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This Weekend in the River Valley, September 8-10

Cheree Miller
Feb 7 18 minutes read

Fishing, star-gazing, antique cars, motocross, motorcycles, festivals and symphonies... you can find it all in Arkansas! This weekend some of our State Parks are also helping to keep Arkansas Clean, and inviting you to help. This is just a sample of the many activities to keep you and your family entertained this weekend.

Tri-County Fair

Continues Friday & Saturday, September 8-9, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.
Tri-County Fair Grounds, Marvell, AR

The 2017 Tri-County Fair for Phillips, Leer and Monroe Counties includes live music, carnival rides, demolition derby, arts & crafts, beauty pageants, talent shows, live animals and more. Bring the whole family!

Dallas County Fair

Continues Friday & Saturday, September 8-9, 2017
City Hall Center, 101 S. Main St., Fordyce, AR

Bring the whole family for arts and crafts, games, food vendors, live music -- and this year, a carnival!!!

12th Annual Hot Springs Open Motorcycle Rally

Continues Friday & Saturday, September 8-9, 2017
Hot Springs Convention Center, 134 Convention Blvd, Hot Springs, AR

An event by Wild Boar Promotions, Inc., The Hot Springs Rally is the largest motorcycle rally held annually in central Arkansas. This 3 day rally includes vendors, two poker runs with a chance to win $2,000, bike show, field events and bike games, a parade through historic downtown Hot Springs, and plenty of nationally known entertainment. Friday night's musical guest is singer/songwriter and TV personality from North Carolina, Kellie Pickler! Saturday night, enjoy the classic music of legendary music icons, Three Dog NightThe Vendor Mall is open Friday and Saturday. Admission is included with your Weekend Rally Pass, Day Pass or just $5.00 at the door.  To participate in the Poker Runs you must have either All Access or Rally Pass only. The streets are lined with spectators wanting to catch a glimpse of the great motorcycles, not to mention the riders dressed up in who knows what. In order to ride in the parade. Bike Show Saturday's Bike show features all makes and models, both stock and custom. The bike show is broken down into several classes so there is a class for any motorcycle you want to enter from Radical Custom to Rat Bikes. The show is open to the general public however you must be registered for the rally in order to enter. Each year with the help of the Hot Springs Police Department and the Hot Springs Fire Department we salute America's Military.

Amity Trade Days

Continues Friday thru Sunday, September 8-10, 2017
843 S. Mountain Rd, Amity, AR

A huge outdoor market sitting on 54-acres at an old lumber mill.You can shop rain or shine in huge open air buildings. Vendors gather to sell wares each month and you can find styles that range from antiques to boutiques, chic to shabby, ragtag to regal all for the picker, weekend warrior, or serious collector. Enjoy live music and food trucks here too.

Folk Dance Days

Friday and Saturday, September 8 & 9, 2017 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Ozark Folk Center State Park Administration Building, Mountain View, AR 72560

This event features three days of workshops for people of all ages that focus on traditional dance styles such as clogging, jig, dancing, and contra dances.  Dance troupes, instructors, and bands converge on the Ozark Folk Center State Park for an intense weekend of fun.

48th Annual Ham Fest

Friday and Saturday, September 8 & 9, 2017 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena, AR

The annual Ham Fest here at Queen Wilhelmina State Park is hog heaven for amateur radio enthusiasts. Come enjoy the beauty of Rich Mountain with family and friends. Forty eight years ago a number of guys on 75 meters decided to come to this place to do just that.  Y’all come enjoy the mountain,  fellowship, and let’s get acquainted.  Just 13 miles west of Mena, Arkansas, on Hwy 88, Queen Wilhelmina State Park sits at an elevation of 2500 ft on Rich Mt. Plenty of flea market area provided inside or outside the two tents. Checkout Friday’s Cookout Menu here, and Saturday’s Banquet menu here. Tickets for both will be available at the lodge front desk during the hamfest. Whether you are a novice or an expert you can find what you’re looking for. 

Kayak And Dinner Cruise

Friday, September 8, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Village Creek State Park, Lake Dunn Boat Dock, Wynne, AR

Admission: $20 per person, $30 per couple

Enjoy a relaxing kayak tour of Lake Dunn. We will have dinner on the shore of the lake and finish the night with star gazing. Space is limited, so reservations are required. 

Colt Pioneer Days

Friday and Saturday, September 8 & 9, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
William Stone House,  20 Old Military Road East, Colt, AR

Lots of gospel singing with arts & crafts booths and historic displays. Explore the historic William Stone House and Colt’s first Post Office. The Snack Shack serves all sorts of delicious food and refreshments. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, sit back, and relax.

Pig Trail Gravel Grinder

Friday thru Sunday, September 8 -10, 2017
Mulberry Mountain, 4117 Mulberry Mountain Loop, Ozark, AR

The Pig Trail Gravel Grinder at Mulberry Mountain is an exhilarating cycling festival featuring challenging gravel road rides in the Ozark National Forest along with camping, live music performances, vendors, fun outdoor activities, great food and more! Join us for an extreme cycling experience!

