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Eat & Explore Arkansas Cookbook

Discover Arkansas Like You've Never Tasted it Before!

by Christy Campbell


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  • Eat & Explore Arkansas, first edition in the Eat & Explore State Cookbook Series, is now being re-published in the series' new style with new cover design and all full-color inside pages.
  • The book will retain all the original fun Arkansas attractions plus more great places to visit in the state.
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Are you ready for some FUN? Experience The Natural State like never before as you explore the distinct flavor of Arkansas and discover the state’s exceptional communities, beloved celebrations and remarkable destinations... all within the pages of this unique cookbook.

With Eat and Explore Arkansas Cookbook you’ll discover favorite recipes straight from the kitchens of hometown cooks across the state... Myrtie Mae’s Meatloaf, Farmers Market Broiled Tomatoes, and Company’s Comin’ Pie. Delicious Arkansas fare such as Bread Pudding with Sorghum Sauce, Crawfish Etouffee, Just Good Tamale Pie, and Ozark Slaw will tempt the taste buds and guarantee raves from your friends and family.

When dinner is done and everyone’s ready to explore, this unique cookbook offers even more. Arkansas’ favorite events and destinations are profiled with everything you need to know to plan your trip. From BPW Barn Sale in Camden to Tontitown Grape Festival, Tour da’ Delta to Conway’s Toad Suck Daze, Arkansas offers family fun to suit every taste.

 

"Thank you, thank you, thank you!  This cookbook celebrates my home state in a way no other ever has.  I will be purchasing copies for friends who don't know what a GREAT place our entire state is for food, fun, and fellowship.  Please thank Christy Campbell and the rest of the group who worked so hard on this amazing project." -- Carol Ann Duke, Lead Literacy Consultant, Southern Regional Education Board, www.sreb.org
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Eat & Explore Arkansas Cookbook Review

Eat & Explore Arkansas Cookbook is a wonderful cookbook from the same people who bring you the much popular hometown cookbook series. In fact, Eat & Explore Arkansas Cookbook is also a part of the same series, albeit with somewhat different title than the other books in the series. Eat & Explore Arkansas Cookbook is one of the rare Arkansas cookbooks that contain every imaginable Arkansas recipe. This book provides you the ultimate answer to even the toughest question regarding Arkansas food. The authors have done a spectacular job in devising each and every recipe. They tried a number of versions of the same recipe, but included only the recipes in Eat & Explore Arkansas Cookbook that can be prepared with utmost ease with commonly found ingredients. However, while doing so, they have not compromised on the quality of Arkansas recipes in any way. Surely, Eat & Explore Arkansas Cookbook is the perfect book if you ever find yourself stuck during the preparation of any type of Arkansas food.

Why Eat & Explore Arkansas Cookbook is the best cookbook for amazing Arkansas recipes?

What’s the best thing about Eat & Explore Arkansas Cookbook is that it’s not formulaic. Eat & Explore Arkansas Cookbook is not related to any other book in the series and purely based on most outstanding Arkansas cooking traditions. This cookbook contains well researched and the most popular as well rare Arkansas recipes. You will find the best recipes from all over the Arkansas state that include recipes for Possum Pie, Chocolate Gravy, Tamale Pie, Green Tomato Pie, Coke Cake and Zucchini Bread and so on and so forth. So, there are some great Arkansas recipes in this cookbook and you can use any recipe to impress your loved ones. Most of the people who are fond of Arkansas food often complain that they are unable to find most of the recipes that they may have tried at some Arkansas events. Now, with Eat & Explore Arkansas Cookbook, you can say good-bye to these issues. This amazing cookbook contains even the rarest Arkansas recipes that you may have been searching for years. Some of the recipes, such as Chocolate Wine Balls recipe, Cotham’s Green Tomatoes and Cliff House Inn’s Company’s Coming Pie recipe, are truly outstanding, and you may not find them in any other cookbook available in the market.

Eat & Explore Arkansas Cookbook is the best way to discover the culinary traditions of Arkansas

Apart from the most scrumptious Arkansas recipes, Eat & Explore Arkansas Cookbook is jam-packed with fun and astonishing facts about Arkansas State. You will find detailed and entertaining information about famous festivals in Arkansas such as Tontitown Grape Arkansas festivals, BPW Barn Sale and famed Tour da' Delta and Conway's Toad Suck Daze, among others.

Eat & Explore Arkansas Cookbook is one of the great cookbooks that not only teaches you to prepare Arkansas recipes in the easiest and most fun way possible, but it also enlightens you about the Arkansas traditions.

