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Weekends Were Made for Play – July 18-20, 2019


The remnants of Hurricane Barry have finally moved on, and we are starting to dry off. After a brief reprieve from the scorching summer heat, things will dry up and heat up again. But don’t let that slow you down! Arkansas summer weekends were made for play, and there is no shortage of fun this weekend.  If you have never been to the Johnson County Peach Festival or the World Championship Cardboard Boat Races, you should check them out! You might also want to check out the “Shock the Rock” with the World’s Largest Tesla Coil that is happening this weekend. 

Main Street Searcy

Main Street Searcy Backyard BBQ (Searcy)

Main Street Searcy knows how to put on a great summer event! Head to Searcy this weekend for BBQ, live music, games, a silent auction and more.  

Call 501-279-9007 to reserve your tickets.

Venue: Main Street Searcy
Date: July 19
Time: 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Tickets: $35 for adults and $10 for kids 12 & under
Contact: Click Here 

Photo Credit: Arkansas Parks & Tourism 

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, parade, a horseshoe pitching tournament and more. There will be free live music by Funk Factory, Trey Johnson & Jason Wilmon. There will also be a Johnson County Idol, street dance, lip sync contest, and a movie on the square PLUS so much more! Don’t miss this festival! 

Venue: Main Street Clarksville
Date: July 18-20
Time: Click Here for Schedule
Contact: Click Here 

World Championship Cardboard Boat Races (Heber Springs)

Head to Heber Springs this weekend and see the boats that racers have designed made entirely of cardboard. The theme for the 2019 World Championship Cardboard Boat Races is Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Race participants will stretch the limits of their ingenuity to design boats that represent their favorite mode of transportation that is not a boat. Whether the choice is Thomas the Train, a Fighter Pilot, a Model A Ford, a Conductor or the Spirit of St. Louis, these cardboard crafts and costumes are sure to be amazing. Along with boat races, there is plenty of additional fun planned for the day, with a treasure dig, watermelon-eating contest, and a volleyball tournament all on the agenda.  

Venue: Sandy Beach Park
Date: July 20
Time: 10 a.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here 

Shock the Rock with World’s Largest Tesla Coil (Little Rock) 

Witness the world’s largest Tesla Coil in action at “Shock the Rock!,” a Tesla-themed, free event that begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20, on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center. “Shock the Rock!” is powered by Entergy and presented by the Museum of Discovery. At “Shock the Rock!” Leyh’s latest world-record coil will be centered on the large concrete pad at the western edge of the Clinton Center grounds cordoned off from the crowd, ensuring zero danger from being on-site to watch the awesome power of 60-foot bolts of lightning. Pre-“Shock the Rock!” festivities will begin at 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center. Museum of Discovery educators will present electricity-related demonstrations and host hands-on, interactive activities with guests at the event from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.The 40-foot Tesla show will begin at 8:45 p.m. and will last 45 minutes. Food trucks will be on site, and beer and other beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Coolers and outside food or drink will not be permitted. The public is encouraged to bring ear protection. Museum of Discovery will also provide earplugs at no charge.

Venue: Clinton Presidential Center
Date: July 20
Time: 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Admission; Free
Contact: Click Here 

Photo Credit: Walmart AMP 

Chris Young- Raised on Country Tour (Rogers)

There are still tickets available to the Chris Young show this weekend and enjoy some live music in Rogers at the Walmart AMP. 

 Venue: Walmart AMP
Date: July 19
Time: Gates open at 6 p.m., Music starts at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Tickets Required, Prices Vary
Contact: Click Here 

Festival In The Park (Blytheville)

Activities at this festival include a talent show, music, food vendors, arts & crafts, business booths, a corn hole tournament, tug o’ war competition, waterslides, bouncy houses and more! The Taste of Blytheville will also be on the grounds offering samples of menu items from local restaurants.  

Venue: Walker Park
Date: July 20
Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

APOLLO 13 (1995, PG) (Little Rock)

The Arkansas Space Grant Consortium and the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society have sponsored a showing of Apollo 13 at the Cals Ron Robinson Theater this weekend! The doors open at 6 p.m. and the film will start at 7 p.m. 

Venue: CALS Ron Robinson Theater
Date: July 20
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission: $2
Contact: Click Here 

Music in the Park (Washington)

Enjoy an evening on the lawn of the 1874 Courthouse listening to live music from the past and present. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Williams’ Tavern Restaurant and gift shop will be open for all who wish to enjoy an evening meal or shop before the event.  

Venue: Historic Washington State Park
Date: July 20
Time: 7:30 p.m- 9 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here 

Header Photo Credit: Arkansas Parks & Tourism

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