April Events Taking Place in the Arkansas Delta

 

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Kimberly J. Williams, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

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In order to better serve your needs and to keep you from getting extremely long documents from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, we have decided to break down our Travelin’ Arkansas release into regions organized by date. This way you will be able to look only at the areas you are interested in covering. The territories covered in Travelin' Arkansas adhere to the six geographical regions found in the Arkansas Tour Guide. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions: communications@arkansas.com or 501-682-7606.

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Bargain hunters should head to Halley on April 1 and 2 for the 14th annual Halley Fire Department Rummage and Bake Sale. Held at the Halley Fire Station, this yearly event serves as a fundraiser for the community fire department. Local communities and individuals donate items for the sale, which is also a great opportunity to snag some yummy baked goods! Phone 870-538-9358 for more information.

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Join the staff of Lake Frierson State Park in Jonesboro on April 2 and help make the park a better place to live for wildlife. Volunteers are invited to come and clean up the habitat for all the creatures that call the park home. A free picnic lunch is offered to all volunteers and there will be drawings for a variety of prizes. To learn more contact Lake Frierson State Park at 870-932-2615.

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The Arkansas Delta is the perfect place to wile away the day in a boat. Before hitting the waves, take the Boating Education Class offered by Lake Poinsett State Park in Harrisburg on April 2. In fact, residents born after Dec. 31, 1985, must attend and pass a boating education course before operating a boat in Arkansas. For those born before that date, the class is a good opportunity to hone your boating skills before getting the boat wet. The class focuses on Arkansas boating laws, personal flotation devices, navigation and accident prevention. The class is free but preregistration is required. Contact Lake Poinsett State Park at 870-578-2064 for questions or to register.

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The 13th annual Air Field Reunion is April 8-9 at the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School Museum in Walnut Ridge. The event is a reunion of former airfield personnel, both military and civilian, that worked and trained at the facility during World War II. Activities include museum and airfield tours, movies from the era and a memorial service. For more information visit www.WingsofHonor.org or contact the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School at 800-584-5575.

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Take to the kayak for a scenic guided tour of Cane Creek Lake on April 9 as Cane Creek State Park in Star City hosts an Afternoon Kayak Tour. April 16 is the date for the Full Moon Kayak Tour, which allows visitors to experience Cane Creek bathed in moonlight. If you’re looking to experience the lake in a different way, try the park’s Sunset Kayak Tour offered on April 30. Tour participants don't have to have kayaking experience but should be comfortable around and in the water. A brief paddling lesson is given before the beginning of the tour. Reservations are required and the $15 adult admission ($10 for ages 12 and under) includes kayak rental, life jacket, paddle and guide service. Check out www.ArkansasStateParks.com  to learn more or phone 870-628-4714.
 
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Explore the heritage of Lake Village and the town’s commercial historic district when the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program leads a Walk Through History tour on April 9. Join a staff member from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to learn more about the properties and their past. The tour begins at 11 a.m. at the Chicot County Courthouse. For more information visit www.arkansaspreservation.org or phone the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program at 501-324-9880.
 
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Lake Poinsett State Park in Harrisburg helps you take cooking outdoors to a new level during a Basic Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop on April 9. Participants prepare a meal from start to finish in the cast iron cookware. The $45 fee includes a Dutch oven to take home. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Contact the park at 870-578-2064 for questions or to register.

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Explore the world of cooking outdoors in cast iron cookery when Village Creek State Park in Wynne offers a Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop on April 9. The class covers the basics of temperature control, care for the cookware, and special recipes to use in a Dutch oven. Contact Village Creek State Park at 870-238-9406 to register.

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With spring comes wildflowers and Village Creek State Park in Wynne hosts The Wonder of Wildflowers on April 13-16. Stroll through the woods along Crowley’s Ridge and experience the beauty of nature as flowers are decked out in their spring glory. Programs include guided trail walks, special programs, crafts and other activities for all ages. Contact Village Creek State Park at 870-238-9406 for more information.

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Star City hosts the 8th annual StarDaze Festival on April 15-16. The festival is a family-friendly event located on the Court House lawn. StarDaze promises a plethora of fun activities, including arts and crafts, a carnival, live entertainment, a car show and a Moon Pie eating contest. Log on to www.StarDazeFestival.com or phone 870-370-1903 for detailed information.

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Experience the history of the Arkansas Delta as Arkansas Post National Memorial in Gillett presents the 228th anniversary of Colbert’s Raid on April 16. The Sons of the American Revolution present a special ceremony on Colbert’s Raid, Arkansas’s only Revolutionary War battle. Historic lectures and cannon demonstrations are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Log on to www.nps.gov/arpo or phone 870-548-2207 for more information.

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Head to West Memphis on April 16 for the sights, smells and sounds of the 8th annual Gumbo Fest. Teams will be cooking throughout the day and, if you’re lucky, you’ll get a chance to taste-test food from the variety of cooking categories, including gumbo, chicken wings and exotic meat. Spend the afternoon and evening enjoying great food and live music. For more information visit www.wmcoc.com or contact the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce at 870-735-1134.              

