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2020: The Oddest Year in Review


Congratulations! You made it through 2020, the most stressful year of our collective lives.

Regular readers of OnlyInArk.com know that we typically cover lots of events and other things to do in Arkansas on a weekly basis. In mid-March, covering events got rather tricky. We made the decision not to publish stories about restaurants and events where people could not keep the social distance requirements. We thought this was a temporary decision, but here we are, over nine months later, and we are still focused on Covid restrictions daily.

However, 2020 gave us a chance to focus on things we normally wouldn’t have time to cover when so many events are happening. We wrote about take-out restaurants, outdoor activities and adventures, Arkansas history, local businesses and native animals. And guess what? I think it was one of our best years to date.

Here’s a list of our most popular stories of 2020: the oddest year on record.

Cinnamon Roll


8 Great Cinnamon Rolls in Arkansas

8 Favorite Fried Catfish Spots Around Arkansas

Top 10 Taquerias in Little Rock

20 Arkansas Restaurants for Quick Day Trips

Top 10 Doughnut Shops in the Natural State

The Most-Missed Restaurants in Fayetteville

Favorite Sandwiches Around Arkansas

Chicken Tortilla Soup 2020


Chicken Tortilla Soup For The Soul

Farmer’s Casserole

Grape Salad Perfect for Summer

Cheddar Garlic Biscuits Using Pantry Staples

Perfect Pumpkin Cobbler

Beautiful Cookbooks by Arkansans to Gift this Christmas


Bruno the Bear 2020

Native Animals and a Fungus

Bruno the Bear’s Summer Tour

Arkansas Furbearing Rodents: Beaver, Nutria, Muskrat and Groundhog

Arkansas Coyotes

Where Have All the Bobwhite Gone?

Arkansas River Otters

Arkansas Frogs

Raining Ducklings: Arkansas Wood Ducks

Lightning Bugs in Arkansas

Arkansas Spiders

Skunks – Arkansas’s Stinkiest Residents

Wild Turkey in Arkansas

Finding the Elusive Morel Mushroom

Yurt airbnb

Things to Do in a Pandemic

20 Unique Arkansas Airbnbs: Boats, Yurts & Farms

Make.Do. Quarantine Craft Camp

9 Unique Cabins in Arkansas

13 Pontoon and House Boat Rentals in Arkansas

Arkansas Water Trails

Catching a Keeper: Lindsey’s Resort in Heber Springs

14 Socially Distant Summer Adventures in Arkansas

Summer Camp at Home in Arkansas

Rose Bud Off-Road Adventure Park

Walk this Way: Safety and Courtesy on Arkansas Roads

Johnny Cash

Famous Arkansans

From J.R. Cash to The Man in Black: Arkansan Johnny Cash

A Ball Player Named Sue

Glen Campbell: Natural State Talent

George Hamilton: Arkansas Roots

Bobby Bones – Native Arkansan

Arkansas Delta Blues Singers

roseate spoonbills

Some of My 2020 Favorites

Roseate Spoonbill and White-Faced Ibis Discovered in South Arkansas

National Votes for Women Trail in Arkansas

The Atkins Pickle Company

Out-of-Staters Quizzed on Arkansas Facts

Beyond World Wars: A New Season of Victory Gardens

Sam Pittman Turns Up the Arkansas Jukebox

Siblings Carry On Father’s Passion for Remedies

Arkansas and the St. Louis Cardinals

It’s Time to Pick Blueberries in Arkansas

Searcy Art Scene: Artistic Endeavors Abound

One story that was written pre-Covid needs to be revisited. Our 2020 Arkansas Bucket List should be retitled Post-Covid Bucket List. We will get there. I promise.

We hope you have found some joy in these tumultuous times. And even more, we hope 2021 brings health, happiness and prosperity for you and your friends and family. Thank you for reading.

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Kristi was born and raised in the Natural State and has lived most of her life in Searcy. She enjoys traveling with her husband and son. She loves reading and learning about a wide variety of topics, drinking pumpkin spice lattes and taking sewing classes. Otherwise, she is managing OnlyInArk.com, marketing and social media at First Security Bank.

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  1. Pam Click says:

    This is some great information about our home state. Gives me ideas!

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