News from Mount Ida

Jennifer Sweeney with the Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce has sent word that the Mount Ida Good Ol’ Days Festival is coming up May 26-27. The free event takes place at the lawn of the Montgomery County Courthouse Square and there will be vendors, live music, a car show and more.

As to details, there will be a gospel show by The Garrett Sisters at the FrontPorch Stage Friday night and the music continues the next day with performances by John Talley, Jeb Willborg, and the classic rock and country sounds of Mike Mayberry & the Slowhands.

Also on the lineup for the weekend is a Tires on the Trail event in honor of National Bike Month. Arkansas is known as the Cycling Hub of the South and a Governor’s Advisory Council on Cycling has recently been created to spread the word about the benefits of biking and help promote the sport’s positive impact on the state economy. Events to celebrate National Bike Month are taking place in communities across the nation to highlight the sport and the many reasons people ride, be it for commuting or recreation.

In Mount Ida, Tires on the Trail takes place May 26 from noon – 4 p.m. at the Tompkins Bend Recreation Area and Campground, which is located at 15 Tompkins Bend in Mount Ida. Of note, participants in the ride are being asked to provide their own bikes and helmets and sign a liability waiver.

“The event will feature bicycle safety and maintenance presentations followed by a short guided bike ride on a section of the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail,” said Sweeney. “We may have also some local bike repair specialists on hand to assist with minor repairs…This is the first part of a much larger plan to help Mount Ida and Montgomery County become a more bike-friendly community.”

The Lake Ouachita Vista Trail runs along the shores of Lake Ouachita for around 45 miles. This hiking and biking trail has been named an Epic trail by the International Mountain Bicycling Association ( IMBA).  Biking has been gaining momentum in Arkansas. The state is currently home to five International Mountain Bicycling Association, IMBA, epic routes. Along with the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail, these include the Upper Buffalo Trail, the Womble Trail, the Syllamo Trails and the 108 miles of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, a long-distance hiking trail through the Ouachita National Forest. For more details, visit

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