You’re going to see some new things when the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce stages the annual Frontier Day event in early October.
The event will take place at the Logan County Fairgrounds in Paris and on Courthouse Square on Saturday, Oct. 4.
This year, the hours for events at the fairgrounds have been extended until 7 p.m. In years past, events closed down when the annual Frontier Day Pageant started. The pageant will take place at Paris Middle School at 5 p.m.
"We’ve extended hours so that people can bring lawn chairs and blankets, have a meal and spend time listening to music," said PACC Executive Director Tonya Baumgartner.
Another change is activities. The hay bale toss, log sawing and nail driving contests are being discarded in favor of family-oriented games and contests, Baumgartner said. The turtle race event will be continued, she said. Baumgartner said organizers are looking at having a pie-in-the-face event for local political candidates this year.
This year’s event will also include a pumpkin patch. The event will be sponsored by CASA of the Tri-Peaks, an organization that provides services to children who have been abused or neglected.
"We’ll have 100 free pumpkins for children to decorate and take home with them," Baumgartner said. "We’re getting the pumpkins from local farmers."
Also new this year is a coloring contest for kids. You can pick up pages to be colored at the PACC office at 301 West Walnut during regular business hours. Kids can color them and then bring them to the festival for a free ice cream cone courtesy of Dari Delite in Paris.
Baumgartner also said three videos about Paris will be shown during the event.
"The videos are about the Battle of Haguewood Prairie, Ghosts of Paris Past and the This is Arkansas segment about Paris," she said. "Also, there have been some upgrades made to the monument about the battle at the entrance to the airport. They’ll be dedicated at a 10 a.m. ceremony."
Entries are now being accepted to the Frontier Day Pageant. The event is open to girls from birth to 18. They’ll be grouped into seven categories based on age. The deadline for entries is Friday, Sept. 19. Applications are available at the PACC office or you can contact the pageant coordinator Amy Trusty by calling 438-0747. The pageant also has a Facebook page.
The annual car show will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Courthouse Square. The event’s parade will take place at 9 a.m.