Ash Flat Eagle Fest

Friday, September 8, 2017 from 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Ash Flat Ball Park, 140 Nix Ridge Rd, Ash Flat, AR

Enjoy a fun day in the park with a street dance Friday night. Concession stands, and crafts. Saturday enjoy games for the kids and a car show.

Tired Iron Of The Ozarks 26th Annual Fall Show

Friday, September 8 thru Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tired Iron Showgrounds, 13344 Taylor Orchard Rd, Gentry, AR 

Tired Iron Tractor and Engine Shows feature antique tractors and engines. Shows include exhibitions of old-time saw-milling and blacksmith work, operating hit and miss engines, and home and business related antiques.

22nd Arkansas State Hot Air Balloon Championship Races 

And CASA Kids Fest

Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Harrison City Park Soccer Complex, 1400 S. Pine St, Harrison, AR

This unique outdoor event that began in 1995 is held in beautiful downtown Harrison, kicks off on Friday evening with The Hare and the Hound Balloon Race. Evening events continue with balloons tethered to the ground for the exciting balloon glow. Tethered rides offered to the public for $5.00. In conjunction with the tethered rides, CASA Kids Fest, has inflatables, pony rides, music, face painting, food and fun for the family.

Cool Water Music Fest

Friday, September 8 & Saturday, September 9, 2017
11662 Highway 59, Gravette, AR

2 days, 2 stages, 15+ artists! A lineup of the very best talent available in the Country Red Dirt genre, as well as many other day time activities, food, and fun for everyone! Primitive camping, swimming, sponsor tents, a bar and more will make this a unique experience to the Northwest Arkansas area. Bring your family, friends, and lawn chairs!

Searching For The Seventies/ RAM's Annual Gala

Friday, September 8 thru Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, 1601 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR 

Images of everyday life in 1970s America: disco dancing and inflation, protests and bell-bottoms, gas shortages and suburban sprawl. At a time when the war in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal wore on the national psyche, a burgeoning movement to protect our natural environment was gaining force. In 1971, the newly established U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched the DOCUMERICA Photography Project with the goal of documenting environmental troubles and triumphs across the country. About 70 photographers, including Flip Schulke, John Corn, Danny Lyon, John H. White, and Lyntha Scott Eiler completed 115 separate assignments between 1972 and 1977. What emerged was a moving and textured portrait of America. Capturing a rapidly changing society with surprising resonances to the present, Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project presents a sampling of images culled from a trove of thousands. General admission is always free. Closing reception will be held in conjunction with RAM’s Annual Fundraising Gala, which has an admission price. 

2nd Saturday Family Fun Day

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St, Pine Bluff, AR

Hands-on arts and science activities every second Saturday. This week's project is movie making. Learn the elements of a story, technology for movies and actually create a mini-movie!

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Village Creek State Park Visitor Center, Wynne, AR

Help protect our valuable resources with a morning of park beautification and litter removal. Check in at the visitor center to get supplies, an area to work, and a free t-shirt (limited supply). Lunch will be provided to volunteers after the cleanup.

Lee Creek Clean-Up

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork, AR

Join area groups and individuals as we clean up Lee Creek. Cleaner water means a cleaner park for everyone to enjoy. Come and help!

48th Annual Greers Ferry Lake & Little Red River Cleanup

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Lacey's Narrows Marina, 7674 Edgemont Rd, Greers Ferry, AR

Lake and river lovers join us for the 48th Annual Greers Ferry Lake & Little Red River Cleanup at area marinas and designated places around the lake. Then enjoy the festivities, at 11 a.m. at Lacey's Narrows Marina with a picnic lunch, and fresh squeezed homemade lemonade, face painting, bean bag toss, and musical entertainment. Must volunteer for lake cleanup and receive an issued ticket for free dinner.

Guided Tour Of Mound Lake

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park Visitor Center, Scott, AR

Admission: $7.50 adult, $5 kids ages 6-12, under 6 free

Join a park interpreter at the park visitor center for an introduction to canoing and kayaking. Following the class, explore Mound Lake which was used by the Plum Bayou Culture over 1,000 years ago. Learn how Native Americans used the plants and animals that make Mound Lake their home. No prior canoing or kayaking experience is necessary. Canoes, kayaks, life vests, and paddles are provided. Families are welcome. Reservations are required, as space is limited.

Kids Day At The Farmers Market

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
City Park, 110 W. University Street. Siloam Springs, AR

Join us for free activities for the kids like a bounce castle, craft with the Benton County Master Gardeners, and an interactive historic activity with the Siloam Springs Museum.

