May 11 is the date for the dedication of a replica of Fort Curtis in Helena-West Helena. The reproduction of the Union Civil War fort is located at the corner of York and Columbia streets in historic downtown Helena. The May 11 dedication of the fort begins Helena’s Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration of a multi-faceted heritage that includes Federal occupation, seven Confederate generals, and an encampment of thousands of freed slaves. The dedication begins at noon. Log on to www.CivilWarHelena.com or phone 870-816-1152 for more information.
Marion hosts the annual Esperanza Bonanza Festival through May 12. The festival features a barbecue cooking contest, carnival, rodeo, a golf tournament, live music and games for children and adults. For more information, phone 870-739-6041.
Pull out the lederhosen and head to Stuttgart for the 5th annual German Heritage Festival on May 12! The event is held on the grounds of the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie. German beer and wine, bratwurst, Germanic desserts and potato salad are on the menu, along with live polka music, grape stomping, log and stone throwing contests, a variety of children’s activities and a 5K run. Phone 870-672-1425 for more information or log on to www.GrandPrairieMuseum.org.
Celebrate The Natural State’s heritage as Parkin Archeological State Park in Parkin offers an Arkansas History Fair on May 12. Demonstrations and programs are offered throughout the day, with topics including Dutch oven cooking, pottery making, archery and atlatl throwing. Contact the park at 870-755-2500 to learn more.
Native American legend says the sound of the drum reflects the heartbeat of Mother Earth. It is also a belief that when people sing along with the drum, nature joins in harmony and carries the spirit of the songs to the Creator. Explore these legends and create a drum to take home when Hampson Archeological State Park in Wilson offers The Mother’s Heartbeat on May 12. The workshop is suitable for all ages. The $10 participant fee includes all materials. Contact the park at 870-655-8622 to learn more.
Cane Creek State Park in Star City hosts the park’s first mountain bike race on May 12. The Cane Creek Timberland Mountain Bike Race wends through the wooded, hilly trails of the park. Prizes awarded for race length and age divisions. Early registration fee is $25. Contact the park at 870-628-4714 for details or to register.
Get out and explore the Arkansas Delta this weekend!