Dancing, Ducks and Dutch Ovens


This November is full of fun events. From learning how to cook Thanksgiving favorites in a Dutch oven to celebrating the ducks in Stuttgart, there’s plenty to do, see, eat and experience.

Powhatan Historic State Park in Powhatan offers a Dutch Oven Workshop: Thanksgiving Feast on Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. Learn to cook many of your holiday favorites with a twist…using a Dutch oven. Participants will learn more about 19th century cooking, receive a recipe booklet, and try some tasty dishes in this workshop. Cost is $15. Contact the park at 870-878-6765 to learn more.

Take a step back in time and dance the night away to 1860s and 1870s period music in the beautifully decorated historic courthouse as Jacksonport State Park in Newport hosts the annual Holiday Gala Ball on Nov. 21. Participants learn traditional Victorian dances, then take to the ballroom floor to show off what they’ve learned, as the band plays period music. 

Duck’s rule! Especially in Stuttgart during the 80th annual World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival on Nov. 27-28. Thousands from across the country “flock” to the event to celebrate the town’s century-old moniker as the “Duck Capital of the World!” The festival includes a duck calling contest, commercial exhibits, an arts and craft fair, handmade duck calls and decoys, a carnival and midway, outdoor exhibits, the famous Sportsman’s Party, the Great 10K Duck Race, and, of course, the World Championship Duck Gumbo Cook-off.