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August Events Taking Place in the Arkansas Ozarks

By Jill M. Rohrbach, Ark. Dept. of Parks and Tourism

First posted on 07-21-2011


Visit one of the largest concrete dams in the United States. The Bull Shoals Powerhouse and Dam Tour explains how water is used to make electric power. See the massive equipment used by the Army Corps of Engineers and power companies to produce this important energy resource. Learn about the history of the construction, the environmental and commercial impact of the dam, and the role it plays in providing flood control, hydropower and recreational opportunities. Tours cost $4. Sign up at the Bull Shoals-White River State Park Visitor Center in Bull Shoals. Pre-registration and identification is required. The tours are offered almost daily throughout August. Call 870-445-3629 for details.

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Batesville is the site of the 68th annual White River Water Carnival on Aug. 5-6. The two-day event features a Kids Zone with inflatables, arts and crafts, live music and fun festival food along the banks of the White River. Make sure to visit the Batesville Chamber of Commerce to get a free water gun that can be used to “soak” the floats in the “wet zone” during the festival parade. Live music is on tap all day on Saturday, including an evening performance by the Crossin Dixon! Visit http://www.MyBatesville.org or phone 870-793-2378 to learn more.

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Early August brings two events to Eureka Springs. The 17th annual Yards and Yards of Yard Sales takes place Aug. 5-6. You’ll find bargains city wide. Visit http://www.eurekaspringschamber.com or call 479-253-8737 for more information

On Aug. 5-7, the town hosts Summer Diversity Weekend. Events take place at bars, clubs, and other venues throughout Eureka Springs. Visit http://www.diversitypride.com or call 479-253-2555 for details.

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Siloam Springs offers the 3rd annual Dog Day of Summer on Aug. 6. This dog parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and travels from City Park to Twin Springs Park and back. The dog contest categories are cutest, ugliest, most unusual, best dog trick, dog owner look-a-like, and best all around. The contest registration fee is $10. Call 479-524-4556 for more information.

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The Lions Club sponsors a Truck Pull on Aug. 6 in Calico Rock. The event starts with a lawn mower pull with the truck pull taking place later in the evening. The Lions Club will have a concession stand open for food. Visit http://www.calicorock.us or call 870-297-4129 for details.

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The 58th annual Decatur BBQ Festival on Aug. 6 is a family affair. It includes entertainment, kids games, arts and crafts, a parade, beauty pageants, hot air balloon rides, a fun run, and a poker run and car show. The event takes place in Veteran’s Park, located at 1105 N. Main St. Call 479-752-3912 for more information.

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The staff at Davidsonville Historic State Park in Pocahontas offer educators a special day on Aug. 8 during the park’s Arkansas History Workshop: Teacher Open House. Participants explore the history of cabins, trails and exhibits and learn about the park’s various programs. Those attending also earn Arkansas History credit hours. To learn more contact the park at 870-892-4708.

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Tontitown has been celebrating its rich heritage for 113 years. This year’s Grape Festival takes place Aug. 9-13 on the festival grounds of St. Joseph Catholic Church. There are free concerts by nationally-recognized performers each night. The fun also consists of a huge carnival with games and rides, and an arts and crafts fair. A festival tradition includes serving homemade Italian spaghetti dinners and grape ice cream. Visit http://www.tontitowngrapefestival.com or call 479-361-2615 for more information.

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Home of the sweetest watermelons, according to the Chamber of Commerce, the 32nd annual Cave City Watermelon Festival is Aug. 11-13 in the city park. Activities include a parade, concessions, craft vendors, and entertainment. There will be, of course, watermelons galore. Visit http://www.cavecityarkansas.info or call 870-283-5959 for details.

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The Eurekan Triathlon takes place Aug. 12-14 at various locations around the city of Eureka Springs. This is a biking, swimming, foot race triathlon that also offers activities for the family members of the racers. Participate or go watch the athletes compete for the title of The Eurekan. Call 479-521-7766 for details.

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The 15th annual Run for the Grapes 5K takes off at 7 a.m., Aug. 13, with a Kids Fun Run following at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is prior to Aug. 9 and costs $15 for the 5K, and $8 for the kids run. After Aug. 9 registration is $20 and $10, respectively. Visit http://www.runforthegrapes.com for details.

