Friday Roundup: Fort Smith’s Heritage Festival is April 10

Friday blogs are a mix of things instead of fitting a theme like my other blog days. Most of the time it will be event oriented and other times just something I needed to share.
Jill M. Rohrbach

Looking for something to do tomorrow? Fort Smith’s Heritage Festival begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow (April 10) with events taking place throughout the downtown area. Here’s what you’ll find to do:

· Miss Laura’s Visitor Center offers guided tours of the only former bordello on the National Register of Historic Places.
· 4-H students at Belle Point Park display farm animals typical to those brought by settlers to the area.
· The Fort Smith Museum of History offers a free admission day, and special presentations.
· The Fort Smith National Historic Site presents a living history tour following the experiences of a U.S. Marshal bringing in a criminal from the Indian Territory.
· The U.S. National Cemetery offers walking tours so visitors may experience the history of some buried at the cemetery.
· Have a smoked barbecue sandwich served from a chuck wagon for a great price at the Sebastian County Courthouse.
· Ride the mule wagon down Rogers Avenue. It loads at the Sebastian County Courthouse.
· Meet the legendary U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves in the Fort Smith Convention Center. Baridi Nkokheli brings the heroic man to life in the children’s area.
· Cold Water Dog presents Irish and Scottish music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fort Smith Convention Center.
· Experience the excitement of an Old West shoot out by the lawbreakers and Peacemakers group on the Sebastian County Courthouse lawn.

That’s only part of the fun the city has planned to celebrate its history. The Natchez Nation Benefit Powwow will also be held again. It features an opening ceremony, grand entry, stomp dance, intertribal dance, competition dance, gourd dance, contests and native American artists.

The Heritage Festival benefits Meals For Kids, currently providing take home food each Friday for more than 2,400 children in Arkansas and Oklahoma public schools.
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