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Arkansas Weekend Planner ~ October 16-18, 2015


Another beautiful forecast for Arkansas this weekend. Get out and experience all the Natural State has to offer. Here are some events happening around the state this weekend.


“Ruff” Rock N’ Roll Fundraiser

The Arkansas Paws in Prison is a program that pairs rescue dogs from high-kill shelters with inmates for an eight-week training program. At the end of the training, the once-stray dogs are now well-loved and well-mannered, and they are ready to take the 10-step test to earn the Canine Good Citizen Award by the American Kennel Club. The graduates are then available for adoption. Since the program’s inception, over 600 dogs have been rescued, trained and adopted. There is no state budget for the Paws in Prison program, it is funded by the sale of recyclables and donations.

A fundraising event, Ruff Rock N Roll, will be held this weekend at Scott Plantation. The event is open to the public, and all dogs are welcome to attend and enjoy the designated pool & play area. The dance floor will be open to dogs and humans. The adult-only, bring-your-own-dog event also caters to guests with festive drinks, Whole Hog barbecue, a live auction and the Cummins Prison Band, an inmate band that performs around the state.

Oct. 17, 2015
3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Scott Plantation
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.


War Eagle Mill

The War Eagle Fair ~Northwest Arkansas

An annual event since 1954, the War Eagle Fair originally grew as a place that craftsmen and craftswomen around the Ozarks could display their handmade items. Actually, there are three craft fairs in one happening this weekend.  War Eagle Mill vendors are on the Mill parking lot grounds. The Sharp Show is on the fields adjacent to the Mill and across the bridge is the War Eagle Fair Show.

Exhibits include the following:

  • Jewelry and Leather
  • Metal and Outdoors
  • Fabric and Clothing
  • Wood and Furniture
  • Art
  • Glass and Pottery
  • Kids and Baby
  • Food
  • Home and Kitchen Tools
  • Folk Art and Home Décor
  • Candles and Soaps
  • Other Items

You can find a complete list of Exhibitors on the War Eagle Fair website.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 – Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015
War Eagle Mill

2015 NEW Fall Tour

2015 Fall Tours P. Allen Smith Garden Home ~Roland

Crisp breezes and vibrant hues describe the scene during autumn. Overlooking the Arkansas River Valley, it’s the perfect place to take in the fall foliage. Visit the 1 acre Vegetable Garden swing by the popular Pumpkin House, and stroll the Terrace Gardens drenched in fall blooms. You’ll also be invited into Allen’s home for a guided tour and enjoy a harvest lunch of dishes from his bestselling cookbook. Space is limited, call to make your reservation.

Throughout October and November, check website for availability
Moss Mountain Farm
Admission: $90

Grand Prairie Rice Festival in Hazen

39th Annual Grand Prairie Rice Festival ~ Hazen

Antique farm equipment show and parade, food booths, other vendors, children’s event & attractions, entertainment by I-40 East and The Stanley Young Band. Read more here on OnlyinArk.
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
East City Park, Hazen


26th Eagle Watch Aboard Belle of The Ozarks On Beaver Lake ~ Eureka Springs

October brings on the brilliant fall foliage in the Ozarks, a perfect backdrop for photographing the Bald Eagles on Beaver Lake. Cruise into some of the best areas to sight our national bird. Expert guides help locate the birds along the shoreline where they perch. The raptors soar over the pristine water hunting for fish or migratory ducks and small mammals in the Ozark woodlands. See nests located on the north end of Beaver Lake where fledglings are being raised successfully. Departures at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Reservations recommended to insure seating.

Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 – Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015
Beaver Lake Starkey Park
Eureka Springs
Admission: $23 adults, $9 children under 12

boo at the zoo

Boo at the Zoo  ~ Little Rock

Boo at the Zoo is Arkansas’s largest Halloween festival featuring trick-or-treating in a safe environment and dozens of activities such as carnival rides, haunted attractions like the haunted train ride, haunted house, Frankenstein’s Dance Party, nightly costume contest, live music, carnival games, animal exploration stations and much more. New at Boo is Boo GLOW – thousands of Halloween themed lights!

Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 – Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Little Rock Zoo
Admission: $10 general admission; $20 wrist-band admission

Hillbilly cookoff

Arkansas Championship Hillbilly Chili Cook-Off ~ Bull Shoals

Cooks from all over Arkansas and surrounding states compete for the title of “Arkansas’s Best Chili.” Taste the chili and visit vendors as the cooks turn up the heat. Co-sponsored by the Bull Shoals-Lakeview Rotary Club.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Bull Shoals State Park
Admission: $3


Fest of Ale Fort Smith

Fest of Ale ~ Fort Smith

Food, music, beer, wine. All proceeds benefit Girls Inc. of Fort Smith programming and continuing to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fort Smith Convention Center
Admission: $45 general admission, $75 V.I.P.


Hot Springs Wine & Food Fest ~ Hot Springs

Savory hors d’oeuvres will be prepared by Chef Matt Fuller paired with complimentary wines. Enjoy a silent auction with all proceeds going to benefit Project Hope Food Bank.
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Central Park Fusion
Hot Springs

Admission: $100

Razorback Run

Razorback Run ~ Fayetteville

15K & 5K runs in Fayetteville, home of the University of Arkansas. Proceeds benefit the Full Circle Campus Food Pantry and other charitable causes. Second year after many years in the late 70s and early 80s, bringing back the tracks.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Northwest Arkansas Mall/Academy Sports + Outdoors
Admission: $20-40

tour da delta

9th Annual Tour Da Delta ~ Helena

Going into its ninth year, this annual autumn bike race allows participants to cycle through beautiful Delta scenery on their choice of 14, 30, 62 and 100 mile routes. Come join in the fun!
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Downtown, Helena-West Helena, AR 72342

Do you know of any events happening in Arkansas this weekend? Let us all know in the comment section below.

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