Arkansas Turns 175!

Kimberly J. Williams

Wow!! Did you know that Arkansas, our great state, turns 175 this year? That’s something!!

Back 25 years ago, when The Natural State turned a spry 150, we had the sesquicentennial celebration. Now, we’re looking for a “name” for the 175th celebration…and we want and need YOUR help!!
Log on to to place your vote for the official title of the birthday celebration. Starting today, you can vote for your favorite until May 8. The winning “name” will be revealed on May 10.

This also coincides with Arkansas’s celebration of National Tourism Week on May 7-15. The Natural State welcomed almost 23 million visitors in 2010…and those guests spent an unbelievable $5.5 billion dollars, making tourism one of the state’s largest industries! National Tourism Week is an opportunity for ALL Arkansans to share our pride, our love and our appreciation for our great state with others! You can find more information on the celebration here.

So get moving!! Head to to vote NOW!! You can vote ONE time per day!


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