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Take Flight This Weekend – Sept. 6-8


It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a hot air balloon! You have several opportunities to take flight this weekend around Arkansas.  First up is the Hot Air Balloon State Championship in Harrison. It isn’t every day that you have the opportunity to ride in a Hot Air Balloon. Next up, Eagle Fest in Ash Flat will feature a festival and several fly-ins. Finally, you have the chance to be crowned as one of the best paper airplane pilots in the state and meet the world record holder at the Little Rock Paper Airplane Championship. Also up this weekend is the biggest county fair in Arkansas, which happens to be one of the top ten in the nation! Up, up, and away!

Hot Air Balloon Festival (Harrison)

The 24th Annual Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship is this weekend in the magnificent Ozark Mountains. This unique outdoor event that began in 1995 is held in beautiful downtown Harrison, Arkansas. The Festival will kick off on Friday evening at the Boone County Regional Airport! There will be a FREE concert, balloons tethered to the ground for the exciting Balloon Glow, and vendors. The event will continue on Saturday morning, with more balloon race competitions. The evening events will continue at the Anstaff Soccer Complex, where tethered rides will be offered to the public. In conjunction with the tethered rides, there will be a CASA Kids Fest, with inflatables, pony rides, music, face painting, food and fun for the family. The event will continue through Sunday. 

Venue: Harrison
Date: September 6-8
Time: Click Here For Event Schedule
Admission: Click Here for Activity Prices
Contact: Click Here

Bella Rustina Modern Vintage Market (Maumelle)

Bella Rustina will be in the Maumelle September 6-8 filling the former Maumelle Walmart Neighborhood Market building with 200+ booths of vintage, vintage-inspired and handmade décor!

Venue: 117 Audubon Drive
Date: September 6-8
Time: Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $8 Friday and Saturday, $5 Sunday
Contact: Click Here

The Goonies (Little Rock)

Head to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater this weekend for some movie nostalgia. From the imagination of Steven Spielberg, The Goonies plunges a band of small heroes into a swashbuckling surprise-around-every corner quest beyond their wildest dreams! The Goonies is a film that still delights the young and the young at heart. 

Venue: CALS Ron Robinson Theater
Date: September 6
Time: Doors open at 6
Admission: $5
Contact: Click Here

Ash Flat Eagle Fest

The 24th Annual Ash Flat Eagle Fest will take place this weekend from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It will be fun for the entire family! There will be live entertainment, craft & food vendors, air evac & survival flight fly-ins, bouncy house & rock wall for kids and more! 

Venue: 140 Nix Ridge Rd
Date: September 7
Time: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: (870) 994-7324

Southark Outdoor Expo (El Dorado)

Those who love the outdoors need to check out the 21st Annual SouthArk Outdoor Expo, hosted by the South Arkansas Community College Foundation. There will be contests such as the Hero 5K run/walk, rib cook-off, outdoor photo contest, car show contest and dog show contest with cash prizes for all contests. There will be live bands will be performing throughout the day. It will be a full day of hands-on activities and exhibits for outdoor enthusiasts, families, and children will take place.

Venue: 311 S West Ave
Date: September 7
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: 1 canned or packaged food item per person, which will be given to a local food pantry
Contact: (870) 864-7130

Photo Credit: Arkansas Parks and Tourism

27th Annual Antique Tractor and Small Engine Show  (Scott)

If you want to have some sputtering, rickety fun, then head the Agriculture Plantation Museum. This event is a treat for all ages and draws a large community of farmers, visitors and tractor owners displaying their tractors and hit-and-miss engines. Take your family and enjoy a day at the museum celebrating the history of agriculture.

Venue: 4815 AR Hwy 161 South
Date: September 7
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Photo Credit: Clinton School of Public Service

Little Rock Paper Airplane Championship  (Little Rock)

Test your paper airplane skills and meet World Record Holder John Collins at the Little Rock Paper Airplane Championship this Saturday at the Clinton School of Public Service. The Fourth Annual event includes competitions for distance and hang time, age divisions for children and adults and trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in all divisions. The event is a fundraiser for the Lymphomaniac Society, a Little Rock-based nonprofit organization that provides weekend trips to cancer survivors. You can still register to compete!

Venue: 1200 President Clinton Ave.
Date: September 7
Time: 10 a.m.
Admission: $25 to compete (registrations include ALL family member)
Contact: Click Here

White County Arkansas Fair
Photo courtesy of Al Fowler

White County Fair (Searcy)

The White County Fair has been an annual event for the last 80+ years. It is currently the largest county fair in Arkansas and in the top 10 in the U.S. Since 1935, the White County Fair has been a gathering place for families. The Fair has rides, food and fun activities for all ages. So make plans to head to Searcy this week and enjoy the exhibits, funnel cakes, animals, rides, entertainment, and more!

Venue: White County Fairgrounds
Date: September 9-14
Time: Click Here for Event Schedule
Admission: Varies
Contact: Click Here

1st Annual NW Arkansas Mess Fest (Fayetteville)

You can take your kids to the Mess Fest, and they can get messy with slime, foam and more in the meadow at Lokomotion. There will be vendors set up with a messy activity for kids (Think shaving cream painting, mud pie station, slime, water beads, dino dig with sand, etc.!)

Venue: Lokomotion Family Fun Park
Date: September 7
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here 

Header photo courtesy of Clinton School of Public Service.

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