Awesome April

Spring has sprung and all of Central Arkansas is celebrating with numerous opportunities to get out and enjoy it. Check out these enticing invitations to get outdoors!

April 6 Does anything say “spring” like the opening day of baseball season? The Arkansas Travelers will play their first game of the year at Dickey Stephens Park against the Corpus Christi Hooks. And DSP has been busy in the off season, having recently announced Steven Davis as the new “voice of the Travs” and an investment in fan safety by extending the backstop netting to the ends of the dugouts.

The manufacturer, Promats, has also installed extended netting at Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium, so DSP is confident Travs fans are in for a superior experience. Bonus: The new netting is 50% thinner than the previous netting, which means an even better view of the game. Let’s play ball! 

April 12-14 A weekend of family-friendly fun is capped off with the state’s largest Easter egg hunt at Petit Jean Mountain State Park in the park’s annual Great Escape Weekend. Four nature programs such as hikes and cave tours and other family activities will take place on both Friday and Saturday, culminating on Easter Sunday with a non-denominational sunrise service at the Petit Jean Gravesite Overlook at Stout’s Point. The big event is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, when little ones in Pre-K to K, grades 1-3, and grades 4-6 age groups will be unleashed on a field planted with roughly 2,000 Easter eggs.

“It’s kind of like the Oklahoma land rush,” said park interpreter BT Jones. “Pretty wild.”

April 21-22 The 13th annual Fourche River Days returns to the Perryville Square this year with another weekend of fun for the whole family. Special events throughout the free weekend include an arm wrestling tournament, a pageant, a car and motorcycle show, a horseshoe tournament and a 5K run/walk, plus activities like paint ball, laser tag, an inflatables area and more. Add to that a bunch of local food vendors and a full lineup of live music on Friday evening and all day Saturday, and your whole weekend is covered. 

April 28-29 Everyone knows Arkansas strawberries are the best strawberries, and a lot of that has to do with the wonderful growers in Cabot. This year marks the 15th anniversary of one of the state’s sweetest events: the Cabot Strawberry Festival. There are plenty of reasons to head to downtown Cabot for the festival, carnival rides, a kids zone, vendors, food trucks, the annual pageant, and so on. But it’s all just an excuse for the juicy-red main event—the strawberries!