Here are a few of the things going on in, or a short distance from, the county in the coming days.
1 Blessed Fest: Mark 209 will perform in concert at Veteran’s Park in Booneville for an event tabbed as Blessed Fest, which will get underway at 6 p.m., June 23. There will be free food and the event is a benefit for Sherry Stevens.
2 Blues Fest: Some of the many sonic shades of blues music are about to be explored and celebrated at comfortably loud levels during one annual event along the Arkansas River. The 28th annual Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Festival will feature numerous blues-based singers, musicians and songwriters June 22-23 at Harry E. Kelley Park, 121 Riverfront Drive, and the sounds and sights will form a fun, family friendly gathering, said Christine Ulrich, president for the festival. Scheduled to take the stage are Austin Calvillo, the Wanda Watson Band, Hadden Sayers and Frank’s Garage on June 22, and Gary Hutchison and Kirby Kelley, Eric Mathews Band, Victor Wainwright and the Train and BRaines Band on June 23. Kicking off this year’s festival will be a performance by John Calvin Brewer from 7-11 p.m. June 21 at Warren’s Rec Room, 1437 W. Newberry Road in Alma. This lead-off performance will be as rewarding for witnesses as the festival itself, said Dwight Hopkins, a festival board member and frequent concert attendee.
3 Touch A Truck: United Way of Fort Smith Area is holding its 3rd Annual Touch-A-Truck, a free child safety and wellness event, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Van Buren High School. In the case of inclement weather follow the United Way’s social media for any changes. This event provides kids of all ages with the opportunity to see, touch, and explore life-size vehicles and interact with community support leaders like police officers, fireman, construction workers, military personnel and many more. Vehicles you can expect to see include construction and farm equipment, safety and transportation vehicles, motorcycles, emergency vehicles, Air Evac Helicopter, military vehicles. The Army National Guard will provide an obstacle course and Crawford County Sheriff’s Department will have their SWAT vehicle. A few new participants for 2018, Crawford County Mounted Patrol, Arkansas State Police K9 Unit and Hiland Dairy. In addition to equipment and vehicles, local businesses will provide hotdogs, chips, drinks and popsicles. Touch-A-Truck is exclusively designed with children in mind; although, big kids enjoy the experience just as much.
4 Cops On Bulls: Cops On Bulls, a benefit for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, is set for Harper Stadium, located at 4400 Midland Boulevard, on June 23. Admission is $5 for 18 and over, free for those under 18. The schedule includes an exhibition at 9 a.m., barrel racing at 11 a.m., mutton busting at 5 p.m., and cops on bulls at 7 p.m. Also included are a big truck show, car show and bike show. The event sponsor is Arkansas Truck Center Towing and Recovery.
5 Comedy: Comedian Sinbad will appear at he Choctaw Casino and Resort, located at 3400 Choctaw Road in Pocola, Okla., at 8 p.m., June 23.