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On Aug. 18-20 Harrison holds its 40th annual Northwest Arkansas Bluegrass Festival at Beacon Park, five miles north of the city on Ark. 65. Music styles include gospel, traditional and modern bluegrass. The festival kicks off each evening at 6:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon matinee are from 1:30 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. Jam sessions are all day starting at 7 a.m. till the last group decides to end. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring their acoustic instruments and lawn chairs. Visit http://www.harrisonarkansas.org or call 870-741-1789 for details.

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Eureka Springs’ Family Bluegrass Weekend is a citywide event set for Aug. 18-21. Celebrating its 10th year, it offers numerous free shows in Basin Spring Park as well as shows in the Auditorium and at clubs around town. Pickers also gather poolside at lodging venues throughout town and play until the wee hours of the morning. Visit http://www.eurekaspringsbluegrassfestival.com or phone 888-582-2220 for details.

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A one of a kind event for Mountain View, the annual Mountains, Music & Motorcycles event is Aug. 19-21 with a majority of the festivities taking place on the courthouse square. The festival has biker games, a poker run, and a bike show. Prizes, games, music and food are part of the fun for the whole family. Visit http://www.mountainsmusicmotorcycles.com/ or call 870-269-8068 for more information.

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Try your hand at a new relaxing hobby when Powhatan Historic State Park in Powhatan offers the Williamsburg Basket Weaving Workshop on Aug. 20. Class participants learn how to weave a basket, which has a rich history that traveled from the east coast and across Tennessee with the settlers of Arkansas. The fee is $30 and includes all supplies. Contact Powhatan Historic State Park at 870-878-6765 for more information.

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Music in the Mountains is a monthly music and variety show, held the third Saturday of each month on the stage of the historic Horseshoe Bend Theatre. This month’s show is Aug. 20. Admission is by donation and concessions are available. Call 870-373-3303 for more information.

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Don’t miss the talented musicians at the 30th annual Country Showdown on Aug. 20 in Eureka Springs. Watch performers compete at the Pin Mountain Theater for a chance to move on to the next round held in Little Rock. The event is sponsored by Texaco and KTHS. Pine Mountain Theater is located on U.S. 62. Visit http://www.countryshowdown.com or call 870-423-2147 for details.

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Siloam Springs hosts the International Waterfowl Festival & Outdoor Expo on Aug. 20-21.The event includes seminars with professionals, a waterfowler’s triathlon, a game dinner, a duck and goose calling contest, a sportsman’s drawing, and kids zone. Buck Gardner, a world champion duck caller, will attend. The expo takes place at Christian Life Church, located 3.5 miles east of Siloam Springs on Ark. 412. Visit http://www.thecwa.org or call 479-238-0003 for details.

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If you’re a fan of the game “Slug Bug,” plan to visit Eureka Springs Aug. 26-28 for the 19th annual VW Festival, Swap Meet and Tourcade. This is one of the biggest Volkswagen events in the Midwest. The event is based at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. There are registration fees for participants, but the event is free to spectators. Visit http://www.nwavwa.com or phone 479-253-9768 for additional information.

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The annual Underwater Treasure Hunt on Aug. 27 in Jordan is a unique event to participate in or to watch. Certified scuba divers search underwater (no deeper than 40 ft.) for tokens and return them for prizes. A sandcastle contest and scavenger hunt for those who don’t dive is also part of the fun. The event takes place at Sand Island on Norfork Lake, and is a benefit for the American Cancer Society. Admission is $30 for scuba divers, but free for spectators. Call 870-499-7348 or visit http://www.jordanmarina.com for more information.

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Powhatan Historic State Park in Powhatan offers Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble: A Soapmaking Workshop on Aug. 27. Participants learn the art of making soap using the cold-process method – it’s not as hard as you would think! Once you master this skill of bygone times, you’ll never have to buy soap again. Registrants receive soap recipes and bars of homemade soap. Class size is limited and reservations are suggested. Admission is $20 and participants need to bring protective clothing. To make reservations or for more information, visit http://www.ArkansasStateParks.com or contact Powhatan Historic State Park at 870-878-6765.

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