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Sept 30-October 5, 2019
North Central Arkansas District Fair - Melbourne, Arkansas


October 4-5, 2019
Annual Herb Harvest Festival
Mountain View, Arkansas
Ozark Folk Center's Heritage Herb Garden, Herb Harvest Fall Festival.  Nationally known and regional herbalists, local herbal merchants, and plantsmen will share their knowledge in this annual seminar.  This year’s festival will connect the herbs and foods of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean Basin to the Ozarks.

October 4-6, 2019  Arkansas Apple Festival - Lincoln, Arkansas
Guaranteed to provide a weekend of fun for the whole family, no matter how old you are. Join us as we celebrate our bounty of apples and three days of wholesome family entertainment at the Arkansas Apple Festival.  The center piece of our apple festival is the unequaled variety of arts and crafts featuring works of some of the most talented artisans in the Ozarks. These three days are bursting full of activities with contests for kids, musical entertainment, gospel singing, and much more. Youngsters are welcome in our special Kid's World. And yes, there will be an abundance of apple cider and free apple slices.

October 5, 2019  Annual Homesteaders Day - Hardy, Arkansas
Wagon rides, live music and dancing, period dress contest, children’s games, terrapin races, etc.  Jelly Making; Spinning and Weaving; Corn Grinding; Mule Jumping; Cooking on a Wood Stove; Open Fire Cooking; Butter Churning; Soap Making; Working Forge; Shingle Splitting; Candle Dipping; Dutch Oven Cooking; Working Horses and Oxen; Traditional Music; Robbery and Shootout Reenactment; “Yarn” spinning.

October 5, 2019  9th Annual World Cheese Dip Championship
Little Rock, Arkansas
Prepare yourself for the biggest and best cheese dip competition in the World!  There will be amazing cheese dips for you to try, and your vote will help us crown the World Cheese Dip Champions.  Amateurs and professionals from around the country will compete to impress your taste buds, so everybody wins!  All competitors will be eligible for the People’s Choice Awards, chosen by our attendees, and for the Judges’ Choice Awards, chosen by our judging panel.  Amateur and Professional Category awards include trophies, cash prizes, and gifts to be presented at the close of the event.


October 11-12, 2019 - 74th Annual Turkey Trot - Yellville, Arkansas
Arkansas' oldest annual festival. Every year since 1946 the city of Yellville has celebrated what is known as Turkey Trot. The event was conceived as a way to call attention to the region's abundant wild turkeys. Turkey Trot is one of the most exciting times of the year around here. It has become a time for homecomings, reunions, and traditions for many tourists, classmates, friends and family members.  Mid-Marion County Rotary is excited to sponsor the longest continuous festival in Arkansas for the second year.  Fifty years ago it was an accepted procedure to re-populate wild turkeys in the Ozarks by tossing them from airplanes.  The Rotary Club agrees that this tradition is no longer viable.  Controversy surrounding the cruelty of dropping turkeys from planes or buildings that have plagued previous sponsorship efforts, have conditioned Rotary’s sponsorship.  In the event turkeys are dropped, Rotary will have to withdraw sponsorship of the Turkey Trot Festival in the future.  However, we will continue future support to the community

October 11-20, 2019 - Arkansas State Fair - Little Rock, Arkansas
Ridin', Rockin' & Livestockin', the Arkansas State Fair will include concerts, great food, midway, livestock displays & competitions, rodeo, interesting exhibits, and much more. The event typically draws over 400,000 each year.  Attendance: 400,000.

October 12, 2019  43rd Annual Arkansas Rice Festival
Weiner, Arkansas
Observing the rich heritage of rice farming in Arkansas and celebrating harvest. The festival is held annually the second weekend in October in conjunction with National Rice Promotion Month. Rice Cook-Off, Old Time Rice Threshing Demonstration, Parade, Rice Festival Pageant, Kids Activities, Art Show, Tractor Pull, much more.

October 14-18, 2019 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide

October 21, 2019  Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Dinner
Little Rock, Arkansas
No child in should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in this nation by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. You can help surround kids with the nutritious food they need where they live, learn and play.

October 22, 2019  28th Annual Taste of Texarkana
Texarkana, Arkansas
Enjoy a 'World Showcase of Flavor'. Two stages with cooking demonstrations, ice carving, wine and food pairing lessons, wineries and tasting, over 40 restaurants and much more! Proceeds benefit the programs of Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank.


October 25-26, 2019
37th Annual Arkansas Bean Fest and Championship Outhouse Races
Mountain View, Arkansas
Through the years, the festival has proved itself one of the most exciting and outrageous around, drawing thousands to the small Ozarks town for music, pinto beans and cornbread, and the spectacle created by the outhouse racing teams.  Live music on the courthouse square offers a mix of folk, bluegrass, Cajun and gospel styles, a tradition that has distinguished Mountain View for decades.

October 26, 2019
Annual Arkansas Cornbread Festival
Little Rock, Arkansas
The Arkansas Cornbread Festival is one of the state's yummiest festivals of the year celebrating Southern culture and heritage through food, artisan crafts and music, while simultaneously benefiting local non-profit organizations: Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Our House and studioMAIN.  Everyone attending the Arkansas Cornbread Festival, as well as a panel of celebrity judges, will have the opportunity to sample cornbread recipes as well as side dishes, and then vote for their favorite entries. The contest is from noon-3:00 p.m., with two levels of competition: professionals and amateurs.

October 26, 2019  42nd Annual Grand Prairie Rice Festival
Hazen, Arkansas
Antique farm machinery parade and show; mini-tractor pull, southern gospel music show, youth and children's attractions, food booths and other vendors.

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October 6, 2018  Keo Fall Days - Keo, Arkansas
This annual event on the first Saturday in October features a Pecan Baking Contest for adults and youth, antique cars carriage rides, food vendors, arts and crafts, and activities for children.

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October 21, 2017 - Annual Hillbilly Chili Cook-Off
Lakeview, Arkansas
Upper Bull Shoals-White River State Park.  Cooks from all over Arkansas and surrounding states compete for the title of “Arkansas’s Best Chili.” Taste the chili and visit vendors as cooks turn up the heat. Prize money given for International Chili Society champion and a People's Choice winner. Enjoy live music, arts and crafts vendors, boat show, car show, chili tastings, raffle, food vendors and games for kids.



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