April Events Taking Place in the Arkansas Ozarks



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Jill M. Rohrbach and Kimberly J. Williams, travel writers
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism


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The 2011 Spring Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show is set for April 1-2 in Siloam Springs. This annual spring show features vendors with rocks, minerals, fossils, gems and jewelry. Some stones are finished, and some are in the rough. There are educational exhibits and demonstrations featuring lapidary and rockhounding themes. Special features include door prizes, silent auctions, and children's events. The show is sponsored by the Northwest Arkansas Gem & Mineral Society, and takes place at the Community Center on 110N. Mt. Olive St. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under the age of 13. Call 479-787-5619 for details.

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Grab your helmets and dust off your wheels to hit the mountain bike trails during the Ozark Mountain Bike Festival April 1-3 at Devil’s Den State Park in West Fork. There will be guided rides for every level of rider, as well as the fun bike limbo and gear swap. Contact the park at 479-761-3325 for a detailed schedule. Admission is free. The park’s Website is http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/devilsden/.

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Fayetteville’s Iron Pig Festival takes place April 2 at Drake Field. The festival consists of four different events – duathlon, 5K run, 1 mile fun run/walk, and 16.5 mile bike time trial. In the duathlon, one leg of the race is on the airport runway. Visit http://www.ironpigduathlon.com/ or call 479-521-7766 for details.

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Explore the history of herbs in cooking, medicines and everyday life when Powhatan Historic State Park in Powhatan offers the Herb Garden Workshop on April 2. In the past, herbs were carried from continent to continent, but today we take them for granted. Participants will take home information about herbs, a live potted herb plant, an herb butter sample, an herb vinegar or oil, and a fragrant sachet bag for your closet. Contact the park at 870-878-6765 for information.

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Presented by Ozark Mountain Paddlers at Turner Bend in Ozark, the Whitewater Paddling Clinic is April 2-3. Participants can learn the basic of canoeing and maneuvering Class II rapids while the water is at prime level. Visit www.ozarkmtnpaddlers.org/ or call 479-667-3641 for more information.

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An evening of art and culture, First Thursday on the Downtown Square is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 7 in Fayetteville. On the first Thursday of each month, participating galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment. Participating venues feature attractions such as art openings, live music, artists’ receptions, lectures, wine tastings, and hands-on activities. In addition, the downtown square comes alive with performances and interactive exhibits. Visit www.firstthursdayfayetteville.com/ or call 479-521-5776 for details.

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Tomorrow's Heirlooms XIII Quilt Show, a judged show of more than 350 quilts, takes place April 8-9 in Bentonville. There are also special exhibits, vendor mall, quilt raffle, skill demonstrations, and a quilt auction. Quilt appraisals are provided by appointment. The guest speaker at the show is Margaret Miller. Admission is $5 for adults. Children under 12 enter for free. The show is held at the Benton County Fair Grounds, 7640 SW Regional Airport Blvd. Visit http://quiltguildnwa.edublogs.org/ or call 479-657-6041 for additional information.

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The University of Arkansas 2011 Horse Festival is April 8-9 at the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Arena, located at 1335 W. Knapp St., in Fayetteville. This year’s festival features performers, drill teams, and rare breeds from drafts to miniatures. Tickets to the clinic from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 8 are $5, or free to kids under 8. Admission is $10 per person for the April 9 shows, which take place at noon and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are only available at the door. Proceeds support University of Arkansas Equine Program. Visit http://animalscience.uark.edu/2274.htm or call 479-575-8423 for more information.

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The sound of bagpipes echoes through the Ozarks again this spring, as Lyon College in Batesville hosts the 32nd annual Arkansas Scottish Festival on April 8-10. The festival, honoring Scottish heritage and traditions, features a vast array of events and exhibits, a kilted golf tournament, food vendors offering traditional Scottish dishes, Celtic music, sheepdog demonstrations, and, of course, bagpipes. A traditional Feast and Ceilidh is celebrated on Saturday evening. For more information, visit www.lyon.edu/scotfest or phone 870-307-7242.

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The 23rd annual Ozark UFO Conference is April 8-10 at the Inn of the Ozarks Conference Center in Eureka Springs. There will be a minimum of nine lectures by UFO researchers and those with UFO experiences. Additional topics are UFO abductions and crop circles. Vendors such as booksellers and artists will be on hand. Tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at the door. Visit http://www.ozarkufo.com/ or call 501-354-8158 for details.

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Spring's warmer temperatures offer a great opportunity to get out and geocache. If you aren't familiar with the outdoor scavenger hunt, Jacksonport State Park in Newport offers a GPS Workshop on April 9. Participants will learn how to operate a GPS, locate hidden caches and create their own caches. Contact the park at 870-523-2143 for more information.
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The 7th annual Carving in the Ozarks on April 15-16 in Eureka Springs features the art of chainsaw carving. Typically 15 to 25 carvers participate in the event each year, creating a masterpiece right before your eyes. All pieces carved during the weekend are auctioned off at 4 p.m. on April 16. A portion of the proceeds benefit Carroll County Habitat For Humanity and The Eureka High School Vica students. The free event is held at the intersection of Ark. 62 East and Rockhouse Road. Visit www.carvingintheozarks.com/ or call 479-253-2080 for more information.

