The Paris Area Chamber of Commerce and a committee headed by Dr. Curtis Varnell of Paris are planning two special events on successive weekends in October.
The first is the 34th annual Frontier Day, the annual October festival celebrating the area’s heritage. It will take place Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Logan County Fairgrounds, located adjacent to the Paris-Subiaco Municipal Airport.
The second event is Saturday, Oct. 12 when a documentary about Paris and another about a Civil War battle fought near Paris will be shown to the public for the first time. The two documentaries will be shown beginning at 7 p.m. at the Paris Middle School Auditorium.
Along with the usual Frontier Day events, this year’s celebration will include a mock Civil War battle, recreating the Battle of Haguewood Prairie. It will be staged near the Paris-Subiaco Municipal Airport at 2 p.m. on Oct. 5. Prior to that, a plaque and monument marking the Civil War battle will be dedicated. Civil War-era cannons and muskets will also be available for inspection and will be fired in a demonstration prior to the battle re-enactment.
Frontier Day will also include a parade this year. The parade will take place at 9 a.m. and units will march down Walnut Street from the Cloyes Gear and Products, Inc. plant to Fifth Street.
While most activities will take place at the fairgrounds, a car show will he held on the Courthouse Square and the annual Miss Mount Magazine Pageant will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Paris Middle School Auditorium.
The first of the documentaries to be shown on Oct. 12 is entitled This is Arkansas: Paris. Ray Bertram of Blind Man’s Bluff Productions filmed the documentary earlier this year in Paris. He’s hoping to interest the Arkansas Educational Television Network in broadcasting a series entitled This Is Arkansas. Portions of the documentary are now available for viewing on You Tube. The entire documentary will be posted on You Tube after the premier.
The second documentary to be shown is about the Battle of Haguewood Prairie. It was also shot earlier this year in Paris. More than 60 students from several area schools took part in the filming. It is possible the battle documentary will be shown at Subiaco Academy, according to Linda Hixson, executive director of the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce.
There is no charge for admission to the showings, however, those attending will have to have tickets in order to view the documentaries seated. The Paris Middle School auditorium seats 500, Hixson said. Plans to distribute the tickets have not been finalized, Hixson said, and will be announced later.
Hixson added that those who don’t get tickets will be allowed inside the auditorium but will likely have to stand.