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Jill M. Rohrbach and Kimberly J. Williams, travel writers
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

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In order to better serve your needs and to keep you from getting extremely long documents from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, we have decided to break down our Travelin’ Arkansas release into regions organized by date. This way you will be able to look only at the areas you are interested in covering. The territories covered in Travelin' Arkansas adhere to the six geographical regions found in the Arkansas Tour Guide. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions: communications@arkansas.com or 501-682-7606.
  
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Head to Clinton on Oct. 1 for the 4th annual Chili King Cook-off. Taste great chili, hunt for geocaches, and peruse crafts booths on the downtown square. Admission is $5. Call 501-745-6500 or visit www.clintonarchamber.com for more information.
 
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October 1 is the date for the Big Bad Gina Release Party in Fayetteville. Big Bad Gina won the 2011 National Women’s Music Festival’s Women in the Arts competition. The party takes place at Scarpino, located at 329 N. West Ave. in the entertainment district. Call 479-521-1777 or visit www.scarpino.com for details.

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Gaston’s White River Resort in Lakeview hosts its bi-annual Post Familie Wine Tasting on Oct. 1. The tasting is open to the public, and local vendors will also be set up at the event. Call 870-431-5203 or check the website www.gastons.com/restaurant.php for more information.

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Everyone likes to celebrate fall color. Calico Rock’s annual Autumn Fest and 5K take place Oct. 1. The fun includes live music all day. You can also build a scarecrow. Other activities are the Community Medical Center 5K race, food vendors, and games. Admission is free and the event is held at Rand Park. Call 870-297-4129 or visit www.calicorock.us for specifics.

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Join park staff as they celebrate everything they love about Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers during the annual Fall Festival on Oct. 1. From 10 a.m. to noon, the Historic Van Winkle Trail will be like stepping through time with Civil War soldiers, spinners, a blacksmith, and more. Then head to the visitor center to learn about the animals and plants found at the park. At 1:30 p.m. listen to the folk music of Harmony. Admission is free. Call 479-789-5000 for details.

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Harrison’s 2011 Harvest Homecoming Fall Festival is Oct. 1-2. The event includes fun for the whole family. There will be vendors, crafters and entertainment on this downtown square. Call 870-741-6191 or visit www.harrisonarkansas.org for more information.

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The annual Herb Harvest Festival at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View lets herb enthusiasts participate in workshops. At the Oct. 1-2 event experts give presentations on herbs and their many uses, from cooking to medical. Herb vendors will also be on site. Call 870-269-3851 or visit www.YourPlaceInTheMountains.com for details.

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Head to Quitman for the 12th annual Arkansas Frontier Pumpkins and More Pumpkin Patch Festival on Oct. 1-31. Bring the entire family and spend the day mining for gemstones, competing in the duck races, enjoying the hayride around the farm, meeting the farm animals and exploring the Enchanted Forest. Have your photo taken with the oxen and covered wagons. Log on to www.ArkansasFrontier.com or phone 501-589-3122 for information.
 
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The 20th annual Eagle Watch on Beaver Lake takes place Oct. 1-31 aboard the Belle of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs. Cruise crystal clear Beaver Lake with expert guides who help passengers sight mature and immature eagles, providing detailed information regarding America's National Bird. See exciting aerial displays, favorite perching sites and occasionally see an eagle catching fish. Restrooms and concessions are on board. Daily departures from Starkey Park are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. except Thursdays. Call 479-253-6200 for reservations. The tour is not recommended for ages one year old and younger. Admission is $20 for adults, and $8 for children under 12. Group prices are $15 per adult and $7 per child for 20 to 50 people. Visit www.estc.net/belle for more information.

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October 6 is the date for the next Fayetteville First Thursday. This free monthly event, celebrating original works of art, is held on the downtown Fayetteville square on the first Thursday of each month. It consists of an outdoor art walk, live music, and a charity beer garden, while participating galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art starting at 5 p.m. Call 479-521-5776 or visit www.firstthursdayfayetteville.com for details.

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The largest fly fishing expo in Arkansas is set for Oct. 6-8 at the FFF Southern Council Fly Fishing Show and Conclave in Mountain Home. Held in the trout fishing mecca of north central Arkansas, participants get hands-on tying lessons from more than 50 experts, beginner to advanced casting instruction, and programs on fishing destinations and fishing techniques. There is also a special youth program. Admission is $10 for individuals or $15 per family. The expo is held at the Baxter County Fairgrounds. Call 870-499-3056 or visit www.southerncouncilfff.org for more information.

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Eureka Springs hosts the 21st annual Corvette Weekend on Oct. 6-9. Corvette owners get to show off, share information, ride the roads and thrill 'Vette lovers with a show and parade through town. Find out more about the event by visiting the website www.eurekaspringscorvette.org or calling 417-862-7232.