 


Eat & Explore Arkansas Cookbook Sample Recipes:

Myrtie Mae's Meatloaf
Myrtie Mae's Meatloaf Recipe from Eat & Explore Arkanas Cookbook

2 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/3 cup croutons
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 large egg, slightly beaten
2/3 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
12 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Mix beef, croutons, onions, egg, salt and pepper; form into a loaf. Whisk ketchup, brown sugar and mustard together and pour over loaf. Bake at 300 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes. Serves 8 to 10.
VW Festival, Swap Meet & Tourcade

Lemon Bars
Lemon Bars recipe from Eat & Explore Arkansas
Bottom Layer:
2 sticks margarine, softened
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
Combine all ingredients. Press into 9x12-inch pan. Bake at 350degrees for 20 minutes.
Top Layer:
4 eggs
4 tablespoons flour
7 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Combine all ingredients. Pour over bottom layer. Return to oven and
bake 20 minutes more. Bars will remain gooey in the center. Remove
from oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Cheryl Guthrie
Diamond City Festival

Oatmeal Lace Cookies
Oatmeal Lace Cookies recipe from Eat & Explore Arkansas Cookbook

1/2 cup butter (real butter; margarine will not work), melted
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 egg
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine butter and oats; set aside. In a separate bowl,beat egg until foamy. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Stir in baking powder and flour. Fold in oat mixture. Grease and flour cookie sheets. Drop batter by tablespoons about 3 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake until golden. Watch carefully; cookies will caramelize and burn easily. Cool cookies 1 minute then remove from sheets onto cooling racks. Cookies are very crispy and thin.

Mt. Magazine International Butterfly Festival

Fall to Your Knees Mac and Cheese
This recipe takes a little extra effort, but it is so worth it!
Fall to Your Knees Macaroni and Cheese recipe from Eat & Explore Arkansas
3 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
1 1⁄3 cups heavy cream
1 1⁄3 cups half-and-half milk
2⁄3 cup sour cream
4 ounces cream cheese
1 egg
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard and salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
12 ounces Velveeta cheese, 1 inch cubes
15 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded (can substitute Swiss)
1 1/2 cups shredded Jack-and-Cheddar cheese
Pinch paprika
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13-inch or deeper pan. Prepare macaroni according to package directions. Drain well and pour into baking pan. In a large mixing bowl, add heavy cream, half-and-half and sour cream. Break cream cheese into little pieces and add to bowl. Add egg, flour, Worcestershire, garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Combine very well with a wire whisk to break up cream cheese. It will look lumpy. Starting at corners of baking pan, place and push down Velveeta cubes. Work your way around and toward the middle pushing the cheese deep below the surface. Sprinkle Gruyere cheese evenly over top. Gently pour wet mixture over, covering all. Gently shake pan afterwards to settle liquid. Sprinkle Jack-and-Cheddar cheese over top. Sprinkle paprika on top of cheese. Bake approximately 30 minutes or until it starts to get brown and bubbly.

Sara Ray,
Sara's Dress Shop, Magnolia
Magnolia Blossom Festival & World Championship Steak Cook-Off®


Alpabetical Listing of Events & Destinations Included in Eat & Explore Arkansas Cookbook

All Sports Productions, Inc.
Races occur throughout the year
1629 South River Meadows Drive
Fayetteville
479-521-7766
www.allsportsproductionsinc.com
Arkansas has the ideal climate and terrain for outdoor activities of all kinds, and All Sports Productions, Inc. brings a competitive edge to The Natural State. All Sports Productions, Inc. is a sports event management and consulting company which promotes cycling, running, triathlons, and other outdoor races. The goal of the company is to produce local, regional, and nationally recognized events at the highest standards with a festival-like atmosphere. The mission of each event is to engage new participants and spectators in a healthy, multi-sport lifestyle. Below is a small sampling of the races held each year: Iron Pig Festival - duathlon, 5K run, fun run/walk and bike time trial • Joe Martin Stage Race - professional and amateur bicycle races • Tri-Sport Kid Family Triathlon - pool swim, bike and run • Ozark Valley Triathlon - 1,000 yard swim, 19 mike bike, 4 mile run • Eureka Springs Multisport Festival The Eurekon • Lewis & Clark Adventure Races • Fayetteville Half Marathon - half marathon, 5K, 1 mile race and fun run. Get ready to compete!

