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Fall into Fun This Weekend

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Fall into some great fun this weekend in Arkansas. We have pumpkin festivals, homesteading conferences, and a shopping experience sure to tickle a junker’s heart. Enjoy some Shakespeare, a Cuban or El Salvadoran extravaganza, and everything the Ozark folk life has to offer.

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The Junk Ranch – Prairie Grove

The Junk Ranch is a semiannual barn sale, featuring 100+ vendors selling anything and everything you need to decorate your home in the “Modern Farmhouse” style that is taking over the decorating magazines and HGTV programming. In other words – If you like Fixer Upper, you’ll love The Junk Ranch. There are also handmade items, outdoor décor, rusty barn-fresh metal, bits and bobs to use in your own creative endeavors, and fine antiques. Music plays all day and food and beverages are available onsite. Parking is abundant in the pastures around the barn (Yes, there’s actually a barn!) but be sure to wear shoes you don’t mind getting dirty.
September 30, 2016 – October 1, 2016
Friday: Noon-7 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Junk Ranch
11195 Centerpoint Church Road
Prairie Grove, AR 72753
Admission: $10 Friday (Early Shopping Day) good for free re-entry on Saturday, $5 on Saturday, ages 12 & under free
www.thejunkranch.net

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Pumpkin Festival 2016 – Rover

McCool Farms will host our Fall Pumpkin Festival September 30, 2016 – October 01, 2016. There will be 90 vendors displaying their crafts, several acres of pick-your-own pumpkins, a large pick your own sunflower patch, and a petting zoo.  There will be a lot of activities for the kids, and those not so little kids. Everyone is welcome, and you don’t want to miss the hayride.
September 30 – October 1
Mccool Farms Pumpkin Patch
Rover, Arkansas 72860
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2nd Annual Art of the Heartland National Juried Painting Competition – Mena

The Art of the Heartland juried painting competition and exhibition is dedicated to bring back pride in America. This show features artists from all over the U.S. and beyond.
September 28, 2016 – November 2, 2016
Mena Art Gallery
607 Mena Street
Mena, AR 71953
Admission: Free
www.menaartgallery.org

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23rd Annual A Taste for Business – North Little Rock

Network with local businesses while sampling great-tasting food and drink from over 30 Chamber member restaurants and caterers. This annual food and beverage showcase has become one of the area’s leading business networking events with over 1,000 attendees. Non-food chamber member businesses will also be showcasing their business products, services, and attractions to attendees. Proceeds will support the Chamber’s educational programs, including Arkansas Scholars, Leadership Renaissance and Career Connect, as well as fund local scholarships in the community.
September 29, 2016, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Verizon Arena
1 Verizon Arena Way
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, special ticket offer 10 tickets for $125
www.nlrchamber.org

 
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2017 North Arkansas Homesteading Conference

Learn practical skills and useful information about small scale farming and sustainable living. Educational sessions on gardening methods, seed starting, beekeeping, solar energy, food preservation, fermenting foods, cheese making, grinding grains, folk remedies, herbs, milk cows, small farm livestock, and more.
September 30, 2016 – October 1, 2016, 11:00 a.m.
Sugar Hill Ranch
12503 Hwy 9 South
Mountain View, AR 72560
Admission: $5 adults, $3 youth, free ages 6 & under
www.arkansashomesteader.com

 

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Twelfth Night – Conway

Come one, come all! Inspired by carnivals of yesteryear, actors from the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre will arrive ready to dazzle and delight the audience with the tale of twins Viola and Sebastian, separated by a storm at sea. The shipwrecked siblings discover new places, meet new people, and explore new possibilities as they try to find their way back to one another. Feste is our ringleader, a magician who brings the play to life by enlisting the talents of his gifted and colorful troop of entertainers in this fast-paced, funny, and family-friendly production. With a performance that includes sword-fighting, dancing, and singing (and maybe a few audience members!), Twelfth Night has a little something spectacular for everyone. So, hurry, hurry, step right up!
September 30, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Lantern Theatre
1021 Van Ronkle Street
Conway, AR 72032
Admission: $15
www.arkshakes.com

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Una Noche Cubana – Jonesboro

This Cuban-themed party benefits the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum. The evening begins with a cocktail hour between 6-7 p.m., featuring Cuban cocktails and a cigar demonstration by Wade Berryhill of Orinoco Cigars. A Cuban dinner is served at 7 p.m. The evening’s guest is Mark Cirino, author of Hidden Hemingway.
September 30, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
A-State Pavilion
2600 Alumni Blvd.
Jonesboro, AR 72467
Admission: $75
870-598-3487

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Ozark Folklife Festival – St. Joe

The festival will highlight and promote the unique Ozark heritage of northwest Arkansas and provide recreational and educational opportunities for visitors of all ages from both urban and rural areas. In addition, the festival will take place in a natural setting on the banks of the Buffalo River at Tyler Bend, offering opportunities for outdoor recreation such as hiking, camping, and floating. The one-day festival will highlight traditional Ozark crafts, cooking, music, dance, and pioneer life skills such as blacksmithing, pottery, basketry, and soap making.
October 1, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tyler Bend, Buffalo National River Visitor Center
2322 Tyler Bend Road
St. Joe, AR 72675
Admission: Free
870-448-4870
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Hispanic Heritage Festival 2016

Northwest Arkansas Hispanic Heritage Festival

The 4th Annual NWA Hispanic Heritage Festival salutes the country of El Salvador this year on October 1st and 2nd at Mae Farm. Admission to the festival is FREE. Activities include a health fair, games, music, food, Zumba, a kid’s area, hay rides, a futbol tournament and much more.
October 1-2, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Mae Farm
4618 N. College Ave.
Fayetteville, AR
Admission: FREE
http://www.nwahispanicheritagefestival.com

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Arkansas vs. Alcorn State

The Razorbacks will look to pick up the program’s 150th win (149-60-4) at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock this weekend.
October 1, 2016, 11:00 a.m.
War Memorial Stadium
Little Rock, AR

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