Mountain Man Rendezvous

Friday, September 8, 8:00 am thru Saturday, September 9, 5:00 pm
Rand Park Highway 56 & Park St, Calico Rock, AR 

The Calico Rock Museum and Visitor Center hosts its annual Calico Rock Mountain Man Rendezvous. During the two-day event, Rand City Park is filled with authentic tents, and re-enactors in period dress performing vintage demonstrations. The rendezvous includes a Trail of Trees, Beyond the Circle Native American dancers, the Man in the Dugout Canoe demonstrations, knife and tomahawk throws, Mountain Man and Mountain Mama competitions, trapping and pelt demonstrations, chuck wagon, spinning, broom making, stew competition, authentic vendors, and period bow making. In addition, Arkansas-based Daisy Air Guns donated a BB gun inscribed to be raffled. The Calico Rock Mountain Man Rendezvous is sanctioned by the Early Arkansaw Re-enactors Association.

47th Annual Eureka Springs Antique Automobile Festival

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Great Passion Play, 935 Passion Play Rd, Eureka Springs, AR

From Model T cars to T-Birds, see hundreds of cars on display. This event, in its first year at a new larger venue, includes vendors, live music, awards presented by a new professional judging panel, and a parade through historic downtown, featuring the popular Great Bank Robbery re-enactment.  Awards presented Saturday afternoon. Car registration fee: $25.

Lavaca Arts & Crafts Festival

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lavaca City Park, 808 W. Main St, Lavaca, AR

Hand and homemade arts & crafts, home canned goods, play areas for children, food booths, restrooms. Contact for booth rental.

SouthArk Outdoor Expo

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
El Dorado Conference Center/South Arkansas Community College
311 S. West Ave, El Dorado, AR

Admission: 1 canned or packaged food item per person

Winner: “2016 First Runner-up for Best Festival by Arkansas Festival and Events.” Those who love the outdoors are summoned to the 19th Annual SouthArk Outdoor Expo, hosted by the South Arkansas Community College Foundation at the El Dorado Conference Center. Contests include the Hero 5K run/walk, rib cook-off, outdoor photo contest, car show contest with cash prizes for all contests. Live bands will be performing throughout the day. A full day of hands-on activities and exhibits for outdoor enthusiasts, families and children will take place. Admission is 1 canned or packaged food item per person, which will be given to a local food pantry. Contact Cynthia Reyna at (870) 864-7106 or [email protected] for information about booth space for vendors and exhibitors.

Star Party

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Pinnacle Mountain State Park Visitor Center, Little Rock, AR

Join amateur astronomers at the visitor center for an evening with the stars and other celestial phenomena. As twilight settles in, the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society will provide telescopes for viewing objects in the night sky. If cloudy skies prevent observation, an indoor program on astronomy will be presented at 8 p.m.

40th Ozark Quilt Fair

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, 118 W. Johnson Ave, Springdale, 

Quilters and quilt lovers will display antique and contemporary quilts on the museum grounds. Music by Greenland Station and a special quilt display inside the museum by the Dogwood Quilters Guild. Sponsored by Arvest Bank

15th Annual Rods & Ribs Car Show

Saturday, September 9, 2017
300 West Commercial St, Ozark, AR

Car enthusiasts enjoy this yearly event that features great food, entertainment, door prizes, trophies and hot rods.

Times And Traditions Festival-TNT

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
City Park, Newark, AR

Admission: $5, kids four and under free

Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with a parade through town. At 11 a.m., the event will move to Newark Park with games, food and craft vendors as well as live entertainment from a variety of musical acts, and special musical guest Denny Strickland! The festival will conclude with fireworks at 10:30 p.m.

TinkerFest 2017

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 South Main St, Pine Bluff, AR

The Arts & Science Center invites you to ASC’s TinkerFest 2017. This year's TinkerFest theme encourages a healthy lifestyle by approaching the topic of cycling from a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) perspective. Thanks to an anonymous donor, there will be a bike giveaway in memory of Tony Carruth, White Hall resident and owner of Tony’s Radical Sportz Bike Shop.

20th Annual Garth Shaddox Fishing Derby

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9:00 am
Lake Harrison, Harrison, AR

Prizes awarded for catching the most fish and biggest fish, as well as prize drawings held throughout the day. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission restocked a section of the lake with 250 pounds of catfish just for our anglers, making the chances of catching a fish very likely! Any person of any age with a developmental disability is welcome to attend.

Motosports Rodeo

Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Harrison Rodeo Arena, Harrison, AR

Admission: $5, free ages 5 and under

Motorsports rodeo for kids and adults. Classes are determined by engine size, age and/or number of entries.

Deputy Sonny Smith Memorial Buddy Bass Tournament

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Spadra Boat Dock (East Ramp), 800 Marina Dr, Clarksville, AR

Admission: $60 per boat

All proceeds donated to the Deputy Sonny Smith Memorial Foundation to create scholarships for area seniors who wish to pursue a career in law enforcement or a public service related profession. 60% payback for top 3 places 100% payback on big bass 100% payback on trash fish.

An Evening With Jeremy Denk

Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ArcBest Corporation Performing Arts Center, 55 S. 7th St, Fort Smith, AR

Admission: Adults $45-$40, Students $17-$22

The Fort Smith Symphony presents the season opener, Jeremy Denk, one of the most prominent pianists. His performance is Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, op. 47 in D minor Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, op. 73 in Eb major.

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