Friday Roundup: Fort Smith Blues & Haunts

Friday blogs are a mix of things instead of fitting a theme like my other blog days. Most of the time it is event oriented and other times just something I need to share.

Jill M. Rohrbach
Fort Smith has a lot going on this weekend with its 20th annual Riverfront Blues Festival taking place today and tomorrow. Friday and Sunday are also the last two days to visit the Clayton House and hear its haunted history.

Here’s the lineup for the Blues:

Friday, June 25th, 2010
5:30 Gates open
6:oo-6:40 Copesetic
7:00-8:00 Wisebird
8:20-9:30 Band of Heathens
10:00-11:30/11:45 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

Saturday, June 26th, 2010
4:00 Gates
4:15-4:45 Copesetic
5:00-5:45 JP Soars & The Red Hots
6:00-6:45 Mark May
7:05-8:00 Honey Island Swamp Band
8:20-9:30 JJ Grey & Mofro
10:00-11:30/11:45 Delbert McClinton

Admission is $10 per day and tickets can only be purchased at the gate. Kids 12 and under get in free with an adult. The festival takes place at Harry E. Kelley Park, located at 200 Garrison Ave. in downtown Fort Smith.
What You Need to Know

For your comfort bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating. Don’t forget the sunscreen! Your driver’s license is required to buy alcoholic beverages.

No camping, coolers, no camcorders or recording devices. No pets please. Absolutely no swimming or wading in the Arkansas River. No access to the festival by boat.

In case of inclement weather, the show will continue on stage with the exception of severely heavy rains, dangerous conditions, high winds or lightning. The show may pause and resume due to weather conditions. No alternate location will be used and no rescheduling of the festival will occur.

FREE paved bike parking located near the entrance gate, first come first serve basis.

The Riverfront Blues Festival, LTD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to preserve and promote the blues.

Call 479-783-8888 or visit for more information. The Website provides a list of accommodations in Fort Smith. You can also find lodging information on

Clayton House in Fort SmithThe Clayton House: A Haunted History tour starts every 30 minutes on Friday from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. through June, so this is your last chance to catch it. The house is the restored 1882 wood-frame antebellum home of William Clayton, federal prosecutor in the court of the frontier Hangin’ Judge, Isaac C. Parker.

Reports of apparitions and audio evidence have been documented by multiple paranormal teams. It’s for ages 12 and older and costs $8 per person. Tours are limited so you need to pay in advance to guarantee your spot. All proceeds benefit the non-profit Clayton House. Call 470-783-3000 for details.

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