Fall color on the Buffalo National River
September 12, 2003
October in the Ozarks Equals Plethora of
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.
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
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 www.mainstreetharrison.org. For more information, call
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
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
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
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
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
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
May be used without permission. Credit line is appreciated:
"Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism"
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