Arkansas Industry Insider Newsletter

Registration Open for AFEA Conference

The Arkansas Festivals and Events annual conference and tradeshow is scheduled for March 14-16 at Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas in Rogers. 
The Arkansans Love Festivals and Events (ALFiEs) will be awarded at a banquet March 15. These recognize outstanding examples of the quality, creativity and achievement in Arkansas’s festivals and events industry. Categories include:

·       Best New Festival or Event

·       Outstanding New Idea 

·       Volunteer of the Year

·       Festival of the Year

·       Event of the Year

Register today at For questions, email


Petitions Circulate to Turn Two Counties “Wet”

Petition drives are underway in Benton and Madison counties to put liquor initiatives on the November general election ballot.  

A group called Keep Dollars in Benton County announced it will try and collect the 40,000 signatures needed. Becoming a wet county would allow package liquor stores to operate within Benton County and would allow for-profit restaurants to seek licenses to serve alcoholic beverages.

A Kingston man is also collecting signatures for a ballot issue on whether to allow packaged alcoholic beverage sales in Madison County, where alcohol sales in any form are prohibited.

Many more counties, including Benton County, don’t have packaged sales but allow alcohol to be served by the drink at private clubs.

In November 2010, voters in Boone and Clark counties chose to allow the sale and manufacture of alcoholic beverages, making 35 of Arkansas’s 75 counties wet.

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