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Hot Rods and Chuck Wagons This Weekend!


Check out the displays of horsepower this weekend at a hot rod run or the chuck wagon races. Christian music festivals, Broadway musicals, or a day at the fair will entertain the whole family. Or explore the history of Major League Baseball’s connection to the Spa City. Summer may be winding down but the fun isn’t.

Amplify Christian Music Festival

Amplify Christian Music Festival – Benton

Amplify Christian Music Festival is held on the property of Holland Chapel Baptist Church in Benton, AR. The festival venue is easily accessible from Interstate 30, located on the south service road, next to the Saline County Fairgrounds and the Bernard Holland Baseball Park. The two day event will be held on a 20 acre grass field. As always in August it is going to be hot, so feel free to bring mist spray bottles and anything else to keep you cool. Multiple food and drink vendors will be on site throughout the event. We have a large variety of food and drink vendors at Amplify Christian Music Festival. Some vendors will accept debit or credit. All vendors will accept cash.
Friday, August 26 – Saturday, August 27
Holland Chapel Baptist Church
Benton, AR 72015
Admission: Free

41st Annual Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run

41st Annual Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run – Mena

Come to downtown Mena and see more than 200 classic and antique cars and trucks. Enjoy the Friday night Show & Shine from 6-9 p.m. on Sherwood Avenue. Or the Saturday night Street Dance with live entertainment from 7-10 p.m. on South Mena Street. Concessions are available both nights.
August 26, 2016 – August 27, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Downtown Mena
Admission: Free

The Wiz

The Wiz – Little Rock

The super soul musical is a glorious retelling of Frank Baum’s “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” set in the context of African-American culture. With an infectious funky score and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, The Wiz brought renewed relevance to a timeless classic. The 1975 production was like nothing Broadway had ever seen, and ultimately won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score.
August 26, 2016 – August 27, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Albert Pike Mosaic Temple
Little Rock, AR 72201
Admission: $8 children, $12 adults

National Championship Chuckwagon Races

National Championship Chuck Wagon Races – Clinton

Experience the chuck wagon races, snowy river race, bronc fanning, concerts, western trade show, non-denominational church services, trail rides, ranch rodeo, camp cook-off, bull riding, and camping.
August 27, 2016 – September 4, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Bar of Ranch
Admission: $30 adults, $15 children
Website: www.chuckwagonraces.com

73rd Annual White River Water Carnival

73rd Annual White River Water Carnival- Batesville

The annual White River Water Carnival is a family-friendly event that features carnival rides, vendors, live entertainment, and more.
August 27, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Riverside Park
Batesville, AR 72501
Admission: Free
Phone: 870-793-2378

Hickory Hill Park Gospel Music

Hickory Hill Park Gospel Music – Hot Springs

Concert featuring down-home southern gospel music, bluegrass gospel, and plenty of old time country gospel in an outdoor amphitheater nestled in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Sodas and snacks are available at Buddy’s Barnyard Cafe.
August 27, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Outdoor Amphitheater
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Admission: Free
Website: www.hawkinsfamilyministries.com


Arkansas’s Homerun: Major League Training in Hot Springs – Little Rock

The Arkansas State Archives hosts a half-day symposium with the theme, “Arkansas’s Homerun: Major League Training in Hot Springs,” featuring the screening of Larry Foley’s documentary, “The First Boys of Spring,” and a presentation by Don Duren, who will be speaking about his book, “Boiling Out at the Springs: A History of Major League Baseball Training at Hot Springs, Arkansas.” Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on August 27.
August 27, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Historic Arkansas Museum
Little Rock, AR 72201
Admission: Free

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