Jill M. Rohrbach
Any day is a good day to visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs. Turpentine is a lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected “Big Cats” with emphasis on tigers, lions, leopards, and cougars.
But if you need a reason to go, here are two in one – the 13th annual Turpentine Creek Pow Wow and Father’s Day. The Pow Wow is held each year on Father’s Day weekend, which this year is June 17-19 on the refuge grounds.
The event consists of Inter-tribal dance contest, Color Guard, drumming, artists, wildlife exhibits, craft vendors with Native American art, food vendors with authentic Native American dishes, and more. Door prizes for refuge “perks” will be included this year.
Admission to the Pow Wow is $5 daily or $10 for the weekend. Children 3 and under admitted free. Proceeds help build natural habitats for the Big Cats.
It’s a three-day event, so make a weekend of it and enjoy shopping, dining, and touring Eureka Springs too. Lodging at Turpentine – really cool Zulu “tent camps” – sale out quickly so book your room now, or click here to find other area lodging.
The refuge is located seven miles south of Eureka Springs on scenic Ark. 23. For additional information, please call 479-253-3790.
Here are some other great Turpentine events to look forward to:
Independence Day Extravaganza – July 4
Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular – Oct. 29