a first, second and third place trophy awarded in each category. Other awards will be given for People’s Choice (Best of Show), Ugliest Car, Oldest Car and Longest Distance Traveled (driven). There will be door prizes, food and entertainment. Admission is free. Call Bill Newsam at 501-778-3890 or e-mail him at billn@aristotle.net for more details.

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Things will be a little bit nuts on Oct. 4 in the small community of Keo as it celebrates its 5th annual Fall Daze and Pecan Festival. City-wide yard sales, games and activities for children, and demonstrations by the fire department are scheduled. The annual pecan cook-off is open to all comers and honors one of the community’s staple crops. Events will take place on Main Street. Call 501-842-3531 for more information or to enter the cook-off.

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Lake Charles State Park in Powhatan will host a Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop on Oct. 4. Learn how our ancestors cooked in the days before gas and electricity. Registration is required at least two weeks before the event. For more information, contact Lake Charles State Park at 870-878-6595 or visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com.

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Powhatan Historic State Park in Powhatan is offering Lace, Loops and Laughter: An Intermediate Tatting Workshop on Oct. 4. Participants will learn new tatting techniques such as splicing and various knots. For more information, call Powhatan Historic State Park at 870-878-6765 or log on to www.ArkansasStateParks.com.

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McGehee will host Owlfest 2008 on Oct. 9-11 at various locations in the town. Activities include a parade, a street dance, the 2nd annual World Championship Owl Hoot contest, a barbecue cook-off, a talent show, cooking demonstrations, live music and more. For more information, phone 870-222-4451 or visit www.McGeheeChamber.com.

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It’s all about the blues at the 23rd annual Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival (formerly known as the King Biscuit Blues Festival) in historic downtown Helena on Oct. 9-11. The largest free blues festival in the United States, this years festival features four stages with 78 bands and performers over three days, along with a variety of arts and crafts and food. For more information, call 870-335-6569 or log on to www.BluesandHeritageFest.net.

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Get a jump on Halloween with the 3rd annual Spirits of Cadron Ghost Walk on Oct. 10 and 11 at Cadron Settlement Park in Conway. You’ll hear first-hand accounts of spooky tales as you travel by lanterns at the state’s second-oldest European-American settlement site. Refreshments will be served at the Cadron Blockhouse. The walk will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. weather permitting and admission is $2 per person or $8 per carload. The park is located on Ark. 319 off U.S. 64 West. More information can be obtained by calling 501-329-5918 or e-mailing fcm@conwaycorp.net.

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The 24th Annual Quartz, Quiltz and Craftz Festival takes place Oct. 10-11 in Mt. Ida. This three-day event offers a wide variety of vendors. There will also be a Kids' Dig on Saturday. Call 870-867-2723 for more information.

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The Ouachita Art Trails Studio Tour, taking place Oct. 10-12 in Mena, presents a unique way of bringing you directly to the private studios of local artists. Set your own agenda and guide yourself with a provided map to the studios of your choosing. Booths will also be set up at Queen Wilhelmina Lodge and Mena Art Gallery. Demonstrations and a wide variety of art and handcrafted items for sale will also be available. Call 479-243-0059 or visit ouachitaarttrails.com for more details.

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A fall Ozark Mountain homecoming, the 63rd annual Turkey Trot will be Oct. 10-11 on the Yellville town square. The event celebrates the city’s heritage and the wild turkey with the oldest wild turkey calling contest in the nation. Other activities include parade, quilt show, 5K run, lip sync contest, pizza gobble, art show, turkey dinner, Miss Turkey Trot and Miss Drumsticks beauty pageants, live music, food and craft booths. For more information, phone 870-449-4676 or visit www.yellville.com.

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The 6th annual October Daze in Booneville will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 11. Activities will include live music, food, crafts, games, car show and scarecrow contest. For more information, phone 479-675-2666 or visit www.booneville.com.

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Fire on the Mountain: Hammerfest X will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 11 at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. Hammerfest features demonstrations by well-known blacksmiths as well as competitions and awards. For more information, phone 870-269-3851 or visit www.ozarkfolkcenter.com.

