This Weekend in the Arkansas Delta and the North Central Ozarks

Happy Friday!! If you don’t have plans for the weekend, don’t despair! Here are some great events in the Arkansas Delta and the north central Ozarks, many of which kick off today!

The town of McGehee celebrates the 6th annual Owlfest on Oct. 12-13. The weekend features a 5K run/walk, a children’s area, two street dances, live music, an owl hoot contest, a motorcycle show, arts and crafts, and great food. Log on to www.McGeheeChamber.comor call 870-222-4451 for details.

The 36th annual Arkansas Rice Festival is slated for Oct. 12-13 in Weiner. The festival promotes Arkansas’s rice industry, the state’s top agricultural export, and celebrates the harvest season. The event includes a variety of activities, including a car show, the rice cook-off, a parade, youth duck calling contest and clinic, the “ricest yard in town” contest, a truck and tractor pull, a weiner dog race, karaoke, and art and photography contests for youth and adults. Visit www.ArkansasRiceFestival.comor phone 870-919-0726 for more information.

Get in the Halloween spirit at Fright Night on Oct. 13 at Arkansas Post Museum State Park in Gillett. The 11th annual event features face painting, carnival games with prizes, fortune telling, spell casting and lots of trick-or-treating treats. For those brave enough, the big haunted house will open at 7 p.m. The Gillett Civic Group will have a concession stand during this time. Admission is $1. For more information, contact the park at 870-548-2634.

Crossett is the location for the 34th annual Wiggins Cabin Festival on Oct. 13. The event offers arts and crafts, games for kids, live entertainment, a variety of food and a 5K/1-mile walk. To find out more information, visit www.WigginsCabinFestival.comor call 870-364-3648.

Downtown Paragould hosts the 2nd annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 13. The “fall festival with a German flair” offers arts and crafts, music, a dog parade, the “Running of the Wieners” dog race, and a variety of vendors. The Northeast Arkansas Volks-Folks hosts the 12th annual VW Car Show. Find out more by calling 870-240-0544.

Youngsters of all ages will enjoy experiencing life of the pioneers at the 22nd annual Homestead Festival at Parker Homestead in Harrisburg. This year’s events are scheduled for Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21. Visit the restored buildings and enjoy sorghum cooking, broom making, covered wagon rides, butter making blacksmithing, and live music. Visit www.ParkerHomestead.comor phone 870-578-2699 for more information.

Feel the chill in the air and listen for the whispers of ghosts when Davidsonville Historic State Park in Pocahontas hosts the Ghosts of Davidsonville Fall Festival on Oct. 13. The family-friendly festival features musical performances, carnival games, activities just for kids, carnival food and a hayride through the park’s historic town site and decorated campground. Admission is $5. Phone the park at 870-892-4708 to learn more.

Get out and enjoy The Natural State this weekend!
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