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Memorial Day Weekend Planner – May 26 – 29, 2016


We have dinosaurs, mustangs, and Gladys Knight! Get out and pick some berries, have tea with the Queen, and relax with yoga in the Ozarks this Memorial Day Weekend.

25th Annual Dinofest

25th Annual Dinofest

Making Trax 5K Glow Run on Friday night. On Saturday, ASA sanctioned softball tournament, bounce houses, dino dig, and kids activities.
Friday, May 27, 2016 – Saturday, May 28, 2016
Nashville City Park
1301 W Johnson St.
Nashville, AR 71852
Admission: Free


Gladys Knight at Oaklawn’s Finish Line Theater

The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. Very few singers over the last fifty years have matched her unassailable artistry. This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance.
Friday, May 27, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Oaklawn Racing and Gaming
2705 Central Ave
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Admission: $50-$65

Queen's Tea

Queen’s Tea

In celebration of Western Heritage Month the Museum hosts a Queen’s Tea for current and former dandies and rodeo queens. Meet the lovely ladies who have contributed their talent to the success of the Old Fort Days Rodeo in Fort Smith. Eddie Dunn presents a program demonstrating the proper way to measure and fit a saddle. For many years, the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce sponsored the contest for Rodeo Queen. The winners were chosen for their ability to sell Chuckwagon tickets with the first queen, Margaret Carolan, crowned in 1937. Many local ladies have fond memories of Rodeo Queen and Sweetheart contests. Since 1977, each evening during the Old Fort Days Rodeo, crowds cheer with pride at the appearance of the dandies, young ladies skilled in horsemanship leading the legendary Grand Entry. As ambassadors for the Old Fort Days Rodeo, the horsewomen are chosen for their riding skill, character and personality. A quadrille performed each evening during the rodeo demonstrates the remarkable skill of the dandies, acquired through rigorous training. Organized as a promotional group, the talented young ladies lead the Grand Entry, post the colors, perform the quadrille, a square dance on horseback, and travel throughout the year to appear at rodeos nationwide.
Friday, May 27, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fort Smith Museum of History
320 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Admission: Free with museum admission: $7 adults, $2 children, under age 6 are free

Berry Picking on Wye Mountain

Berry Picking on Wye Mountain

Come enjoy a morning at the farm picking fresh fruit for jams, jellies, cakes, pies, and eating. Over 6 acres of berries begin ripening in May and continue into July. The farm opens Monday-Saturday at 7 a.m. during the picking season. Buckets with liners are provided and berries are sold by the container.
Saturday, May 28, 2016 – Saturday, July 30, 2016, 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
U-Pick Berry Farm
20309 Hwy 113
Wye, AR 72135
Admission: Free

Mountain Harbor's Annual Blessing of the Fleet

Mountain Harbor’s Annual Blessing of the Fleet

In a partnership with the Joplin United Methodist Church, Mountain Harbor Resort and the Joplin Volunteer Fire Department Boats and Crew, the Blessing of the Fleet is held every year on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. Boats come from all around the lake and community to be blessed in this time honored maritime tradition. Bring your boat and family and take home a signed Certificate of Blessing.
Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa
994 Mountain Harbor Road, Mount Ida, AR 71957
Mount Ida, AR 71957
Admission: Free

3rd Annual Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival

3rd Annual Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival

A unique grassroots festival held at a picturesque, organic, self-sustaining yoga shala in the heart of Buffalo National river country. Yoga teachers, musicians, craftspeople, and participants from all across the region contribute to the success of this family friendly, dynamic celebration and one-of-a-kind event.
Saturday, May 28, 2016 – Sunday, May 29, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Circle Yoga Shala
Shiloh Mountain Road
Jasper, AR 72641
Admission: $148

Mustangs on the Mountain Show & Shine

Mustangs on the Mountain Show & Shine

The next Mustangs on the Mountain: Show and Shine will be May 29, 2016 from 11:00am to 3:00pm on the parking lot of The Museum of Automobiles. The Museum is located atop Petit Jean Mountain, in Morrilton, Arkansas. All year models accepted. Food vendor on site.
Sunday, May 29, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Museum of Automobiles
8 Jones Lane
Morrilton, AR 72110
Admission: Free

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