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October 11 is the date for the 2nd annual Hidden Treasures on South Main in downtown Little Rock. The show and sale features antiques, art work and crafts and will be on Main between 13th and 15th Streets. The town-market-type experience will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will have quality vendors and artists. Food and beverage vendors will be on site. Check www.southsidemain.org, call 501-537-9031 or e-mail judi@southsidemain.org for more information.

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Benton’s picturesque Courthouse Square will be the setting for the 34th annual Old-Fashioned Day on Oct. 11. The family oriented event will have carnival rides and games for children, arts and crafts, food and entertainment. There will also be an antique tractor and engine show, an auction, a skillet throwing contest, a fashion show and a Civil War display. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and admission is free. Gail Baxley is the source for more information at 501-315-0645 or gail-baxley@yahoo.com.

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Food, folks, and fun are the theme of the 30th Annual Wiggins Cabin Festival in Crossett Oct. 11. There will be arts and crafts, food, and games for the kids. Call 870-364-3648 for more information.

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Old Davidsonville State Park in Pocahontas will host Ghosts of Davidsonville Hay Ride and Fall Festival on Oct. 11. Enjoy live music, games, contests and a hair-raising hayride. For more information, contact Old Davidsonville State Park at 870-892-4708 or visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com.

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The 3rd annual Calico Creek Autumn Fest will be held in Calico Rock on Oct. 11. Activities include scarecrow making, rubber ducky races, hayrides, arts and crafts, a 5K walk/run along the scenic White River and live music throughout the day. To learn more, phone 870-297-4129 or visit www.CalicoRock.us.

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The 18th annual Homestead Festival will be held at Parker Homestead in Harrisburg on Oct. 11-12 and Oct. 18-19. Visit the restored buildings and enjoy sorghum cooking, broom making, wagon rides, blacksmithing and live music. For more information, phone (870) 578-2699 or visit their Web site at www.parkerhomestead.com.

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Lyle Lovett has teamed up with the legendary John Hiatt for a unique, acoustical songwriters’ event at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Walton Arts Center on Dickson Street in Fayetteville. Admission ranges from $47 to $67. For more information or to order tickets, phone 479-443-5600 or visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

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The Ole Applegate Place Arts and Crafts Festival will be Oct. 15-19 at Mulberry Mountain near Ozark. Set in the Ozark Mountains, the festival is host to hundreds of exhibitors from around the nation, making it one of the Ozarks’ largest gatherings of artists and craftsmen. In addition to shopping, visitors can also enjoy hiking trails, waterfalls, fishing lakes, live music, great food, horse carriage rides, and more. For more information, phone 479-667-1919 or visit www.oleapplegateplace.com.

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Spanker Creek Farm offers two arts and crafts fairs on October 15-19 in Bentonville. An indoor event, the Spanker Creek Farm Arts and Crafts Fair at the Clarion Convention Center on Rainbow Curve will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. An outdoor event, the Spanker Creek Farm Arts and Crafts Fair will be at 8464 W. McNelly Road and open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, phone 479-685-5655 or visit www.spankercreekfarm.com.

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The Jones Center Arts and Crafts Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 16-17 in Springdale. More than 100 juried exhibitors sell their unique handmade arts and crafts. No commercial items are allowed. The event will take place inside the Jones Center, where visitors will find children’s activities, country and western music, gospel music and a restaurant. For more information, phone 479-757-4101.

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Celebrating 40 years, the Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival is set for Oct. 16-18 in Bella Vista. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day on the festival grounds located on Ark. 279 just south of the Ark. 340 intersection. More than 300 juried exhibitors show and sell their wares in five large tents and more than 100 individual tents. A wide variety of food and free entertainment is offered with many craft demonstrations daily. For more information, phone 479-855-2064 or visit www.bellavistafestival.org.

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The Long’s Old Orchards and Farms Arts and Crafts Fair will be Oct. 16-19 in Gentry. This 84-year-old farm in northwest Arkansas will be filled with arts and crafts, food vendors and entertainment. For more information, phone 479-736-8200 or visit www.oldorchardandfarm.com.

