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Fall color on the Buffalo National River
Fall color on the Buffalo National River


September 12, 2003

October in the Ozarks  Equals Plethora of Activities

By Jill M. Rohrbach, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

While War Eagle Weekend is the biggest draw to northwest Arkansas in the month of October, numerous other diverse events take place in Arkansas's Ozark Mountains and offer family fun.


Harvest Homecoming

Harrison's largest festival is Harvest Homecoming on Oct. 3-5, an event that transforms the National Historic District in the city's downtown into a vision of the past, complete with working craftsmen. The homecoming also features arts and crafts booths, live music and great food venues, and numerous activities will be available for children. A scarecrow-decorating contest, a Ford Mustang and Open Car Show, the Harrison Art League Fine Art Show and the annual book sale at the Boone County Library round out the events.

Harvest Homecoming takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Complementary events are a Friday night concert at Bill Baker Amphitheater, a concert and beauty pageant Saturday night at the North Arkansas College Theater, and a Gospel Fest Saturday night at Beacon Park. Specific times for events and names of entertainers will be posted on For more information, call (870) 741-4889.


Celebrate the Bounty

Along with the abundance of free apple cider and apple slices, the centerpiece for the 28th annual Arkansas Apple Festival Oct. 3-5 on Lincoln's downtown square is the arts and crafts fair featuring some of the most talented artisans of the Ozarks.

The crafts fair opens at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at noon on Sunday. All items must be handmade, and crafters go through a screening process to obtain one of the approximate 135 booths. Items include everything from Christmas decorations and wood crafts to baskets, dolls and needle crafts.

The Apple Core Throwing Contest is another highlight along with the Apple Harvest Queen Pageant and demonstrations of cooking apple butter. The 10 a.m. Saturday parade includes floats and antique tractors and autos, while horses and horse-drawn wagons bring up the rear. Carnival rides are also available.

Live musical entertainment will be offered all weekend and will include choral, country and gospel groups. The Ozark Dulcimer Society will perform as will some square dancers and cloggers.

Visitors will also be able to purchase smoked turkey legs, gyros, fried pork rinds and smoked bologna as well as various apple-themed treats such as apple dumplings or apples drizzled with hot caramel.

Admission to the festival is free, except for the Apple Harvest Queen Pageant. Lincoln is located in northwest Arkansas about 20 miles west of Fayetteville on U.S. 62. For more information, call (479) 824-FEST and visit


Air Show

Watch an air show and enjoy live entertainment during the Aviation Cadet Reunion Fly-in and Air Show Oct. 11-12 at Silver Wings Field of the Cadet Aviation Museum in Eureka Springs.

According to event coordinators, Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps cadets from across the country will attend. Planes taking part in the air show include a WWII-era PT-19 open cockpit plane, a T-37 (twin jet) and T-1 (turbo prop), and Army helicopters. The 314th Unit from the Little Rock Air Force Base will do a C-130 fly-by. And Ed Whitside of Rogers will perform in his Pitts Special, a home-built bi-wing plane. Attendees can take rides on the PT-19 for a donation. The air show and reunion begins at 10 a.m. both days.

The show's special entertainer will be Tim Padilla, a singer and dancer from the Lawrence Welk Show, who will perform with his band Rhythm on the Rocks on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Barbecue will be served. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Bleacher seating is available, but attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Silver Wings Field is located 2.5 miles off of U.S. 62 on Onyx Cave Road. For more information, call (479) 253-5008 or (479) 253-9471 and visit


Fall Colors Tour

Bring comfortable shoes, lunch and a camera to enjoy the annual Fall Colors Tour on Oct. 17. The tour will take place from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and participants will meet at the gazebo at the Newton County Courthouse in Jasper.

Event coordinators plan the itinerary the week of the tour based on where the best fall colors can be found at the time. Usually the tour makes one stop on the Buffalo National River, two stops in the Ozark National Forest and another stop at a scenic overlook on the return trip. The overall length of the tour is about 80 miles via school bus on the winding roads of Newton County. The lunch stop is about one and a half hours, which allows time for participants to take a short hike.

Reservations are taken until Oct. 15. Admission is $5 per person and payable the day of the tour. For reservations or more information, call Colleen Breedlove at (870) 446-5122.



Submitted by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201, (501) 682-7606

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"Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism"




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