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September 16, 2017
6th 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!  (also: )


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September 1-4, 2016
31st National Championship Chuckwagon Race
Clinton, Arkansas
Chuckwagon Races, Snowy River Race, bronc fanning, music, concerts, camping, trail riding, western trade show, horse and mule clinics, seminars, barn dances.  Attendance: 20,000.

September 10, 2016  World Championship Squirrel Cook Off
Bentonville, Arkansas
Our event is the finest wild game cook off, anywhere. We focus on the ability of the team to create a meal out of the other brown meat squirrel (limb chicken/Tree Bacon). The teams are made up of 2 or 3 individuals who will combine squirrel (80% of the total meat) along with whatever other ingredients to create an entrée along with a side item.


In past years we have had teams turn in dishes such as—tamales, pizza, sausage, cashew squirrel, stir-fry, gumbo, dumplings, fried, squirrel eggrolls, and many other amazing dishes.  We have had teams from across the country compete for the title, so far 11 states have had representation.  All of the squirrels are harvested using legal means and methods, teams shall provide their own meat, supplies and decoration. Special help can be given for meat supply if traveling across the country. Corporate sponsorship is available.

September 10-17, 2016 - White County Fair - Searcy, Arkansas
The White County Fair is one of the top ten county fairs in the Nation.  Goat, Cattle, Horse, Poultry, Sheep and Swine Shows.  Carnival, vendors, exhibits, live entertainment, etc.

September 12-17, 2016  79th Annual Columbia County Fair & Livestock Show - Magnolia, Arkansas

September 12-17, 2016  79th Annual Van Buren County Livestock Show & Fair - Clinton, Arkansas
Creative arts and livestock exhibits, carnival, music shows, "Farmer for a Day" for kids 10 and under, salute to Veterans, dog show and commercial exhibits.

September 14-15, 2016  Arkansas Hospitality Association Vendor Showcase & Convention - Little Rock, Arkansas
The Arkansas Restaurant Association, the Arkansas Lodging Association and the Arkansas Travel Council join together for the 2016 Arkansas Hospitality Association Vendor Showcase & Convention. Come find everything you need to run your business all year, learn at top-notch educational seminars and enjoy the hospitality games featuring the bartending competition.

September 17-18, 2016  30th Annual Cane Hill Harvest Festival
Cane Hill, Arkansas
All you can eat country breakfast.  Also, Includes live music. museum, quilt show and raffle, horseshoes and a parade. Food and arts & crafts vendors. Children's games, petting zoo and a country store. Watch history come alive with a presentation by the Washington County Historical Society's Heritage School. And watch locals as they demonstrate making lye soap, hominy and sorghum molasses.  There's a lot going on in Historic Cane Hill. We invite you to come see and share in our excitement!

September 23-October 1, 2016  Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Begun in 1936 as the Fort Smith Livestock Exposition, the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair has grown into one of the premier events in the region. Livestock and Creative Arts competition. Carnival, Live Concerts, over 2,500 exhibitors, vendors and over 135,000 visitors during this nine day celebration.

September 24, 2016 - 2nd Annual Bryant's Buzzin' BBQ Bash
Bryant, Arkansas
This year, we are proud to introduce Bryant's Buzzin' BBQ Bash to our annual Fall Fest festivities! This is a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event. There will be two competitions going on at this year's event: KCBS Competition and Backyard BBQ Competition. Cash prizes totaling a minimum of $7,500 are available.

September 26-October 1, 2016  North Central Arkansas District Fair
Melbourne, Arkansas
Dairy Cattle, Goats, Sheep, and Rabbit shows and competitions.  Exhibits, Talent Contest, Beauty Pageants, Entertainment, Carnival, Rodeo, Truck Pull, etc.

September 30-Oct 2, 2016  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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September 15, 2015  Annual Arkansas Chefs Culinary Classic
Little Rock, Arkansas
Ready, Set, Cook and WIN.  The Arkansas Hospitality Association hosts an annual culinary competition to showcase Arkansas' Chefs.  Chefs may compete in four categories: Soup/Salad, Dessert, Entree, or Appetizer.  Each chef must provide a presentation plate, three judging plates, and 250 tastings of each entry for the culinary dinner.  Guests can purchase tickets to try the entries for $45 per person.  Wine and beer tasting, along with the after party, are included in that price.

September 15, 2015  Chefs in the Garden - Fayetteville, Arkansas
Held at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, the event combines the beauty of lovely gardens with demonstrations and samplings from local chefs, music from one of the area's favorite bands, and a small silent auction.

September 19, 2015 - Little Rock Bacon Fest - Little Rock, Arkansas
The 2nd annual Little Rock Bacon Fest will take place at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds.  There will be live music, local merchant booths, a kids zone with inflatables, cooking contest for both professional chefs and amateurs, a beer garden, and a bacon eating contest. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 day of event. Kids 8 and under are free.


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September 12-13, 2014  12th annual Smoke on the Water Ribba-Ramma
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
An amateur competition created especially for the weekend warrior and backyard griller.  With $5,000 in prize money, professional judging and scoring. This is serious business! There's also a people’s choice award with a $500 winner take all prize.  Each team will be required to prepare four racks of pork ribs. Six bones will be turned in for judging and the rest will be sold to the public from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. A portion of the net proceeds will benefit the Area IX Special Olympics.


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September 7, 2013  Arkansas Antique Tractor and Engine Show
Scott, Arkansas
Witness the early machines that plowed, pumped, and drove us into the 20th century. Exhibits feature vintage tractors, single-piston engines, early implements and farm machines. Plantation Agriculture Museum.


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September 14, 2012  Wine and Food Festival - Little Rock, Arkansas
Join Wildwood Park for the Arts and revel in over 150 specially selected wines and artful edibles created by the area's finest chefs and restaurants.


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September 9-11, 2011  Pinnacle Hills Arts & Food Festival
Rogers, Arkansas
A juried art show and sale, the annual event presents fine artists from across the USA and showcases the region's best chefs. A street festival atmosphere of art, music, food, and green living.

Sept 26-Oct 1, 2011  67th SW Arkansas District Livestock Show & Rodeo
Hope, Arkansas
PRCA rodeo, livestock show, plant show, arts & crafts, food preservation, horticulture, commercial exhibits, food, large carnival, queen contest and talent show.


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September 11, 2010  Ozark Harvest Food Festival - Fayetteville, Arkansas
This event will increase public education, awareness, and access to local foods for the local families in Northwest Arkansas as well as serve as an experimental tool for chefs, restaurants, and farmers.




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