Altus Grape Fest
Last weekend in July
Altus City Park
Altus
479-468-4684
www.altusgrapefest.com
Since 1984, the Altus Grape Festival has celebrated the success of our past and present grape growers. Held in Altus City Park, the events are fun for the entire family. The celebrity and public grape stomps, free wine tasting, and live music are traditional favorites, occurring year after year. Food vendors of all types and arts and crafts booths fill the park. But don't forget there's the Blessing of the Harvest, the Vine Cutting Ceremony, and tours of the local wineries. The citizens of Altus are ready to make this a pleasurable experience to all who attend, and the best part is the admission is FREE!
Arkansas Big Buck Classic
Fourth weekend in January
Arkansas State Fairgrounds
Little Rock
501-985-1533
www.bigbuckclassic.com
Fall is what whitetail hunters live for in Arkansas! Cooler weather...football games and deer hunting! But January is when they all get together in one weekend at one place to celebrate another Arkansas Tradition, The Arkansas Big Buck Classic! Held the 4th weekend of January each year since 1990, The Arkansas Big Buck Classic is one of the largest hunting trade shows in the country. The Arkansas State Fairgrounds is transformed that weekend into an entire event place for not just whitetail hunters but outdoors enthusiasts of all types and ages. It is entertainment for the whole family with rock climbing, rattlesnake handling, live animals, deer scoring, bow fishing, vendors selling wares, great food and more! You do not want to miss it!

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Asian Festival
June
Mosaic Church
Little Rock
501-244-2490
The Asian Festival is a celebration of the Asian culture and the diversity of the Little Rock community. The Asian Festival was established to encourage friendship and reduce prejudice by coming together to learn about different cultures and ethnicities. One of the Commission's goals through this annual event is to celebrate the global fabric of the City's social diversity. This is accomplished through the enjoyment of a variety of local and international performers, cultural exhibits, traditional music and dance, food from around the world, art and literature. Of course, the children are not forgotten! A hula hoop contest, silent auction, and try your luck are just a few of the many games for kids play and win prizes. Local businesses donate fabulous door prizes that are given every hour. The Asian Festival is held every year in late June. Visit our website for dates and schedules. We look forward to seeing you there.

Beebe Fall Festival
Third week in October
Downtown
Beebe
501-827-0353
www.beebeark.org
If traveling through the central part of the state during the third week in October, it will be worthwhile to veer a little to the Northeast and visit Beebe. Named after Roswell Beebe, a railroad executive responsible for bringing the rail line to the city, this small town offers big fun each year with the Beebe Fall Festival. The Beebe Chamber of Commerce works diligently throughout the year to put together this fall celebration. Held in downtown Beebe, there are antique cars, live music, games, food and entertainment. A fun-filled day for the entire family, the Beebe Fall Festival is a tradition for residents and treasure for travelers.

Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival
3rd weekend in October
Located on the beautiful grounds close to Hwy. 279 (Forest Hills Blvd.) and Hwy 340 (Lancashire.) in Bella Vista, Arkansas. (For GPS the address is 1991 Forest Hills Blvd.).
Belle Vista
479-855-2064
www.bellavistafestival.org
For this world-renown arts and crafts weekend in October, Northwest Arkansas is awash with some 200,000 visitors from across the country. The Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival has celebrated over 42 years and is now the PREMIER show in all Arkansas. The Festival is sponsored by the non-profit Village Art Club. Profits from the Festival provide scholarships for promising artists, continuing education for artists and artisans, and go toward the support of the artisan co-op Wishing Spring Gallery. Over 300 booths provide the visitor with the finest art pieces and the finest craft items that are available - always hand-made! Come browse our beautiful, tree surrounded grounds while you find that special gift for someone - or yourself! We have free parking and free transportation to and from the parking areas and you can enjoy a full day of delicious meals from our unique and diverse food providers.


Bentonville Conventions and Visitors Bureau
104 East Central
Bentonville
479-271-9153
www.bentonvilleusa.org
Situated in one of the fastest growing regions in the country, beautiful Bentonville, Arkansas is in the midst of a great transformation. Long known as the home of Walmart Stores, Inc., Bentonville has boomed in population, amenities, and attractions over the last several years. A cultural revitalization of parks, public gardens, museums, and restaurants is underway driven by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The highly anticipated Crystal Bridges Museum hosts its grand opening on November 11, 2011. The 120 acre museum park connects to downtown Bentonville where after exploring the museum's galleries, travelers can dine in one of the town's delicious bistros or sidewalk cafes. While downtown, visitors will not want to miss the Walmart Visitor's Center which includes interactive, hands-on displays and unique exhibits detailing the history of Walmart and the Walton family. After the downtown experience, venture to the west part of Bentonville to discover the Museum of Native American History. Touted as having one of the most comprehensive collections of Native American artifacts, this museum is a must see. Come and explore all that Bentonville has to offer!

