Festival is moving back to Courthouse Square

The 38th edition of Frontier Day will take place on the Courthouse Square in Paris Saturday and, coupled with other events taking place in the community, organizers are expecting a big crowd.

The event is moving back to Courthouse Square after six years at the Logan County Fairgrounds, located next to the Paris-Subiaco Municipal Airport.

“We got a lot of comments about the location from members of the community,” said Tonya Baumgartner, executive director of the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce, which stages the event. “The members of the community told us they wanted Frontier Day back on the square. So, we moved it.’

With the move back downtown, the festival’s footprint will increase. In the past, the festival was staged on two streets — Express and Main. This year, Elm Street on the eastern side of the Logan County Courthouse will be used.

The day begins with the annual parade starting at 9 a.m. Units wishing to participate are asked to line up at the AAM (formerly Cloyes Gear) parking lot at 8 a.m. The Grand Marshal for this year’s event is Larry Connelley. During the festival, Connelley will be passing out old photographs and post cards about Paris at the chamber of commerce booth.

Downtown events include entertainment at Eiffel Tower Park, arts and craft vendors, food vendors and the annual car show. Baumgartner said that 70 vendors have signed up. The car show drew 80 entries last year.

There will also be pumpkin patch, sponsored by CASA of the Tri-Peaks, and be a Kidz Zone featuring actvities for youngsters.

In addition to the events downtown, events will be held at the Logan County Museum and at the Coal Miners Museum and Memorial.

New attractions this year include The Lawbreakers and Peacemakers re-enactors from Fort Smith. They will perform shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Also new this year is Steven Weaver who will do chainsaw carving on the Logan County Courthouse lawn.

Baumgartner is expecting a crowd of about 4,000. The event drew 3,000 last year. The higher attendance is expected, in part, because there will be a volleyball tournament in Paris Saturday featuring 17 teams and the rodeo arena in Veterans Park will host a Little Britches Rodeo Saturday night.

Events downtown will conclude at 4 p.m.

At 5 p.m., the annual Miss Mount Magaizne Pageant will take place at the Paris Middle School Auditorium.