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The War Eagle Mill Arts and Crafts Fair will be from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 16-19 at War Eagle Mill just outside of Rogers. The fair consists of a juried selection of craftsmen from throughout the U.S. selling and demonstrating their wares. There will be numerous food booths and live music. The mill opens at 6:30 a.m. serving a full country breakfast. For more information, phone 866-492-7324 or visit www.wareaglemill.com.

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The Ozark Arts and Crafts Fair at War Eagle will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 16-19 at War Eagle Mills Farm in Hindsville. All of the exhibitors sell handmade crafts and are on hand to display and discuss them. For more information, phone 479-789-5398 or visit www.wareaglefair.com.

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The Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Arts and Crafts Fair will be Oct. 16-19 in Eureka Springs. The refuge is a haven for rescued large cats and various other animals. The refuge is located seven miles south of Eureka Springs on Ark. 23 South. For more information, phone 479-253-5841 or visit www.turpentinecreek.org.

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The 47th annual Fall Foliage Tour will be Oct. 17 in Jasper. The tour departs from the south side of the courthouse square. The route is determined the week of the tour depending on where the best color can be found. For more information, phone 870-446-5122.

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The 16th annual Eagle Watch on Beaver Lake will be Oct. 17-19 at Starkey Park in Eureka Springs. This early bird watch event welcomes the bald eagles as they return to Beaver Lake as their fall and winter habitat. The watch takes place on a 12-mile cruise aboard the Belle of the Ozarks with a dozen points of interest including a 200-acre game preserve island. Event-goers can enjoy spectacular fall foliage as experienced guides help spot eagles and describe their features and habits. The cruises depart at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at a cost of $20 for adults and $8 for children under 12. For more information, phone 800-552-3803 or visit www.estc.net/belle.

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The Center on the Square Performing Arts Center in Searcy will present a production Driving Miss Daisy from Oct. 17- Nov. 7. The story centers on Daisy Wertham and her driver Hoke. To learn more, call 501-368-0111 or log on to www.CenterontheSquare.org.

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The Arkansas Arts Center in downtown Little Rock will flash back to the 60s with the “Andy Warhol: 15 Weeks of Fame” exhibition, Oct. 17 through Feb. 1. The three-part show highlights 63 of his iconic silkscreen prints that came to define and helped redefine the art world during that decade. Also included are Warhol’s drawings, paintings, three-dimensional objects, famous screen tests and his Silver Clouds installation. Masterpieces of Pop art, such as his 1964 Brillo Boxes and a triple portrait of Marilyn Monroe will be a part of the exhibit as well.

This exhibition is the first of its kind in Arkansas and is organized by the Arkansas Arts Center in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. The center is located at 501 East 9th Street in MacArthur Park. Call 501-372-4000 or e-mail info@arkarts.com to find out more.

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October 17-26 provides an opportunity to enjoy culture and heritage via the silver screen during the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in Hot Springs. For more details, phone 501-321-4747 or check out hsdfi.org for a list and summary of documentaries being shown.

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The 2nd Annual Round About Artist Studio Tour will happen Oct. 17-19 in Arkadelphia. The self-guided driving tour takes you to the private studios of working artists where you can view their original creations and possibly watch a demonstration by the artist. Paintings, stained glass, pottery, woodwork, photography, and jewelry will be available for purchase. For more information about the tour call 870-245-3612 or check out roundaboutartiststudiotour.com.

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Parkin Archeological State Park in Parkin will host a Depression Era Canning Workshop on Oct. 18. Learn how canning was an important part of life for early Delta families, get recipes and learn to can your own fresh fruits and vegetables. For more information, contact Parkin Archeological State Park at 870-755-2500 or visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com.

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The 2nd annual Pumpkin Hunt will be held in Piggott at Heritage Park Lake on Oct. 18. The event will feature a pumpkin egg pick-up, face painting, games and a costume contest. For more information, phone 870-598-5884 or visit www.PiggottParksandRecreation.com.

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Downtown merchants of Magnolia sponsor Fall Festival each year to celebrate the coming of fall. This year’s event takes place Oct. 18 and activities include a store window scavenger hunt, pumpkin decorating contest, sidewalk sales, arts and crafts, foods, children's activities, and a pie-baking contest. For more information, call 870-234-7662 or visit magnoliachamber.com.