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BPW Barn Sale
Last Saturday in September
The Historic Tate Barn
Camden
870-231-6244
www.bpwbarnsale.org
In 1968, Ms. Ruth Tate and the Camden Business and Professional Women's Association needed a way to raise funds for a nursing scholarship. A flea market was held, and little did they know that from this humble beginning would grow the largest arts and crafts show in South Arkansas.

The historic Tate Barn is the site for this fun-filled annual event. Under the shade of beautiful oak trees, you will discover 100% handmade crafts from 160 different artisans from throughout the South. As you stroll throughout the grounds, the sounds of live music and the aroma of delicious food will fill the air. In addition to music, food and original creations, you will find activities for children, a 5K run for the local athletes, and the Antique and Classic Car Show. There is something for everyone at the BPW Barn Sale, and once family and friends attend the first time, they will come again, year after year.


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Buffalo River Elk Festival
Late June
The Courthouse Square
Jasper
870-446-2455 or 870-446-2693
www.theozarkmountains.com
Make plans to attend the Buffalo River Elk Festival in Jasper. Held annually, this late June event celebrates the return of elk to Newton County. The Courthouse Square features the talents of many artists and crafters, while streets off the square continue with wildlife exhibits, musical entertainment, and activities for kids of all ages. Although, the Kid's Fishing Derby, Arkansas Elk Calling Contest, Miss Elk Fest Pageant, and the Elk Permit Drawings are main attractions, Arkansas' Premier Dutch Oven Cook-Off has become the must see event of the Festival. Contestants set up their camps, dress in old west style and cook some very tasty dishes in Dutch ovens, over hot coals, just like they did in the 1800's. Once the judging is complete and the winners are announced, you'll enjoy sampling the vittles they've prepared.

Christmas Trail of Lights
First week of December through December 30, nightly
City of Sherwood
501-833-3790
In 2001, the city of Sherwood began providing its holiday trail of lights to the community. This free, mile long, driving trail through holiday lights provides 90+ lit displays ranging from traditional Christmas displays (Santa Claus and poinsettias) to the unique (reindeer in a soda shop and Sherwood express train). Each passenger in the car receives a candy cane to enjoy while taking in the view of the holiday lights. Each year the success grows, 2010 marked the best year yet with number of cars and contributions. Money collected from the trail gets put back into the budget for the next year, making it bigger and better. Individuals and businesses are represented throughout the trail by either donating light displays or donating money to represent a memorial angel throughout the trial. The trail opens every year the first week in December and runs until December 30th, nightly. Sherwood is also host to several other community events including an Easter Egg Hunt, July 4th Celebration, Sherwood Fest and the Halloween Carnival. For more information regarding all Sherwood events please call 501-833-3790.

Conway Ecofest/ The Green Cart Deli
September
Laurel Park
Conway
501-327-2105
www.conwayecofest.com
FUN, FOOD, MUSIC and EXPLORATION is what you will experience at the Conway EcoFest! Events and activities include a cardboard car derby, car show, animals, kite building and flying, music, food show/contests, experiments, lots of interaction, and much more! Topics including organics, natural resources, camping/outdoor activities, green building/energy savings, transportation, all types of energy, and more are examined. Balanced information helps participants understand many sides of an issue, and how issues interconnect to each other and to our everyday lives. EcoFest is held on the second Saturday in September, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Conway, Arkansas. Visit www.conwayecofest.com.


Diamond City Festival
Mid-September
Diamond City Community Center
Diamond City
870-422-2668
www.diamondcitychamber.com
The Diamond City Festival has been celebrated for over six years. It is a small street festival featuring hometown entertainment, quilting, chainsaw art and a featured musical artist, usually on Saturday night. A Parade is held on Saturday at 10 a.m. Vendors can rent spaces for as little as $25 and churches and not-for-profits will have fees waived. Past themes have included United We Stand, The Good Old Days and Shine On; this year's festival will feature The Renaissance. Diamond City (pop 782) is the second largest city in Boone County and is located at the end of Rt. 7 North, a peninsula jutting out into Bull Shoals Lake. The City features a full-service marina, an 18 hole golf course and lodging in a rustic setting. Camping is available in the Corp of Engineers Park. Come visit The Little City on the Lake.

