April Events Taking Place in the Arkansas River Valley

 

April Events Taking Place in the Arkansas River Valley
 
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Jill M. Rohrbach, 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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A unique twist on a trade show, the Arkansas Book Expo on April 1-3 in Paris features books about Arkansas, including nature, history, and more. Authors are available for one-on-one interaction. There are also programs and book signings. During the Book Lover’s Brunch on April 3, participants dine with the author of their choice. Advance tickets are recommended. The cost is $40 for the entire expo, which includes the Friday night reception, book expo, Saturday evening concert by Still on the Hill, and Sunday brunch. Tickets for the trade show are $5. Brunch tickets cost $20. The event takes place at the Lodge at Mount Magazine State Park. Visit http://www.mountmagazinestatepark.com/ or call 479-963-8502 for more information.

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Cast for a big bass pay-out on April 2 at the Disabled American Veterans annual Bass Tournament at Lake Dardanelle State Park in Russellville. The event is open to all anglers. Other activities for the whole family include a climbing wall, inflatables for kids, live music, snacks, and a motorcycle poker run. All proceeds benefit veterans in Arkansas. Visit http://www.davoutdoors.com/ or call 501-257-1896 for more information.

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After a 10 year hiatus, the Booneville Open/Cow Pasture Pool returns April 2-3 in Booneville. The event is a golf tournament played in a cow pasture. It is a two-man scramble, and the team entry fee is $200. Visit http://www.booneville.com/Default.htm or call 479-675-2666 for more information.

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Spend three days discovering the colorful heralds of spring at Petit Jean State Park near Morrilton on April 8-10 during Wildflower Weekend. The free event includes walks, and presentations on wildflowers. Contact the park at http://www.petitjeanstatepark.com/ or call 501-727-5441 for a detailed program schedule.

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The Big To Do on Scenic 22 is April 13-16. This area-wide yard sale stretches from Dardanelle to Barling along Ark. 22. At the event are yard sales at property located on and off the highway. Call 479-963-2244 for more information.

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The 25th annual Spinach Festival is April 16 along Main Street in Alma. The event is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes arts, crafts, food, and entertainment. There are also, of course, spinach eating and spinach growing contests. Admission is free. Visit http://www.almaspinachfestival.com/ or call 479-632-4127 for details.

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PARTY in the PARK is April 23 in Russellville. During the party there is music, art, crafts, and other activities. This event is in a great location for family and friends to meet and learn more about the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center. Admission is free. For more information visit www.arvartscenter.org or call 479-968-2452.

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In its second year, Story Fest takes place April 23 in Fairfield Bay. During the event four nationally known storytellers take the stage in two tents. Vendors are at the festival too. Admission is $12 for adults. Call 501-884-3324 or visit www.ffbchamber.org for more information.

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This event is all about sampling. Taste of the Valley is on April 28 in Russellville. Numerous restaurants, caterers, bakeries, wineries and more are on hand with samples for all who attend. The event takes place in the historical train depot in the downtown area. Admission is $25. Call 479-967-1437 for details.

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Ozarks hosts the 12th annual Taste of the Ozarks on April 28. Bring an appetite to explore this business showcase of food presented by the Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce each year at the North Franklin County Fair Complex. The event is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and admission is $5. Call 800-951-2525 for details.

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Arkansas Wine Country is the backdrop for the Bloom-n-Blues Festival on April 30 at Chateau Aux Arc Vineyards & Winery in Altus. Celebrate the grape season at Chateau Aux Arc with live music, games, food and wine. For more information call 1-800-558-WINE. The winery’s website is http://www.chateauauxarc.com/.


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Submitted by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-682-7606
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