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Check out antique tractors and engines at the 19th annual Tired Iron Spring Show in Gentry on April 15-17. Exhibitions include old-time saw-milling and blacksmithing, hit and miss engines, plowing, threshing, and home-related antiques. Admission is free. More information can be found at http://www.home.earthlink.net/~jburger370/tiredironoftheozarks/, or call 479-736-2841.

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An annual spring celebration, the 49th annual Arkansas Folk Festival is April 15-17 in Mountain View. The festival features handmade crafts, frontier life demonstrations, parade, lots of folk, mountain, and bluegrass music, dancing on the courthouse square, and a window decorating contest. Ozark Folk Center State Park opens for the season on April 15 with free admission to its Crafts Village during this weekend. Evening music concerts are regular admission price of $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12. A free shuttle runs from downtown to the Folk Center. Call 888-679-2859 for more information. Visit www.yourplaceinthemountains.com for more information on the Mountain View area, and http://www.ozarkfolkcenter.com/ to learn more about the park.

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Powhatan Historic State Park in Powhatan presents the Historic Powhatan School of the Lady on April 15-17. The three-day workshop is targeted for women interested in living history and reenacting the mid-19th century. Instructors from historic sites throughout Arkansas will teach participants all aspects of a 19th century woman, including etiquette, cooking, history, music and sewing techniques. The school emphasizes the accurate portrayal of these aspects during a living history encampment. To learn more contact Powhatan Historic State Park at 870-878-6765.

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It’s all about dessert as Davidsonville Historic State Park in Pocahontas presents a Sweet Tooth Dutch Oven Workshop on April 16. From cobbler to monkey bread, participants are the cooks and the tasters! Work with new recipes and old favorites during this tasty class. Admission is $40 and includes a Dutch oven to take home. Space is limited and reservations are required. Contact the park at 870-892-4708 for details.
 
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The Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville invites home school students from across the area to visit during the museum’s HomeSchool Workshops on April 18 and 25. The event features a variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations and games, all designed around Arkansas history. To learn more or to register, visit www.OIRM.org or phone 870-793-2121.

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April 20-22 marks the date of the 33rd annual Dulcimer Jamboree at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. The event consists of workshops, jams, and special concerts featuring some of the best instructors for both mountain and hammered dulcimers. Visit http://www.ozarkfolkcenter.com/ or call 870-269-3851 for details.

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Meet in Jasper on April 22 for the 50th annual Spring Dogwood Tour. Buses leave from the courthouse square and admission is $5 per person. Bring your own sack lunch. Call the U.S. Forest Service at 870-446-5122 or county agents at 870-446-2240 for reservations. The tour is sponsored by Jasper School District, U.S. Forest Service, Buffalo Ranger District, and Newton County Beautification Committee.

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Bull Shoals’ Ozark Springtime Wildflower Weekend is April 22-24 at the Bull Shoals-White River State Park. Activities include guided wildflower walks, children’s programs, lake and river cruises, evening slide shows and more. Contact the park at 870-445-3629 for a schedule. The event is free, except for the lake and river cruises. Find out more about the park at www.arkansasstateparks.com/bullshoalswhiteriver/.


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Springfest in Heber Springs kicks off April 22 and runs through April 24. Activities include Taste of Heber, a food sampling of area restaurants, and an art walk in the downtown. In Spring Park there will be handmade crafts, kids activities, a pageant, and live entertainment. Visit www.heber-springs.com/content/ or call 501-362-2444 for details.

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The Easter Bunny, lots of hidden eggs, candy and prizes are what you’ll find at Jacksonport State Park’s Easter Egg Hunt on April 23 in Newport. Pose for photos with the head bunny himself. Prizes will be awarded to the lucky kids who find the special hidden eggs. Contact Jacksonport State Park at 870-523-2143 for more information.

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If you’re a scout, don’t miss Davidsonville Historic State Park’s Discovering Davidsonville Scout Patch Day on April 23 in Pocahontas. Attendees participated in five activities that explore the town’s past. Living history characters, crafts, and tours of the area allow scouts to learn about the history of Davidsonville, home to several of Arkansas’s firsts. Space is limited and reservations are required. Contact Davidsonville Historic State Park at 870-892-4708 for questions.

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Withrow Springs State Park in Huntsville celebrates Wildflower Weekend on April 29-30. Bring the whole family to enjoy a variety of programs, tours, and activities celebrating the amazing wildflowers of the Ozarks. Contact the park at 479-559-2593 for a schedule. Admission is free. Visit www.arkansasstateparks.com/withrowsprings/ for more information about the park.

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Ozark Riverfest takes place in King City Park in Calico Rock on April 29-30. The event includes a classic car show, local craft vendors, and music from dawn to dust. The National Guard will also provide some activities. Also during the festival will be Taste of Calico Rock, a food sampling of local restaurants. Visit http://www.calicorock.us/ or call 870-297-4129 for more information.

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Berryville celebrates spring with its 4th annual Flower & Garden Show & Sale on April 30 on the downtown square. You’ll find all kinds of landscaping materials, bedding plants, and cedar outdoor furniture. Locals bring in starts or seeds from heirloom or treasured flowers, no longer used tools, lawn furniture, bulbs, young trees, flower pots and usually some great home baked goods. Visitors can bring their dirt to be tested. There will be classes on topics such as preserving food, and organic gardening. Added this year is the Window Box Contest and a Garden Gate Contest, with a $100 prize for each winner. Visit http://www.berryvillear.com/ or call 870-423-3704 for more information.


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