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September 23-Oct 1, 2022
Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair
Fort Smith, Arkansas

September 27-Oct 1, 2022
78th Annual SW Arkansas District Livestock Show & Rodeo
Hope, Arkansas

September 27-Oct 1, 2022
Benton County Fair
Bentonville, Arkansas

September 30-October 2, 2022  Arkansas Apple Festival - Lincoln, Arkansas


October 8, 2022  10th Annual Turkish Food Festival
Little Rock, Arkansas
Visit the Turkish Food Festival and enjoy the Turkish Cuisine! Don’t miss this opportunity. Come and taste the most extraordinary food in the world!

October 8, 2022  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 14-15, 2022  76th 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 14-23, 2022  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 21-22, 2022 - International Greek Food Festival
Little Rock, Arkansas
The largest ethnic festival in Arkansas, has been serving food, friends and the community for the past 35 years.  The wonderful cuisine associated with the many cultures that make up the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is the product of our immigrant forefathers. We boast a long line of cooks from various culinary traditions, making up the best of our Church's culture - Greek, Armenian, Georgian, Romanian, Russian, Indian, Middle Eastern, English and a dash of American. From these cultures has evolved this distinctive collection of foods identified with the Greek Orthodox Church - a style of cooking that not only captures the traditions of our heritage but makes eager eaters call for more.


October 21-22, 2022  Annual Arkansas Bean Fest and Championship Outhouse Races - Mountain View, Arkansas
The Annual Bean Festival features artisan crafts, live music, and lots of great food and entertainment in downtown Mountain View. For vendor applications, please call Rianna Kendrick at 870-269-8068

October 22, 2022  44th 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.

October 30, 2022  World Cheese Dip Championship
Little Rock, Arkansas
Get your Early Bird tickets while you can!

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October , 2021  Annual Arkansas Cornbread Festival
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 2, 2021  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.

October 29-31, 2021  IHA Conference & Meeting
Mountain View, Arkansas
Join us for our first hybrid conference experience with in person & virtual options for herb lovers everywhere!   International Herb Association Educational Conference and Meeting of Members.

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October , 2020 - Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Dinner
Little Rock, Arkansas
EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.  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.

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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.

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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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