Eureka Springs Chocolate Lovers Festival
February
Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center
Eureka Springs
888.465.4753
479-253-7603
www.eurekachocfest.com
info@eurekachocfest.com
A Valentine's Day extravaganza for the chocoholic in all of us -- The Chocolate Lovers Festival is held every year, and it is the ultimate experience for the world's most delectable dessert. Come tantalize your taste buds where the fountains overflow with sumptuous chocolate. A complete world of chocolate delights waits for you -- Rich dark chocolate, chocolate ice cream, chocolate drinks, chocolate body care products -- there is something for everyone. Is baking with chocolate your specialty? Then be sure to enter the chocolate baking contest for professionals, amateurs and youth. The 1st and 2nd place winners are featured during the silent auction held during the festival. The Annual Chocolate Lovers Festival is held at the Inn of the Ozark's Convention Center.

Festival on the Ridge
1st weekend in June
Downtown Harrisburg
Harrisburg
870-931-2790
www.harrisburgchamber.com
The perfect way to kick off summer vacation is in downtown Harrisburg. Held the first Saturday in June, the Festival on the Ridge has everything needed for a day full of fun activities. The day begins with the annual 5K run. If running is not on the agenda, then head down to the country breakfast. When the race is over and the breakfast table cleared, it's time to show off your best horseshoe tossing technique in the popular Horseshoe Tournament. Does the nostalgia of a simpler time appeal to you? What better way to relive old memories and make new ones than with an old-fashioned Soap Box Derby! Hints of the past give way to live action extreme sports as the BMX Stunt Team shows off daring feats of skill. Speaking of skill, if you don't know the proper way to eat a mudbug, then the Crawfish Eating Contest is a must-see. Throughout the day live music sets the tone for summer fun. For more information contact the Harrisburg Area Chamber of Commerce at 870-931-2790.


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Fort Smith Convention & Visitors Bureau
2 North B Street
Fort Smith
479-783-8888
www.fortsmith.org
The Fort Smith Convention & Visitors Bureau is the destination marketing organization for the City of Fort Smith. The Convention & Visitors Bureau markets Fort Smith's unique attractions and heritage as a tourist destination to the leisure/casual traveler as well as motor coach groups and conventions.

Greers Ferry Lake/Little Red River Shoreline Cleanup
Saturday after Labor Day
Narrows Park in Higden
Higden
888-490-4357
greersferrylake.org
By 1969, Greers Ferry Lake had been filled for five years, and the public showed great interest in this new recreational spot. By the millions, they came, they played, they camped, and they left tons of litter. The Corps of Engineers project lacked the funds needed to support a massive cleanup effort, so Resident Engineer of the Corps Carl Garner decided to get the public involved.

Hot Springs Arts & Crafts Fair
1st weekend in October
Garland County Fairgrounds
Hotsprings
501-623-9592 or 501-922.9186
www.hotspringsartsandcraftsfair.com
The Hot Springs Arts & Crafts Fair is traditionally held at the Garland County Fairgrounds. It is held annually on the first full weekend (a Friday, Saturday & Sunday) in October. Residents of Hot Springs and surrounding areas consider The Arts and Crafts Fair to be the official "kickoff" event heralding the rapidly approaching Christmas season. It is one of the oldest and largest arts and crafts fairs in the state of Arkansas. The history of the Hot Springs Arts & Crafts Fair is almost as rich and colorful as the city of Hot Springs itself. The Fair has grown into an event for the entire family and features great fair food, pony rides and a petting zoo for children.


Jacksonville Parks and Recreation
Jacksonville
501-982-4171
www.jacksonvillesoars.com
The Jacksonville Parks and Recreation has been sponsoring a craft sale since the seventies. The first craft sale was named "Christmas Craft Sale" and was held at 201 West Martin Street, which at the time housed the Parks and Recreation Department. After several years, the Christmas Craft Sale was relocated to the Jacksonville Boys Club. In 1995, when the Jacksonville Community Center was built, the craft sale found its home. Despite changing names, locations and dates, the craft sale kept one concept consistent - all products must be hand-made. In 2008, the name was changed to the "Holiday Craft and Gift Sale." This annual event takes place at the Jacksonville Community Center and is held the weekend before Thanksgiving. Individuals requesting information for the Holiday Craft and Gift Sale can call 501-982-0818.