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Native Americans always showed respect for nature and others. One notable form was use of the Talking Stick during tribe councils. Discover the history and uses of the Talking Stick when Hampson Archeological Museum State Park in Wilson offers R-E-S-P-E-C-T, a workshop focusing on the Native American item. Participants also make their own stick to take home. The workshop is suitable for all ages. Phone 870-655-8622 for more information.
 
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Paragould offers four live music events each month: KASU’s Blues Monday, KASU's Bluegrass Monday, and WoodSongs, along with the newest addition, Terry’s Café Acoustic Bluegrass Jam Session. Blues and jazz performers from the region perform the third Monday of each month in downtown Paragould for KASU’s Blues Monday. The next Blues Monday is April 18 at 7 p.m. Inspired by the national public radio program “Michael Johnathon’s Old-Time Radio Show,” WoodSongs is held the fourth Saturday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and consists of entertainment from local songwriters and performers. The next performance date is April 23. Blues Monday and WoodSongs are held at the Red Goose Deli in downtown Paragould. Every fourth Monday, Terry’s Café, located at 201 S. Pruett St., welcomes bluegrass enthusiasts for the Acoustic Bluegrass Jam Session. Music starts at 4:30 p.m. and ends promptly at 6:45 p.m., just in time for KASU’s Bluegrass Mondays. The music is free and dinner specials are available. KASU hosts Bluegrass Monday on April 25 at the historic Collins Theater, featuring an open jam session for local musicians at 5 p.m. followed by a live bluegrass concert at 7 p.m.  For more information on the events contact Main Street Paragould at 870-240-0544.

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Motorcycles and music take over Cherry Street during the 11th annual Wild Hog Motorcycle Rally and Musicfest on April 21-24 in historic downtown Helena. The event features food and merchandise vendors, a motorcycle parade, a poker run, field events, Ms. Wild Hog contest, and music, music, music! Poco, Shenandoah, Jason D. Williams, Marrakesh Express, broadBand and Tyler Boydstun are all scheduled to perform. For a detailed schedule of events, visit the Wild Hog Musicfest and Motorcycle Rally website at www.wildhogmusic.org

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Students learn the importance water plays in our life at Parkin Archeological State Park’s “Make a Splash” School Day on April 22 in Parkin. The day features fun activities focusing on environmental education and water fun. The gigantic Arkansas Game and Fish Commission aquarium is also on display. Contact Parkin Archeological State Park at 870-755-2500 for details.

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It’s that time of year! Time to toss some eggs at Cane Creek State Park’s Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Toss on April 23 in Star City. Kids under 12 will hunt the park grounds for candy-filled eggs. Children and adults of all ages are invited to participate in the team egg toss. Don’t forget to bring the camera and get photos taken with the Easter Bunny himself. Call 870-628-4714 to learn more.

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The city of Caraway hosts the annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 23. The event starts at 1 p.m. at the Caraway City Park. Spend the afternoon with the kids as they search for brightly colored eggs and compete for a variety of prizes. Phone 870-482-3716 for more information.

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Cooking outdoors is a favorite spring activity for many families. Learn a new technique as Lake Frierson State Park in Jonesboro hosts a Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop on April 23. Workshop participants learn the history of the Dutch oven, how to regulate temperature and how to use and care for the cast iron. The $45 admission includes a Dutch oven and lunch. To make reservations or to obtain information contact Lake Frierson State Park at 870-932-2615.

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Village Creek State Park in Wynne hosts an Easter Egg Extravaganza on April 24. Youngsters will search the landscape for brightly colored eggs. The event is also an opportunity to collect donations and supplies for the Wynne Friends of Animals, such as cat litter, paper towels, cleaning supplies, pet toys and antibacterial soap. Contact Village Creek State Park at 870-238-9406 for details.

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Dumas offers the workshop “Promoting Rural Tourism: Making Internet Marketing Work for Your Business and Your Town” on April 30. Participants learn how to identify potential customers and use your knowledge of your business and your community into a profitable Internet marketing strategy. The cost of the workshop is $30 and includes lunch. Advance registration is required. Phone 800-862-2040 for more information.

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Attention, Scouts! Parkin Archeological State Park in Parkin invites scouts to earn the park’s History Awareness Patch on April 30. Participate in a tour of the prehistoric mound site and complete a site explorer activity to earn the patch. Earn additional rocker patches by scheduling return visits to the park. Participants must register through their scout leader. Contact the park at 870-755-2500 for details.

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Anglers ages 12 and under are invited to show off their fishing skills at Lake Poinsett State Park’s 6th annual Kid’s Fishing Derby on April 30 in Harrisburg. A special section of the lake will be stocked just for the fishing derby. Prizes are awarded and parents are encouraged to help, but only the kids are allowed to fish. For more information, log on to www.ArkansasStateParks.com or phone 870-578-2064.

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