Heritage of De Queen Celebrated at Hoo-Rah Days Festival!


Editor’s note: The event featured in this article occurred in 2014, but we hear that this year’s will be the best yet. Find it on our events page.

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The 25th annual Hoo-Rah Days Festival is October 10-11 in De Queen! The town has roots in a frontier tent settlement called Hurrah City and this festival celebrates the history of the town. The event will be at the Sevier County Museum at 7717 Walter J Leper Drive. According to museum director Karen Mills, the festival will have arts and crafts booths, live music (including the gospel group Harmony on Saturday), a Civil War encampment, pony rides (on Saturday), a car, truck and jeep show, and more. “There is something for everyone,” said Mills about the event. “And lots to do for kids. We will have a model railroad train going, the Civil War camp, crafts, and our blacksmith and knifemaker will be giving demonstrations.”

Look what De Queen looked like in 1910! Photo from the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives.

If you can’t make it that weekend, and want to check out the Sevier County Museum some other time, it is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10-3. The museum is home to a lot of history including a replica village with early town artifacts, an authentically furnished 1940s house, items relating to the county’s history and the Collin Raye Birthplace Museum.