King Biscuit Blues Festival
Columbus Day weekend in October
Historic Downtown Cherry St.
Helena-West Helena
870-572-1775
www.bluesandheritagefest.com
On a mission to sustain the culture, the heritage, and the authenticity of Delta Blues, the King Biscuit Blues Festival is held every Columbus Day Weekend in October on the banks of the Mississippi River. Tens of thousands of blues enthusiasts, as well as historians, from all over the world converge upon Historic Downtown Helena, Arkansas to hear stirring and uplifting performances of this American art form. The King Biscuit Blues Festival is one of the nation's foremost showcases of Blues Music. King Biscuit Blues Festival had its beginning in 1986, and was named after King Biscuit Time radio program, the longest running Blues radio program in the country. King Biscuit Time began in 1941 and still airs each week day at 12:15 on KFFA Radio in Helena, Arkansas.

Magnolia Blossom Festival & World Championship Steak Cook-Off®
3rd Saturday in May
Downton Magnolia Square
Magnolia
870-234-4352
blossomfestival.org
Are you a steak lover? Then the Magnolia Blossom Festival is the place for you! It is the home of the World Championship Steak Cook-off®, and there you will find over 5000 16oz Angus Beef Ribeye steaks cooked to perfection. The fun begins with the Blossom Festival Parade, as each contestant makes their way down Main Street to the square to begin setting up for the competition.


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Main Sreet Russellville
320 West C Street @ The Depot, in the heart of Downton Russellville
Russellville
479-967-1437
www.mainstreetrussellville.com
Located just off of Interstate 40 halfway between Little Rock and Fort Smith you'll find the Pope County seat of Russellville, Arkansas. The historic "heart" of the city comes together at the crossroads of Highway 7 & 64, and since 1992 Main Street Russellville has been dedicated to the mission of revitalizing and redeveloping the traditional central business district within the context of historic preservation. Design, technical and grant assistance has resulted in many rehabilitated buildings as well as the restoration of the historic Missouri-Pacific Depot as a local landmark. In addition, Main Street Russellville sponsors many community trademark events that include the Downtown Fall Festival & Chili Cookoff on the last Saturday of each October , and the award winning Taste of the Valley held on the last Thursday each April. These are just two of the events that help Main Street Russellville fulfill its mission by bringing people back downtown. Contact Main Street Russellville to find out more about events and opportunities in Russellville's historic downtown district.

Mother's Best Music Festival
Every summer in June
Delta Cultural Center
Helena
800-358-0972
www.deltaculturalcenter.com
Every summer, music fans travel from around the world to walk the streets of Helena because of its roots to all forms of music. The Delta Cultural Center presents the Mother's Best Music Festival, a celebration of the diversity of music created throughout the Delta. A variety of music is performed, from blues to rockabilly, country, and Americana sounds. There is no cost for admission, everyone is encouraged to come downtown and enjoy live, original music from musical artist of all types. Completing the experience will be an instrument demonstration area showcasing unique instruments and a delta folk art exhibit hosted by Cat Head Delta Folk Art. The music begins at 10:00 in the morning and goes until the evening.

Mt. Magazine International Butterfly Festival
Weekend after Father's Day, June
Downtown Paris
Paris
479-963-2244
www.parisaronline.com
www.butterflyfestival.com
Lured by the many species of butterflies found on Mt. Magazine, enthusiasts gather annually on the week-end after Father's Day to participate in the Mt. Magazine International Butterfly Festival. Since 1997 thousands of people from 45 states and half a dozen countries have attended. Mt. Magazine has an extraordinary richness of butterfly species with virtually all Arkansas resident butterflies represented in good numbers in the State Park & valley below. The nation's showcase butterfly, and the Arkansas State Butterfly, the Diana fritillary (seen only occasionally in other parts of the U.S.), consistently reproduces on the mountain. The conjunctive festival occurs annually featuring events at the State Park and in theGateway city of Paris (19 miles below the mountain). Events include arts, craft & food vendors, KIDZ Zone, Live Butterfly Conservatory, Art Show, Quilt Show, Photo Contest, Miss Butterfly Pageant and live entertainment.


Oil Town Festival
3rd Weekend in June
City Park Broadway & 10th
Smackover
870-944-0221/870-725-3521
www.smackoverar.com
If you are looking for somewhere to be the third weekend in June, then the Oil Town Festival and Duck Race should be on the radar. You can find it in Tennyson Park at 10th and Broadway in Smackover. Let the games begin! The Yellow Duck Race is the biggest draw. Each year 3000 yellow ducks attempt to claim the $1000 first place prize. Don't have a duck to race? No worries, the festival has 17 different contests including watermelon eating and turtle races. There are 5 tournaments including arm wrestling, 3 on 3 basketball, and the bass tournament. The Oil Town Festival is proud to boast the oldest 5K run in the state. And it doesn't stop there: Horseshoe pitching, a bench press contest, a rib cook-off, a bake off, a dog contest, egg toss, a kid's corner with water slides and a rock climbing wall are all part of the festivities. Wind down the competitions with live music each and every night. Most of the events are free of charge, now that's a value that can't be beat!