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A bike show will be among the highlights of Wheels and Wings Oct. 18 in Mena at the Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport. Enjoy an airplane ride, the car and bike show, BBQ cook-off, and live entertainment during the event. Call 479-394-2912 or visit menapolkchamber.com for more information.

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Believers and seekers alike will gather on Oct. 18 in Little Rock for the 2008 Arkansas Paranormal Fair. There will be a full day of educational speakers on paranormal phenomena, testimonies from those who have experienced it, and an assortment of vendors. Scheduled to appear is Rev. Sharlett Pumphrey, a certified spiritual medium, an IET master, instructor, certified hypnotist and a SomaEnergetics practitioner. She will be doing a program on “Messages From Heaven.”

The event is presented by Spirit Seekers, Inc., a paranormal research team located in Arkansas. The group is dedicated to investigating and documenting the spirit world around us. The team is also committed to the research, documentation, education, and investigation of ghostly phenomena recorded through EVP, digital, film and video photography. The event takes place at the Phil Jones Building, 11300 Executive Center Drive in west Little Rock. Admission is $4 in advance, $5 at the door. Contact Angela Lowe at 501-367-8198 or spirit@thespiritseekers.org for more details.

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The Double S Ranch in Vilonia will be the site of the P E A C E 2nd Annual Saturday Cowboy Camp on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This fund-raising event will include horseback riding, a petting zoo, hayrides and live music. There will be plenty of games and prizes, food and fun. The first 100 children will receive a free cowboy hat and bandanna. Proceeds benefit the Parents Educating Arkansas about Children with Epilepsy organization. Admission is $10 per person with ages 10 and under admitted free. The ranch is located off U.S. 64. Call Tina Alexander at 501-470-5185 or e-mail TinaAlexander@peaceinark.com for additional details.

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The 19th annual Good Earth Harvest Time will be held at the GEA Kilo Vista Site at Burdell, seven miles west of Pocahontas on HWY 62, on Oct. 18. The event will feature sorghum making, corn grinding, a display of historical equipment, farm animals, games and a Dutch oven cook-off. For more information, phone 870-378-0285.

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On Oct. 18-19, Hardy will host its Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival. Vendors from throughout the region will be in attendance, offering a huge variety of hand-made arts and crafts. You won’t want to miss the variety of foods ranging from traditional to interesting – including alligator on a stick and deep-fried Twinkies. There will also be musical performances throughout the downtown area. For the kids, there will be pony rides, train rides and face painting. For more information, contact Main Street Hardy at 870-856-3571 or visit www.oldhardytown.net.

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The 26th annual Bean Fest and Great Arkansas Champion Outhouse Races will be Oct. 23-25 on the courthouse square of Mountain View. The Bean Fest cooking champion and the Arkansas outhouse races champion are crowned. Watch the next generation of outhouse racers compete, as the kids take their seats in pedal powered outhouses. The KWOZ talent show is held on the square after the outhouse races. For more information, phone 870-269-8068 or visit www.YourPlaceInTheMountains.com.

A premiere event held in conjunction with Bean Fest, the Fall Artisan Market will feature hand crafted traditional and contemporary fine art and crafts by Mountain View area artists. For more information on the market, phone 870-269-3897 or visit www.artisanmarketonthesquare.com.

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Head to downtown Lake Village for the 12th annual Lake Chicot Fall Festival on Oct. 24-25. Enjoy live entertainment, the Colossal Chili Cook-off, lots of food, the Best Dog Gone Dog Show, a kids' fishing derby, horseshoe tourney, magic show and more. For more information, phone 870-265-5997 or visit www.lakevillagechamber.com.

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The 10th annual Bull Shoals Art Show, a judged fine art show with entries from many artists in Arkansas and surrounding areas, will be Oct. 24-25. Categories are oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, graphics, and photography. Awards are given for first, second and third place and Best of Show and People’s Choice. The event is sponsored by the Bull Shoals Arts and Humanities Council. For more information, phone 870-449-4746.

