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The state’s largest watermelons are celebrated each year at the Hope Watermelon Festival in Hope. The 41st annual event, set for August 10-12, includes ice-cold watermelons sold by the slice, watermelon weigh-ins, and watermelon eating and seed spitting contests. The festival itself dates back to the mid-1920s when the city staged a one-day annual festival. …
Each month, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program historians provide free guided walking tours of historic districts across Arkansas. A “Walks Through History” tour is taking place on May 13 in Hope. The program will focus on a two-block area of downtown known as the historic commercial district. The tour will begin at 11 a.m. at Hope …
If you are on the lookout for an event to head to this weekend, Train Day is taking place May 6 in Hope. “I would describe this as a celebration of the rails that really made Hope “boom” back in the late 1800s,” said Summer Powell, who is involved in the festival and works for …
Klipsch is currently one of the leading loudspeaker companies in the nation. Paul Klipsch, (1904-2002), a Hope resident, audio pioneer and founder of the company, had a passion for amateur radios. Both are tied to the history of the town. While doing military service at the Southwest Proving Grounds in Hope, he refined a speaker …
StoryCorps is making its way to Hope care of the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site. The national oral history project will be there as part of the Centennial of the National Park Service, which is taking place this year across the country. The purpose of StoryCorps is to record stories across …
This is the centennial year of the National Park Service, NPS, and there have been celebrations and special events across the U.S. and throughout the year to honor the occasion. August stands out as it marks the month when U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the agency on August 25, 1916. Among …
Watermelon festivals are a summer tradition in Arkansas. This year signals the 35th anniversary event for the Cave City Watermelon Festival (Aug. 7-9), whose city tagline is ‘home of the world’s sweetest watermelons.’ In Hope during that same time frame ( Aug. 7-9) will be another chance to catch a watermelon celebration, this one honoring …
Summer is a chance to savor a sweet (and big) slice of watermelon. The state’s largest watermelons are celebrated each year at the Hope Watermelon Festival in Hope. The 37th annual event, set for August 8-10, includes ice-cold watermelons sold by the slice, watermelon weigh-ins, and watermelon eating and seed spitting contests. Watermelons have long …
This Saturday, May 11, Arkansas communities will join communities across America to celebrate the importance of trains to their town during the sixth annual National Train Day. Here is a quick roundup of the interesting options taking place around the state. In Little Rock, Mayor Mark Stodola will be on-site at the Amtrak Little Rock …