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The annual Elm Springs YesterDaze Festival is Oct. 7-8. It starts with a chili supper at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 7 followed by a children’s pageant at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 events start at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. There will also be an open car show, arts and crafts, Civil War reenactments and exhibitors, live entertainment, and more. Admission is free and the event is held at 289 Jayroe St. Call 479-750-9444 or visit www.elmsprings.net for more information.

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Turkey Trot is the home of the oldest National Wild Turkey Calling Contest in the nation. The 66th annual event takes place Oct. 7-8 on the Yellville town square. It includes a turkey dinner, a parade, a quilt show, a 5K run, a lip sync contest, a pizza gobble, an art show, food and craft booths, live music, a pageant, and a rodeo. The event on the square is free. Admission to the pageant and calling contest is $5, and the turkey dinner is $8. Call 870-449-4676 or visit www.yellville.com for details.

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Check out a display of more than 100 carved pumpkins on Oct. 8 during Eureka Springs Art Adventures--Artists' Pumpkins. Get inspiration to create your own with local artist Valerie Damon. You can also have your face painted and enjoy monkey organ music, treats, and a drum performance. The free fun takes place at Basin Spring Park in the historic downtown. Call 479-253-9318 or visit www.EurekaSpringsArtAdventures.com for details.

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The much-anticipated 24th annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump is Oct. 8. Mule events range from barrel races to boot races to a pro mule jump. Inflatables for the kids, a car show and more than 40 vendors will also be on site. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and up, $2 for ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. The event takes place at the Pea Ridge High School, located at 781 W. Pickens. Call 479-903-1520 or visit www.pea-ridge-ar.com for more information.

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Outdoor cooking with cast iron and coals is a longstanding tradition in the State Parks of Arkansas. Mammoth Spring State Park in Mammoth Spring offers a Now We're Cookin' hands-on workshop on Oct. 8 to teach people how to use a Dutch oven. Participants then eat the creations. Contact the park at 870-625-7364 by Oct. 1 to reserve a spot. The cost is $15.

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Feel the chill in the air and listen for the whispers of ghosts when Davidsonville Historic State Park in Pocahontas hosts the Ghosts of Davidsonville Fall Festival on Oct. 8. The family-friendly festival features musical performances, carnival games, activities just for kids, carnival food and a hayride through the park’s historic town site and decorated campground. Admission is $5. Phone the park at 870-892-4708 to learn more.
 
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Over 90 tables of guns and knives are on display at the Timbo Volunteer Fire Department Gun and Knife Show set for Oct. 8-9 at the Stone County Fairgrounds in Mountain View. Proceeds from the event go to purchase equipment to better serve the community. For additional information contact Sheila Crymes at 870-746-4349 or e-mail timbovfd@hotmail.com. For more information on Mountain View visit www.YourPlaceInTheMountains.com.

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Learn how to make your own simple cheeses, like mozzarella and farmer’s cheese, from fresh or store bought milk on Oct. 11 during the Food Day–Farmstead Cheese Making workshop at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. The registration deadline is Oct. 5. The class fee of $30 includes recipes and a lunch of the food you have prepared in class. There is a minimum of three students and maximum of eight. Call 870-269-3851 or check out www.ozarkfolkcenter.com for details.

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The 5th annual Spanker Creek Farm Arts & Craft Fair is Oct. 12-16 in Bentonville. This is a unique outdoor shopping experience with great fair food. It takes place at Spanker Creek Farm at 8464 W. McNelly Road. Admission is free. Call 479-685-5655 or visit www.spankercreekfarm.com for more information.

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Celebrating its 43rd year, the annual Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival runs Oct. 13-15. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with vendors selling high quality, unique, artisan-created items. No buy and re-sell vendors are allowed. There are more than 300 booths, and parking and admission are free. Call 479-655-2064 or visit www.bellavistafestival.org for details.

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The 57th annual War Eagle Mill Arts & Crafts Fair is Oct. 13-16 at the War Eagle Mill near Rogers. Professional crafts men and women offer original, handmade work such as country decorative items, folk art, watercolor and oil paintings, pottery, stoneware, wreaths, potpourris, dried arrangements, quilts, miniatures, country clothing, wearable art, candles, homemade soaps, country furnishings, antique broken china jewelry, white oak baskets, bird houses and feeders, collectibles, and much more. Admission is free. Call 866-492-7324 or visit www.wareaglemill.com for details and directions.

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The Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View offers a Handcrafted Evening in the Park on Oct. 14. The park’s craft village will stay open late. Visitors enjoy an open house with the crafters and artisans. Admission is free. Call 870-269-3851 or visit www.ozarkfolkcenter.com for more information.