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Fall Frenzy, an annual event in Bull Shoals, is set for Oct. 24-26 at the Bull Shoals-White River State Park. Trout fishing will be at its peak, as will fall color. Scheduled activities include guided river cruises, hayrides, a campsite decorating contest and more. For more information, phone 870-445-3629 or visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com.

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Journey back in time and see how Billy Yank and Johnny Reb lived during the battle between the North and the South at the 12th Annual Civil War Weekend Oct. 24-26 at DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck. Enjoy living history demonstrations, skirmishes and conversations with reenactors. Visit degray.com or call 501-865-2801 for more.

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Spend a beautiful fall evening gazing up at the stars as Village Creek State Park in Wynne hosts a Fall Star Party on Oct. 25. The evening begins with a presentation in the auditorium and then participants move out under the stars. For more information, contact Village Creek State Park at 870-238-9406 or visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com.

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An event for children’s charities, Charley’s Customs, Car Show, Cruise and Poker Run, will take place Oct. 25 in Chester. There are about 200 entries for the car show, an open cruise, poker run and children’s fishing contest. For more information, phone 479-689-4674.

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An Ozark Folk Center State Park Celebrity Concert featuring Big Smith is set for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 in Mountain View. This popular band will perform the final Celebrity Concert of the 2008 season. Admission is $15. For more information, phone 870-269-3851or purchase tickets online at www.ozarkfolkcenter.com.

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The City of Caraway will host the 8th annual Harvest Fest on Oct. 25. The day will feature arts and crafts, concessions, games, live music and free health screenings. For more information, phone 870-482-3431.

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On Oct. 25, downtown Walnut Ridge will host its annual Iron Mountain Fall Festival. The festival features arts and crafts, games, a hot dog eating contest, a dog show, a bicycle rodeo, zoo animals, a mobile aquarium, a car show and live entertainment. For more information, phone 870-886-3232.

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On Oct. 25 the Alltel Wireless Mud Run will provide the perfect opportunity for adults to act like kids again. Come prepared to get down and dirty while having the most fun you’ll ever have participating in a 5K. This race, according to sponsors, “is for the adventuresome spirit and is a family friendly race.” Participants can run, walk, skip, trot and even cavort through the race course in Little Rock’s Two Rivers Park. There will be some obstacles along the way with the big finale of maneuvering the 300-foot-mud pit. Sponsors claim the “point is not to finish fast but to finish with style.” Check www.mudrun.org for more information or contact Geneva Hampton at 501-371-4770 or ghampton@littlerock.org.

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Palestine will host the 7th Annual L’Anguille River Festival on Saturday, Oct. 25 on the grounds of City Hall. The festival features arts and crafts, a barbeque cooking contest, live music, a treasure hunt, a pet parade, a parade and a street dance. For more information, contact the City of Palestine at 870-581-2166.

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The 23rd annual Harvest Festival will be held in Corning on Oct. 25 at Wynn Park. The free day-long event will feature antique farm machinery demonstrations, arts and crafts, children's games and activities and live entertainment. For more information, phone 870-857-3429.

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The 12th annual Oktoberfest will be held in Cherokee Village on Oct. 25. The daylong event will feature live music, food, vendors, a pet show and a pumpkin-decorating contest. For more information, phone 870-257-3241.

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The Fall Edition of Art in the Garden will be held at the White Wagon Farm in Maumelle, Oct. 25-26. Central Arkansas artists will demonstrate oil and watercolor painting, along with pottery making, in the farm’s garden. A clothesline will display unframed paintings, drawings and other works for sale and there will be plants from White Wagon’s selection of herbs, perennials and old roses. Gardening demonstrations will be given and herbal refreshments will be served. Admission is free and hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The farm is located at 24627 Hwy. 365 North. Kathy Wagenknecht is the contact for more information and can be reached at 501-851-4608 or info@wwfarm.org.

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Art Escapes Fall 2008 will take place at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton Oct. 30-Nov. 2. All skill levels are welcome. Art Escape offers three different workshops, each taught by working artists: Plein Air Oil Painting with Bill Garrison, Watercolor Painting with Gloria Garrison and Wildlife Painting with Duane Hada. Advance registration is required. Fees vary for each workshop. For more information, phone 501-727-6220.

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