Here are a few of the things going on in, or a short distance from, Logan County in the coming days.
1 Children’s theatre: Community School of the Arts has announced the production of Annie JR, by its Children’s Theatre Company. You can join them May 4-5 for this heart-warming classic. Performances are held at the King Opera House in Van Buren. Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday. Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Tickets are available online at csafortsmith.org or by calling CSA at 479-434-2020. Purchase 10 or more tickets and save.
2 Steel horses: The fourth annual Steel Horse Rally will be held Friday and Saturday along Garrison Avenue in downtown Fort Smith and will include poker runs, the Steel Horse Rally Vendor Village and Old West-style re-enactments, information booths, the Birds of Prey Show and the Miss Steel Horse Rally Bikini Contest, as well as concerts by Bobaflex and Shallow Side. These activities and more will comprise one of the most unique, fun-filled fundraisers in the region, said Dennis Snow, president for the rally. This year’s rally will debut the Steel Horse Pro and Am Motorcycle Racing Shootout, which will begin at 8 p.m. Friday at Tri-State Speedway, 1705 W. Race Track Road in Pocola. This racing event will include officially sanctioned classes, ranging from children to adult professional contestants, Snow said. Representatives from the Fort Smith Museum of History will host a motorcycle show in conjunction with the Steel Horse Rally from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 320 Rogers Ave. The museum’s Burgers and Beer, a 21-and-older event, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 at the museum, which also will display its Motorcycle Memories exhibit.
3 Hot air balloons: Balloons over RussVegas returns to Russellville Friday and Saturday bringing 20 hot air balloons, helicopter rides, powered parachute flights and much more family fun. By popular demand the event has been moved back to the original location at the Russellville Soccer Complex, 901 Lock and Dam Road. Balloons over RussVegas has been one of Russellville’s most popular and well-received festivals since its beginning in 2013. The founder and organizer of the event, Rodney Williams, is originally from the Russellville area and now resides in Branson, Mo.. Williams owns and operates the hot air balloon ride business “Branson Balloon”. He has been flying balloons over 25 years and attends as well as organizes balloon festival all across the U.S. Balloons over RussVegas offers the public an opportunity to fly over Russellville in a hot air balloon, powered parachute, or helicopter. For those less adventurous, tethered balloon rides are the perfect way to experience the thrill. There is no charge to attend. Tethered balloon rides and the balloon glows take place Friday and Saturday evenings.
4 Free concert: Shenandoah will perform a free concert at Gilley’s inside the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Pocola, Okla. at 10 p.m. on Friday. Shenandoah has released nine studio albums, of which two have been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The band has also charted 26 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the Number One hits “The Church on Cumberland Road,” “Sunday in the South” and “Two Dozen Roses” from 1989, “Next to You, Next to Me” from 1990, and “If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)” from 1994. The late 1994-early 1995 single “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart,” which featured guest vocals from Alison Krauss, won both artists a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.” The show is brought to you by Table Games and attendees must be at leaste 21.