August 10, 2017

Natural State Weekend Fun

Visit your local farmer’s markets and shop a 160-mile yard sale! Get your fill of watermelons. Celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse or bask in the nightly glow of a meteor shower. And there’s still more to do this weekend – Only in Arkansas.

National Farmers Market Week

Let’s celebrate and support all of the local farmer’s markets across The Natural State. National Farmers Market Week was started by The Farmers Market Coalition. The mission of FMC is “to strengthen farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities.”
August 6–12, 2017
Across our great state!
www.arkansasgrown.org

18th Annual Bargains Galore on 64

Annual 3-day yard sale event featuring antiques and collectibles and other great buys along Hwy 64, which closely parallels I-40, provides easy access to motels, restaurants and other tourist services. Set up any place along 64 with property/business owner permission. Check out our article for more on Bargains Galore on 64.
August 10, 2017 – August 12, 2017
160 miles from Fort Smith to Beebe
Admission: Free
www.bargainsgaloreon64.org

Mooned By the Sun – Hot Springs

Mid-America Science Society presents Mooned by the Sun celebrating the upcoming total solar eclipse! Adults age 21 and older are invited to enjoy hands-on science experiments, adult beverages from Tri-Lakes Liquor, and great food while learning about astronomy and eclipses! There will be special eclipse shows in the Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater and other fun science happening throughout the evening!
August 10, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm
Mid-America Science Museum
500 Mid America Blvd
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
Admission: $5 – This event is for 21 and older ONLY. The museum also accepts donations for food and drinks.
www.midamericamuseum.org

41st Annual Hope Watermelon Festival

This annual event celebrates Hope’s most famous agricultural product. Hope is the home of the world’s largest watermelons with three Guinness World Records. Festival features arts & crafts, watermelon eating contest, seed spitting, 5K, giant melon auction, kids’ activities, and ice-cold Hope Watermelon by the slice. $5 parking.
August 10, 2017 – August 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fair Park
800 South Mockingbird
Hope, AR 71801
Admission: Free
hopemelonfest.com

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18th Annual Mack’s Prairie Wings Fall Festival – Stuttgart

Sales in every department all weekend long! The schedule of activities is packed! Saturday’s activities include a Winchester 5-stand shooting, the Avery’s Team water dog seminar, Top Dog hot dog eating contest, Duck Commander duck calling seminar, Tommy Browning exhibition shooting, Kyle Bush’s Interstate batteries #18 Race Car on site, World’s Cut Down Classic Duck Calling Contest hosted by RNT, Youth Air Rifle Shooting, Youth Bow Shooting, youth jump zone, youth t-shirt painting, face painting, rock climbing wall and steals and deals all throughout the store. Sunday’s events feature exhibition shooting, youth bow and rifle shooting and kid’s activities thru the afternoon. For more information stay tuned!
August 10, 2017 – August 13, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Mack’s Prairie Wings
2335 Highway 63 North
Stuttgart, AR 72160
Admission: Free
www.mackspw.com

Meteor Shower Mania Cruise – Little Rock

View shooting stars from the middle of Lake Maumelle! Join a park interpreter on this guided cruise to learn about stars and constellations then watch a slice of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Advance payment and registration required.
August 11, 2017, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Jolly Rogers Marina
Little Rock, AR 72223
Admission: $15 adults, $8 children ages 6-12
Phone: 501-868-5806

Old Time Fiddle Weekend – Mountain View

A weekend filled with fiddlin around at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. Wither you are a musician or love to listen to Old Time or Contemporary Fiddle this is the weekend for you.
August 11, 2017 – August 12, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ozark Folk Center State Park
Administration Building
Mountain View, AR 72560
www.ozarkfolkcenter.com

**Header Image Courtesy of Arkansas Parks and Tourism

Jeanetta Darley

Arkansas Women Blogger member Jeanetta Darley is an artist, blogger, and sometimes homesteader. A native Arkansan, she creates art and writes about the day to day victories & failures with family, farming, gardening, cooking & life in general at www.jeanettadarley.com.

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