Take Your Pick of Fun Events Happening This Weekend

Jill M. Rohrbach
 
There is so much to do this weekend! Take your pick from the list below:

Arkansas River Valley

The Wilson SW Entergy Fishing Tournament is set for Sept. 11 at Lake Dardanelle in Russellville. The base location is the tournament weigh-in pavilion at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Lake Dardanelle’s 34,000 acres offer a fishery which is extremely healthy and varied. Fishermen from all over the world come here, and are continually surprised not only by the size of their catch, but by how Lake Dardanelle State Park uses conservation techniques to help keep the fishery so strong. The event is free to spectators. Call 479-967-5516 for details.


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The 30th annual Arkansas Championship Grape Stomp & Cowie Wine Fest is celebrated Sept. 11 at Cowie Wine Cellars near Paris. Activities include blessing of the new wine, grape stomping, live music, games, food, and tours of the Arkansas Historic Wine Museum. The event begins at noon. It ends at 6 p.m. with the “Ringing of the Bells,” 26 large church bells. Cowie is located three miles west of Paris on Ark. 22 at Carbon City. Visit www.cowiewinecellars.com or call 479-963-3990.

Arkansas Ozarks

Celebrate the “good ol’ days” at the 5th annual Diamond City Festival on Sept. 10-11 in Diamond City. The festival’s numerous offerings include a quilting competition, arts and crafts, pooches on parade, car and bike show, dunk tank, and more. Kids hunt for money in straw. Festivities begin with a barbecue dinner followed by the Cody Slaughter “Elvis” Show. There is no admission charge to the festival, but there is a charge for some events. Visit www.diamondcitychamber.com or call 870-422-7575 for more information.

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Enjoy a beautiful drive and yard sales galore during the Heavenly Highways Yard Sale on Sept. 10-11 in the Calico Rock area. Yard sales will take place from Salesville, down Ark. 5 to Norfork, Calico Rock and Mountain View. There will also be sales on Ark. 56 east to Ark. 223 to Ark. 177 from Calico Rock to Pineville. Visit www.calicorock.us or call 870-297-4129 for details.

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The 15th annual Arkansas State Hot Air Balloon Championship is Sept. 10-12 in Harrison. As always, the festival kicks off the first night with more than 20 balloons tethered to the ground for the balloon glow. The event includes several balloon races throughout the weekend. Tethered rides are $5 per person. The event takes place at the junior high soccer complex. Visit www.arkansasballoonfest.com or call 870-741-2659 for details.

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See the 19th annual Tired Iron of the Ozarks Fall Show on Sept. 10-12 in Gentry. The event features exhibitions of old-time sawmilling and blacksmithing, hit and miss engines, plowing, baling, and home-related antiques. RV parking with electricity and water hookups is available by calling 479-524-0450. There are club-operated food concessions. The event is held at 13344 Taylor Orchard Road. Visit www.tiredironoftheozarks.org or call 479-736-2841 for details.

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Hundreds of vintage classics compete for prizes and trophies during the 40th annual Eureka Springs Antique Automobile Festival on Sept. 10-12. The event includes a parade of vehicles on Sept. 11. A reenactment of a 1922 bank robbery follows the parade. Activities take place all around town and admission is free. Visit www.eurekaspringschamber.com or call 866-947-4387 for more information.
On Sept. 16-19 Eureka Springs hosts Scooting the Ozarks. This rally welcomes riders of all scooters – mopeds to maxi, vintage to modern. Visit www.scoottheozarks.proboards.com/ or call 715-574-7099 for details.


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A free Fall Music Festival at Terra Studios is this Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a morning children’s show with Marshall Mitchell from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The afternoon line-up is Candy Lee Long at noon, Pope County Bootleggers at 1:30 p.m., 3 Penny Acre at 3 p.m., and Strange Heroes from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to the music, you can enjoy the Bluebird of Happiness Gallery and shop all the wonderful art. The grounds are incredible too with a pond, art trail, labyrinth and more.

Terra Studios is located 13 miles east of Fayetteville from the Ark. 265 and Ark. 16 intersection on Ark. 16 east to Durham. In Durham, look for the giant billboard. Call 800-255-8995 for more information.

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Eureka Springs’ annual Wood Carvers Jamboree is set for Sept. 11-12 at Pine Mountain Village on U.S. 62. Watch wood carvers in action from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. Visit www.eurekasprings.org or call 918-251-8734 for details.


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Eureka Springs School of the Arts Fall Workshops take place in September at its facility located on U.S. 62 West in Eureka Springs. Classes offered on Sept. 10-12 are Block Printing, taught Jack Miller; Silk Dying, taught by Valerie Doran Bashaw; and Wood Turning, taught by Greg Thomas. On Sept. 16-18 workshops are: Basic Chair Slipcovering, taught by Mary Tait; and Beading, taught by Eleanor Lux. Register online at www.esartschool.org or call 479-253-5384.
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The 33rd annual Ozark Quilt Fair takes place Sept. 11 at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale. New and antique quilts are for show and sale. The event is free to spectators and $10 for exhibitors.
This award-winning museum tells the story of the Arkansas Ozark region through exhibits and programs. It contains a modern exhibit hall and seven historic buildings on landscaped grounds. Self-guided tours and special tours are available.
Visit www.springdalear.gov/shiloh or call 479-750-8165 for more information.
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Cooks from all over Arkansas and surrounding states compete for the title of “Arkansas’s Best Chili” at the Arkansas State Championship Hillbilly Chili Cook-Off on Sept. 11 in Bull Shoals. Event-goers can taste the chili and visit vendor booths as the cooks turn up the heat. Co-sponsored by the Bull Shoals-Lakeview Rotary Club, the event takes place at the Bull Shoals-White River State Park. Admission is $3 with children under 12 admitted free. Call 870-445-3629 for more information.

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Look to the skies on Sept. 11 during a Star Party at Withrow Springs State Park in Huntsville. Join park staff and members of the Astronomical Society of Northwest Arkansas for a star gazing session. Learn about the different stars, constellations, and planets that make up the night sky. Telescopes will be available for viewing, but you are welcome to bring your own. Binoculars are also helpful. Dress for the weather and be sure to bring a lawn chair. If the evening skies are cloudy or it is raining the event will be canceled. The free event takes place at the Crossbow Pavilion. Call 479-559-2593 for details.

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