Thursday, September 25, 2008

Fw: Bored No More for October 2008

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From: "Arkansas Parks and Tourism" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 09:43:14 -0500
To: Mayor James F. Valley<>
Subject: Bored No More for October 2008

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Pumpkins, Gourds and Ghosts

Hayrides, pumpkin patches and numerous other events all celebrate the harvest and the coming of fall. Several opportunities are available in central Arkansas.

J & P Ranch Hayrides at Scott are held on a large farm with a picnic area and include activities for children, horseback rides, hayrides, a petting zoo and an in-season pumpkin patch. Dates are Sept. 28 through Nov. 16; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, weekdays by appointment only.
966 McCoy Lane
Phone: 501-961-9938

One of the oldest is Hardin Farms Pumpkin Patch Festival at Grady and it will be held this year from Oct. 1 to 31. Attractions include an animal show barn, a Native American village, a haunted house, and hay rides. Also on the grounds are a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, a giant tree swing, a hay maze and a Little Farmer's Playland. Call for hours of operation. There is also a restaurant on the farm site.
U.S. 65 South
Phone: 870-479-3978
Web site:

October 3 through 31 are the dates for the Peebles Farms Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch, located on U.S. 64 between Augusta and McCrory. Centerpiece of this year’s event is a 20-acre Ivory-Billed Woodpecker-themed corn maze, along with a 10-acre, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, hay rides, concessions and a petting zoo. Twenty varieties of pumpkins, gourds and fall ornamentals will be for sale. A covered picnic area and a play area are also available. The farm is open late on weekends for evening trips through the corn maze; call for hours of operation.
U.S. 64

Phone: 870-919-6162


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Beware of ghouls, goblins and things that do bump in the night if you’re aroundConway’sCadron Settlement Park, Oct. 10 and 11. These are the dates for the 3rd Annual Spirits of Cadron Ghost Walk to be held at the park located on Ark. 319 off U.S. 64 West. A "haunting" good time will be had by all as visitors explore the past by lantern light as they hear first-hand ghost tales from Arkansas's second-oldest European-American settlement site. Refreshments served at the blockhouse after tours. Hours are 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lynita Langley-Ware

Phone: 501-329-5918

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Relive the Wild West

If you like the Wild West, Frontier Day in Paris celebrates the history of the area and its pioneer heritage and spirit. Taking place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 4 on the Paris downtown square, the events begins with a parade and ends with the Miss Frontier Day pageant for girls aged 0-18. Activities will include contests, arts and crafts and live music. Food vendors will also be on hand.
Phone: 479-963-2244
Web site:

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Grab your bike and meet at the Oakridge Mountain Bike Trailhead at Bull Shoals-White River State Park in Bull Shoals on Oct. 4 for a mountain bike ride. Participants will meet for a short mountain biking program at 10 a.m. followed by a group ride. Everyone will receive a snack and cold water after the ride. The state park offers mountain bike rentals on a first come, first served basis. Rentals are free for this event. There will be two age group courses: 6-9 and 10-and up.

153 Dam Overlook Lane

Phone: 870-445-3629


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Quartz Festival

Ever have a desire to dig for crystals? The opportunity will be available at the 24th Annual Quartz, Quiltz and Craftz Festival Gem and Mineral Show Oct. 10-12 at the Fairgrounds at Mount Ida. The three day event offers a Kid’s dig on Saturday. Also on hand will be vendors, crafts, gems and more.

Phone: 870-867-2723

Web site:

Scarecrows, Duckies and Hayrides

The 3rd annual Calico Creek Autumn Fest will be held in Calico Rock on Oct. 11. The daylong festival features activities for kids such as making scarecrows to take home, a rubber ducky race, hayrides, arts and crafts and live music.

Rand Park

Phone: 870-297-4129

Web site:


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