All the beauty and festivities of fall are showcased at Wildwood Park for the Arts during the annual Harvest! Festival, Oct. 16-17. The family event celebrates the glorious colors, aromas, foods, and traditions of autumn in Arkansas. Take part in hayrides to Pumpkin Hill, enjoy crafts and kids activities. One of the highlights is the Arkansas Pickin’ and Fiddlin’ Championship which includes flatpick, mandolin, banjo and bluegrass band, with fiddle contest divisions from pee wee to senior. Grammy-nominated Mountain Heart performs (middle photo) following the competition with an opening act by Truegrass.
A culinary competition judged by local chefs and food experts is open to all cooks. The harvest-oriented theme this year is corn. Categories for submission are appetizers, casserole/main dish, and miscellaneous. Both contests have cash prizes. Admission is $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 with those ages five and under admitted free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Wildwood is located at 20919 Denny Road in west Little Rock.