Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Fw: Bored No More for August 2008

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From: "Arkansas Parks and Tourism" <info@arkansas.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 11:19:25 -0500
To: Mayor James F. Valley<mayorjfvalley@gmail.com>
Subject: Bored No More for August 2008

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White River Celebration

Batesville will host the 65th Annual White River Water Carnival on Aug. 1-2. The two-day event features inflatables, a skateboard ramp, a Guitar Hero contest, arts and crafts, live music and fun festival food along the banks of the White River.

Riverside Park
Phone: 870-793-2378
Web site: www.MyBatesville.org
E-mail address: sheri.croslin@mybatesville.org

32nd Annual Hope Watermelon Festival

Celebrate Hope's legendary watermelons during the 32nd Annual Hope Watermelon Festival Aug. 7-10 in Fair Park. More than 200 booths of arts & crafts, music, melon eating and seed-spitting contests, hillbilly horseshoes, conventional horseshoe tournament, antique engine show, gospel show, sports car show, 5K run, softball tournament, melon judging, and dog show.

Fair Park
Phone: 870-777-3640
Web site: www.hopemelonfest.com

Swimming, Biking and Running

The 11th Annual First Security Kids Triathlon in Conway offers a fun way to promote physical fitness while allowing kids to compete. Each competitor receives a tee-shirt and a medal goes to all who complete the course. This event is SO cool it’s even been featured on Nickelodeon. Open to children ages 7 to 15, the triathlon includes swimming, biking and running. There is no race day registration so be sure and register early. You can even register online. Date of the event is Aug. 9 with packet pick-up that day at the University of Central Arkansas Farris Center from 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Packets can also be picked-up on Aug. 8 at The Ride from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Check the Web site for directions on where to go for the state of the race.

UCA Campus
Phone: 501-450-7533
Web site: www.ConwayKidsTri.com

80th Annual Montgomery County Fair

The 80th Annual Montgomery County Fair takes place Aug. 10-16 at the Fairgrounds in Mount Ida. At the fair there will be a carnival, pageants, talent show, exhibits, livestock show, rodeo, and a parade.

3650 Hwy. 88 East
Phone: 870- 867-5084
E-mail: director@mtidachamber.com

Chuckwagon Races

Catch the excitement of the 23rd annual National Championship Chuckwagon Races set for Aug. 23-31 in Clinton. In addition to the championship races, there will be a Snowy River Race, bronc fanning, concerts, camping, Western Trade Show, dance, trail rides, horseback clinics and more.

Phone: 501-745-8407
Web site: www.chuckwagonraces.com

Splash the Summer Away

It’s August in Arkansas and it’s hot. The very best way to beat the heat, and have a great time while doing it, is to visit one of the water parks. The state’s original park Willow Springs -- it’s been around since 1928 – is still going strong. Located in southeast Little Rock, it includes a 400-foot waterslide, a large kiddie pool, water volleyball, and other water activities.

Wild River Country in North Little Rock is the state's largest water park with a long list of attractions. Areas with names such as Cyclone, Vertigo, the Sidewinder, River Rapids, the Vortex and Black and White Lighting let you know this is a high energy place. The Lazy River plus the Tad and Wave Pools provide laid-back fun.

In Hot Springs check out Crystal Falls, sister park to Magic Springs Theme Park. Here you'll find the Crystal Cove wave pool, the High Sierra Slide Tower, and the Kodiak Canyon Adventure River, or you can just drift along the Kodiak Canyon Lazy River, wiling away the day. New this year is the Rapid Falls Raceway, 50-feet high, 310-feet long and six lanes of racing fun. These aren’t all. Click here to find out about others.

Willow Springs
3903 Willow Springs Road
Phone: 501-888-4148
Web site: www.willowsprings.net

Wild River Country
Interstate 40 & Crystal Hill Road
Phone: 501-753-8600
Web site: www.wildrivercountry.com

Crystal Falls
1701 U.S. 70 East
Phone: 501-624-0100
Web site: www.magicsprings.com

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