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The 2011 Arkansas Hospitality Association Golf Tournament takes place Oct. 14 at the Red Apple Inn & Country Club in Heber Springs. This golf tournament includes door prizes. The registration fee of $135 includes the green fee, cart, range balls and lunch. The meal is at 11:30 a.m. with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Call 501-376-2323 or visit www.arhospitality.org/golf-tournament for details.

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Costumed guides lead historical tours at the Eureka Springs municipal cemetery during Voices from the Silent City set for Oct. 14-15 and 28-29. Local actors portray former residents -- the good, the quirky, the scandalous. The event is informative and entertaining, not scary. Call 479-253-9417 or visit www.eurekaspringshistoricalmuseum.org for additional information.

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Spend a tasty Saturday morning at Jacksonport State Park at a Dutch Oven Workshop on Oct. 15. Learn the best methods for seasoning and caring for a Dutch oven before cooking an assortment of yummy treats, including chicken and dumplings, buttermilk biscuits and Black Forest dump cobbler. You can buy your own oven in the park’s gift shop. Reservations are required and admission is $15 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and under. Call the park at 870-523-2143 for more information or to make reservations.
 
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Enjoy the Music in the Mountains Show on Oct. 15 in Horseshoe Bend. This monthly music and variety show is held the third Saturday of each month at 6 p.m. on the stage of the historic Horseshoe Bend Theatre. Admission is by donation, and concessions are available. Call 870-373-3303 for details.

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The 23rd annual Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival is Oct. 15 in Fayetteville. The festival brings in more than 4,000 runners from across the country competing in amateur, collegiate, high school and junior high races. Call 479-521-7766 or visit www.chilepepperfestival.org for details and directions.

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The Fayetteville Farmer’s Market offers its 3rd annual Fayetteville Fall Craft Extravaganza on Oct. 15-16. It runs from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday on the beautiful downtown square gardens. There will be professional, juried artists and crafts people from the four-county area selling their wares and giving demonstrations. This is an open air market with plenty of restaurants nearby. Admission is free. Call 479-236-2910 or visit www.fayettevillefarmersmarket.org for more information.

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Rogers hosts the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival on Oct. 17-23 at the John Q. Hammonds Convention Center. The festival is the culmination of talent competitions in art, creative writing, dance, drama, and music for Veterans treated in the VA’s national health care system. Each year, approximately 130 Veterans receive an invitation to exhibit their national first place-winning artwork or perform music, dance, dramatic or original writing selections in a gala variety show. A professional orchestra accompanies the performance. Call 641-842-3101 or visit www.va.gov/opa/speceven/caf/index.asp for details.

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Join the harvest season fun at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View during the Harvest Festival on Oct. 18-29. You can vote for your favorite shop and create your own treasures in hands-on programs. You can also watch sorghum making, sheep shearing, black powder shooting, apple cider making, and much more. Call 870-269-3851 or visit www.ozarkfolkcenter.com for more information about the event and the park.

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The 13th biennial Autumn in the Ozarks Quilt Show is set for Oct. 20-22 at the Baxter County Fairgrounds in Mountain Home. More than 300 quilts will be on display and judged. The event includes a raffle quilt and vendors. Admission is $5 with children under 12 free. Call 727-267-1438 or visit www.hillnhollowquilters.com for more information.

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Spend a spooky autumn evening at Powhatan Historic State Park on Oct. 21 for Ghost Walks. Wander around the century-old buildings, the Black River and old cemeteries while you listen to the spine-tingling tales of ghostly happenings throughout the park. Make sure to look for the ghostly figure reported in the historic courthouse’s second story window! Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 6-12. Contact the park at 870-878-6765 to learn more about the event.
 
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The Bull Shoals-White River State Park in Bull Shoals celebrates its Fall Festival Oct. 21-23 because the Ozarks are beautiful this time of year with gorgeous weather, colorful scenery, and trout fishing is at its peak. Scheduled activities include evening nature programs, lake and river cruises, campsite decorating contests and more. All activities are free, except the river and lake cruises. Contact the park at 870-445-3629 for a detailed schedule.

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Have a frightfully good time in Maynard on Oct. 22 as the town’s Pioneer Park becomes home to the Pioneer Haunted House. Admission is free…if you’re brave enough to venture through the doors! For more details phone 870-647-2701.
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Experience a unique style of cooking that has been around since the days of the earliest settlers during the 4th annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off on Oct. 22 at Bull Shoals-White River State Park in Bull Shoals. Teams will compete by preparing their favorite dishes the old-fashioned way with cast iron cookware and hot coals. Visitors will be able to taste samples and watch as the teams showcase their craft. Prizes will be awarded for each category: bread, main dish and desert. Cooking begins at 10 a.m. Call 870-445-3629 for more information.

