Back to Nature: Mount Magazine Butterfly Festival

My Tuesday blogs are dedicated to experiencing the great outdoors. I feature anything from park events to Natural State destinations worth seeing. Join me each week to get back to nature.

Jill M. Rohrbach
Head to the Arkansas River Valley this weekend for the Mount Magazine Butterfly Festival XIV on June 25-26. Activities take place in historic downtown Paris and at nearby Mount Magazine State Park. The downtown fills with arts and crafts booths, concessions, live entertainment, an art show, photo contest, quilt show, mascot contest, and parade. For details on downtown activities, visit or call 479-963-2244.

At the state park, guest speakers and park interpreters lead walks and talks exploring butterfly biology and gardening. Children of all ages enjoy the popular Bug Bonanza Pavilion, which includes live insects, games, and make-and-take crafts. The Logan County Master Gardeners’ plant sale and a special concert add to the fun. Visit or phone 479-963-8502 for more information.

And yes, I know it’s going to be steaming hot in the River Valley this weekend. But, if you head up Mount Magazine the average annual temperature is 6 degrees cooler on the summit than in surrounding areas with the mid-summer to summer temperatures frequently 10 to 15 degrees cooler than surrounding valleys.

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