Quadrangle Festival
Early September
Downtown Texarkana
Texarkana
903-793-4831
texarkanamuseums.org
For over 25 years, artists, craftsmen, and musicians from across the United States have come to Texarkana for the Quadrangle Festival. Voted "Best Festival" for four years running, the Quadrangle Festival will light up the streets year after year.

Randolph County Tourism Association
Randolph County
870-219-7915
www.randolphchamber.com
Randolph County offers something for everyone from outdoors recreation, historical sites, monuments and attractions, arts, museums, unique shopping, historic Downtown Square, beautiful five rivers and many Arkansas Firsts! Come and enjoy all that Randolph County has to offer.



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Rock And Roll Highway 67 Music Festival
October
Downtown Pocahontas
Pocahontas, AR
870-892-0254
www.randolphchamber.com
The Annual Rock and Roll Highway 67 Music Festival is held each year in Pocahontas, Arkansas, along the historic Rock and Roll Highway 67 where many of the early stars of rock played at various venues. This is 1950's nostalgia all the way! Come cruise the strip, take a historic music tour, do the twist at the sock hop, show off your hula hoop skills, shop till you drop with vendors of all types, and enjoy two days and nights of music from the generation that gave birth to Rock 'n Roll. You never know what famous Rock and Roll headliner will perform during the final evening's concert. Call (870) 892-0254 or go to SeeRandolphCounty.com for more information.

Rodeo of the Ozarks
Last week in June
Downtown
Springdale
479-756-0464
www.rodeooftheozarks.org
The Annual Rodeo of the Ozarks in Springdale offers family-friendly entertainment unmatched in the region. The 70th anniversary was celebrated in 2011, and Rodeo of the Ozarks has been honored as one of the top five large outdoor rodeos in the country by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association for several consecutive years. The fourth of July festivities are highlighted every year as the world's top cowboys and cowgirls compete in seven PRCA/WPRA sanctioned events: steer wrestling, saddle bronco riding, bareback riding, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Come and enjoy several community events leading up to the Rodeo of the Ozarks including parades downtown, a boot-scootin' street dance, and an amazing fireworks display. For a complete schedule including some of our other yearly events please go to our website at rodeooftheozarks.com. Come celebrate our nation's heritage with us. There's something for your entire family!

Rogers Convention and Visitors Bureau
Rogers
479-636-1240
www.visitrogersarkansas.com
Grab your passport because you're going on a trip around the world at this year's 11th annual NWA International Festival on Saturday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic downtown Rogers!


Saturday Chef Series
Mid July
Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
Morrilton
501-727-5435
www.livethelegacy.org
Winthrop Rockefeller Institute of the University of Arkansas System (commonly called the Rockefeller Institute) is an educational institute and conference center. The legacy of the late Governer Winthrop Rockefeller is kept alive within the Institute by providing educational programs focusing on agriculture, the environment, arts and humanities, economic development, and public affairs. The Saturday Chef's Series offers every "cheficinado" an opportunity to test out and develop new skills and techniques by attending a wholesome, hands-on cooking class at Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. Different local chefs from across the state will teach the class each month. Offering classes on a variety of topics, there is sure to be something tempting for everyone's palate. Space is limited in each class and participation requires advance registration.
Steamboat Festival Days
1st Weekend in June
Downtown, on the banks of the White River
DesArc
870-256-5289
www.steamboatdays.net
For over 26 years, the first week in June belongs to Steamboat Days! The festivities are kicked off with a gospel concert on Wednesday, the Miss Steamboat Days pageant is held on Thursday, and Friday gets the whole event into high gear with a street dance that grooves until midnight. Bright and early at 6:00am on Saturday, the bass tournament is held on the White River. Are motorcycles more your thing than bass fishing? Then at 7:00am make your way to the 100 mile poker run. The children's activities are from 10:00 û 12:00, and then it's time to shop, when the vendors go live. The day winds down with the Grand Ole Opry at 6:30.
The Great Passion Play
May thru September
935 Passion Play Rd.
Eureka Springs
800-882-7529
www.greatpassionplay.com
Experience the wonder and glory of the Greatest Story Ever Told -- The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Arkansas! A cast of hundreds perform amid historically accurate stage settings, The Great Passion Play brings to life the thrilling, epic drama surrounding Christ's last days on earth, death and resurrection. Performed in our stunning 4,100 seat panoramic outdoor amphitheater, The Great Passion Play features state-of-the art sound and lighting effects and original music in a dramatic two-hour presentation of the last week in the incarnation of Jesus of Nazareth. Witness the colorful spectacle of the marketplace, the pageantry of the chariots and camel caravan, and the hustle and bustle of the crowds as they go about their daily activities drawing water from the well or herding their sheep through the streets of Jerusalem. Visit our website for price and schedule.

