July 19, 2018

This Weekend is Just Peachy

When fresh produce is in season in Arkansas, you better make a point to grab some because it is so good! This weekend you have the perfect opportunity to enjoy some fresh peaches at the Johnson County Peach Festival. There will also be unique entertainment for adult card players this weekend at the Youth Home’s 8th Annual Casino Night And Texas Hold’em Tournament. Check out the details below!

Photo Credit: Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

77th Annual Johnson County Peach Festival (Clarksville)

This festival has peaches, homemade crafts, a terrapin race, a bicycle obstacle course, a peach pit spitting contest, a peach eating contest, a fishing derby, a parade, a horseshoe pitching tournament and more. Plus, fresh Arkansas peaches are the best!

Venue: Johnson County Court House Square
Date: July 19 – July 22
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: 479-754-9152

Firefly Fling (Fayetteville)

One of Northwest Arkansas’ most anticipated midsummer events returns. The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks will transform into a magical world of imagination for the 2018 Firefly Fling. Local groups will have fun activities for children and adults including fairy house building, giant bubbles, nature stations and more. The garden will come alive with live music and after dark, there will be glowing games and fire dancing.

Venue: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
Date: July 21
Time: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Admission: Varies
Contact: Click Here

Photo Credit: Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Inspect An Insect Weekend (Little Rock)

Ninety-five percent of all living creatures are insects! Spend the weekend learning about the different types of insects in the park and have a chance to eat one! Contact the park for a detailed program schedule.

Venue: Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Date: July 21 – July 22
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: 501-868-5806

Youth Home’s 8th Annual Casino Night & Texas Hold’em Tournament

This legendary evening of games, food, and prizes will be a blast as players try to beat the house, break the bank and win big! The casino features Craps, Roulette, Blackjack, slot machines and more, all staffed by an experienced and knowledgeable dealer. When players are ready to cash out, they can trade their chips for raffle tickets and enter to win any of the dozens of fantastic prizes. Card players from all over Central Arkansas can try their luck in our Texas Hold’em Tournament and compete for thousands of dollars in prizes. Gameplay is fierce and pretournament add-ons and early round rebuys are available to keep the good times going.

Venue: Next Level Events
Date: July 21
Time: 3 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Admission: $50 Poker Admission; $40 Casino Admission
Contact: Click Here

Photo Credit: Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Junior Fishing Derby (Star City)

Parents can spend the morning relaxing while watching their junior anglers compete for the biggest stringer in this informal fishing derby. Bring your pole, bait, and fishing skills to the visitor center and they will lead the way to the special derby pond! Prizes will be awarded. This activity is for children 15 and under.

Venue: 50 State Park Road
Date: July 21
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: 870-628-4714

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Venue: Ace of Clubs House (420 Pine Street)
Date: July 21
Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission: Members $3; Kids 3 and under Free; Others $8
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Photo Credit: Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

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Venue: Plantation Agriculture Museum
Date: July 21
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Admission: $25
Contact: 501-961-1409

Festival In The Park (Blytheville)

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Venue: Walker Park
Date: July 21
Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: Free
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99th Annual Fulton County Fair And Livestock Show (Salem)

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Venue: Fulton County Fairgrounds
Date: July 23- July 28
Time: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Admission: $6 Teens and Adults, $4 Kids Age 6-12, Under 6 Free
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Venue: Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas
Date: July 23- July 27
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Header Photo Credit: Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

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