Here are a few of the things going on in, or a short distance from the area.
1 Rodeo continues: The 85th annual Old Fort Days Futurity and Rodeo, which began on Memorial Day, Monday, will continue nightly through June 2 at Kay Rodgers Park (4400 Midland Boulevard) and Harper Stadium in Fort Smith. Since 1933, Fort Smith has been home to one of Arkansas’ most exciting rodeos, the Old Fort Days Rodeo. Each year cowboys from all over the world compete for one of largest prize purses in Arkansas. You’ll see some the rankest bulls and broncs in America. Events include saddle bronc riding, bull riding, bareback riding, calf roping, barrel racing, wild horse racing and steer wrestling. Bring the whole family and enjoy free entertainment on the Choctaw Casino stage and nightly performances by the Old Fort Days Dandies. Tickets can be purchased at http://oldfortdaysrodeo.com/index.php?page=tickets
2 Lum & Abner Festival: Friday and Saturday, be at Historic Janssen Park in downtown Mena, for the 41st Lum & Abner Festival. The family-frienly event will provide all the entertainment you need and want. Admission is free and the festival is open 10 a.m. until the last band finishes each day. Friday evening, enjoy music from Logan Lind, The Crumbs, and Smokey & The Mirror starting at 4 p.m on the Aleshire Electric Entertainment Stage. Saturday evening the music continues with Stella Dee & Company, Alaina Blake & Dylan Hawf, and National Park Radio starting at 4 p.m. on the Aleshire Electric Entertainment Stage. The festival fun includes: Arts and crafts, food vendors, live bluegr ass/folk music, car show, 5K, 3 on 3 tournament, quilt show, flying Frizbee Houndz trick dog show, outlaw gunfighters group, swifty swine pig swimming and racing, fishing drbies, trackless tain, zorbi balls, kids corner and a baby crawling contest Festival Presented by The Mena Advertising & Promotion Commission.
3 Stroll/Scavenger Hunt: On Saturday join a variety of re-enactors with the Fort Smith Museum of History for a “Downtown Stroll” at 11 a.m. and a “Scavenger Hunt” for children at noon. Meet historical Fort Smith characters and learn little known facts of Fort Smith history as well as meeting well-known legends from the city’s rich and colorful past. The tour is led by Judge and Mrs. Isaac C. Parker, portrayed by Floyd and Sue Robison. Meet General Benjamin Bonneville, portrayed by Marcus Woodward; Pretty Boy Floyd portrayed by Bill Rooth; U.S. Deputy Marshal in Parker’s court portrayed by Steve Raney; the first female teacher in Fort Smith Public Schools portrayed by Nancy Dunn Alhert; Eleanor Roosevelt portrayed by Virginia Wilhite and more. The downtown stroll and scavenger hunt is included with Fort Smith Museum admission of $7 for adults; $5 for veterans and military; $2for children; under age 6 are free.
4 Arkansas Big Bass Classic: The Arkansas Big Bass Classic, presented by Discover Russellville, will be held Saturday. You may enter yourself in the text system for this event by texting the word arkansas to the number 25827.Organizers will enter your number in the system but caution that some carriers block these type of messages, so by entering yourself this will prevent the chance of being blocked. The event will be held at Lake Dardanelle, and the weigh in site is Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802. Registration will be Thursday, 3 - 6 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops, 1 Bass Pro Dr, Little Rock, AR 72210 or Friday, 3-6 p.m. at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Friday’s registration is only for anglers who have not already entered/paid for the tournament. Anglers will be notified of the start time on the Friday before the tournament via text message and/or email. Start time (first cast) for each tournament will be safe light and set by the tournament director. You may launch and be on the water but you may not begin fishing until we notify you of first cast. Weigh in times are 8-9 a.m., 9-10 a.m., 10-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-12 p.m., 12-1 p.m., 1-2 p.m., and 2-3 p.m. There is a $36,000 guaranteed Overall Grand Prize of a2018 Nitro Z19 with a Mecury 150HP ProXS motor. There are $42,350.00 guaranteed total hourly paybacks.