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Toad Suck Daze
Last weekend in April
Conway
Conway
501-327-7788
www.toadsuck.org
Long ago, steamboats traveled the Arkansas River when the water was the right depth. When it wasn't, the captains and their crews tied up to wait where the Toad Suck Ferry Lock and Dam now span the river. While they waited, they refreshed themselves at the tavern. The dismayed folks living nearby were heard to say: 'They suck on the bottle 'til they swell up like toads.' Hence Toad Suck. The tavern is long gone, but the legend still lives on at Toad Suck Daze. The first weekend in May over 150,000 people come to downtown Conway to attend Toad Suck Daze. For over 30 years, this festival's atmosphere of family, food and fun has made Toad Suck Daze a favorite with Arkansans as well as visitors from around the World. Toad Suck Daze activities include: Toad Market Arts & Crafts, Carnival, 5K/10K Race, Toadal Kids Zone, Live Entertainment and of course the World Famous Championship Toad Races. Besides being one of the most popular festivals in Arkansas, Toad Suck Daze also has provided over $1 Million in scholarship money since its beginning.

Tontitown Grape Festival
August
St. Joseph's Parish
Tontitown
479-361-2615
www.tontitowngrapefestival.com
Tontitown is a small community located in Northwest Arkansas with a special pride for its humble beginnings. However, in August they gear up to share it with the world. The Tontitown Grape Festival began as a harvest celebration for a small group of Italian immigrants in 1898. After more than 113 years, it has grown to include a large carnival, wine tasting, free nightly entertainment from Nashville recording artists, arts & crafts fair, grape stomp, and of course those Italian spaghetti dinners that have certainly become a famous ritual for thousands. The subsequent generations of these early settlers have not forgotten their heritage and they are happy to share it with anyone who attends. Buy locally grown grapes & you'll also want to try the grape ice cream! There's something for everyone!

Tour Da'Delta
November
Helena
870-572-4147
www.tourdadelta.org
Winding through the Arkansas Delta every October / November is Tour da' Delta. The lake vistas, challenging hills, and a ride across the Mississippi River Bridge ensures this cycling adventure to be memorable indeed. Tour da' Delta is held in honor of the late Tom Kinnebrew, an avid cyclist and vigorous promoter of cycling in eastern Arkansas. Tom had planned much of the route before his passing, and his legacy lives on year after year. Bicyclists can choose from three different routes: 30 miles, 62 miles, and 100 miles. Along the way, rest stops are hosted and themed by a variety of local volunteers. At the conclusion of the ride, cyclists are treated with a BBQ feast and live music. Truly a community event, Tour da' Delta is a premier ride for all cyclists. Visit the website or call for the annual event dates, registration and other details.


VW Festival Swap Meet & Tourcade
Fourth Weekend in August
Inn of the Ozarks
Eureka Springs
479-253-9768
www.nwavwa.com
In 1993 the North West Volkswagen Association formed and the Volkswagen Festival and Tourcade was born. Held every year on the 4th weekend in August, VW enthusiasts from all parts of the country descend on the picturesque downtown area of Eureka Springs.

Whistle Stop Festival
First weekend in May
Downtown area
Ashdown
903-280-2944 or 870-898-9080
www.littlerivercounty.org
A perfect stop for any railroad enthusiast, the annual Whistlestop Festival is located in the center of historic downtown Ashdown. Whether you stroll up and down the streets filled with antique shops and craft vendors or run in the 5K, 10K, or half-marathon, you will work up an appetitie to eat from any of the several food vendors while enjoying local entertainment. The event also features the Hook 'Em and Kook 'Em Catfish and Hushpuppy Cookoff with hefty prize money awarded to the winners. It is the season opening of the Farmers Market, located across the street from the historic GN&A Railroad depot and historic caboose, both open for tours. Join us in each year as we celebrate with fun and entertainment for both children and adults at the Whistlestop Festival!

 

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