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Take the Haunted Battlefield Tour on Oct. 22 at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. Tour groups will be guided from the amphitheater to the front of the historic Borden House along part of the park's walking trail. It also goes down into the valley where the heaviest fighting occurred during the actual Battle of Prairie Grove. Chances are good that there will be a few scary surprises along the way. Tours depart every 20 to 30 minutes. The last tour will leave at 10 p.m. Parking is available at the east Borden House entrance. The cost is $2 for adults and $1 for kids. Call 479-846-2990 for more information.

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Withrow Springs State Park in Huntsville hosts a Star Party at its Crossbow Pavilion on Oct. 22. Join members of the Northwest Arkansas Astronomical Society around dusk at the Crossbow Pavilion for an in-depth view of the different stars, planets, and constellations that make up the night sky. Telescopes will be available but feel free to bring your binoculars and lawn chairs. All levels of stargazers welcome, from beginner to expert. Admission is free. Call 479-559-2593 for more information.

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Imagine you’re sick in Arkansas’s territorial days. It wasn’t as easy to get to or see a doctor then as it is now. Learn about some of the practical and sometimes comical frontier medicinal practices when Davidsonville Historic State Park in Pocahontas hosts a Frontier Medicine Workshop on Oct. 23. Participants make their own medicine pouches and take home some natural herbs to “cure what ails them.” Space is limited and reservations are required. Admission is $15. Phone 870-892-4708 to make reservations or ask questions.
 
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Get ready to shop Oct. 27-29 at the Sell it Again on Hwy 10 event. Seventy nine miles of yard sales stretch from Greenwood to Danville along this highway. Call 479-675-2666 for additional information.

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Don’t forget to wear your hat to the 9th annual Mad Hatter's Ball on Oct. 28 at The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. The event includes a dinner buffet, dance and auction. It raises money for the Eureka Springs School of the Arts. Call 479-253-5384 tickets cost and reservations. Additional information can be found at www.esartschool.com.

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Jasper hosts its 50th annual Fall Color Tour on Oct. 28. The tour begins at 9 a.m. at the Newton County Courthouse and returns at 2:30 p.m. It travels along a scenic route that shows the Ozarks in its autumn glory. Several stops are made along the way. Bring lunch, a jacket and comfortable shoes. The cost is $6. Call 479-284-3150 for reservations and more information.

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The 29th annual Bean Fest & Championship Outhouse Races are Oct. 28-29 in Mountain View. Everyone gets a free sample of beans, then a couple hours later, the most outrageous race in the country takes place as outhouse racers are pushed down the race course by teams vying for the coveted gold toilet seat. There is also an artisans market on the square where artists and crafters set up tents and sell their wares in a street fair. Call 870-269-8068 or visit www.YourPlaceInTheMountains.com for information on Bean Fest. Call 870-269-4103 or visit www.artisansmarketonthesquare.com for details on the market.

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Eureka Springs’ Fall Diversity Weekend is Oct. 28-30. Special programs are offered at bars, clubs, restaurants and other venues throughout town. Call 479-253-2555 or visit www.diversitypride.com for all of the details.

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Support Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge while enjoying the 16th annual Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular on Oct. 29 in Eureka Springs. The event is a costume party and haunted hayride, as well as the only night time viewing of more than 100 tigers, lions, leopards, and cougars. Hear them roar and see their eyes glow in the dark. Soft drinks and food concessions are available. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children. The refuge is located seven miles south of Eureka Springs on Ark. 23. Call 479-253-5958 or visit www.turpentinecreek.org for more information.

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During the 19th century, cooking was not as easy as it is today. Victorian cooks used fire to cook. Learn how early Arkansans prepared meals for family and loved ones during the Victorian Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop at Powhatan Historic State Park in Powhatan on Oct. 29. Participants will learn recipes from that era and learn to prepare them in the iron kettle. Reservations are required. Contact the park at 870-878-6765 to learn more.
 
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The Lewis & Clark Ozark Adventure Race takes place Oct. 29-30 in Springdale. Held in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, this race is a challenging course that consists of orienteering, mountain biking, trekking, canoeing, rope events, and mystery events. Individual and two-person teams will navigate a course that covers wooded and urban terrain in the Fayetteville and Springdale city limits. This is approximately 50 miles over an 8-to18-hour time frame. Competitors should be prepared for single-track mountain biking trails, flowing water, hilly terrain, rope elements and team building events. Call 479-521-7766 or visit www.ozarkadventurerace.com for details.
 

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