Gilbert Centennial Celebration

Saturday, May 4, 2013 - Sunday, May 5, 2013

The tiny Buffalo National River hamlet of Gilbert, Arkansas turns 100 years old in 2013. Dates for the Gilbert Centennial Celebration are May 4-5.  The party begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday and includes speakers, a “Century of Fashion” parade, face painting, a time capsule ceremony, and horse-drawn wagon rides.  A Dutch oven Dessert Cook-off, a beans and cornbread supper, drawings, an auction, and door prizes, plus plenty of music round out the activities.

You’ll also be to see inside the 100-year-old Press Building, visit art galleries, exhibits, watch oral history videos or tie a quilt.  Items offered at the auction includes a weekend stay at Anna’s House, dinner on Dry Creek, and a float trip on the Buffalo National River for up to eight people. Another offering is a three-night stay at the Gilbert RV Park & Campground, dinner at the Gilbert Café, and a canoe trip on the Buffalo for four people. Some of the items in the drawings include works by local artists, a guided fishing trip, gifts from Coursey’s Meat and Big Springs Restaurant.

While you’re in town, be sure and visit the Gilbert General Store.  Built in 1901,this traditional country store continues to serve its tiny community on the banks of the Buffalo National River. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Mays Store.

A special church service is Sunday, May 5.