From Our Publisher Heather Baker: A Season to Fall For

It’s said that there are two types of people in the world. And no, this has nothing to do with politics.

There are those who absolutely love summer and are in mourning when it comes to an end. And then there are those who wait anxiously for fall, relishing the cool weather and back-to-school routines.

You can count me in that second group. I absolutely love fall.

There’s something special about this time of year. The temperature is dropping. I can take the top off of the Jeep or ride through Little Rock with my windows down, taking in the cool breeze. It doesn’t hurt that my birthday happens to be just two days after the first day of fall, either – feel free to mark your calendar.

I also enjoy having the kids back in their daily routines of school and extracurricular activities. For my oldest, that includes football. And that’s another great thing to love about fall. Whether it’s Baptist Prep on Friday nights or the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, fall means football. What’s not to love about that?

Fall also marks the beginning of fun events like county fairs and festivals. And in that regard, AY has you covered. This month, make your way up to hill country for the 23rd annual Harrison Hot Air Balloon Festival. This unique event, which is detailed in this edition by our own Joe David Rice, is a must-see, attracting hundreds of hot air balloonists from throughout the South to compete in the famed balloon race.

And while you’re in north Arkansas, be sure to stop by Batesville for famed Arkansas race car driver Mark Martin’s Race for Hope 74. This second annual event, at the iconic Batesville Motor Speedway, helps raise funds for the Mark & Arlene Martin Hope for Arkansas Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children and families across the state of Arkansas. What better way to help Arkansas children than to come out and watch great drivers hit the track?

If music is more your speed, head northwest to Rogers, where the second annual AMP Fest will kicks off this month. This cool event features a handful of local bands, great craft beers and plenty of exciting new technology. It’s truly a unique event you won’t want to miss.

And if we’re talking unique, there’s a place in that part of the state that you won’t find anywhere else. Flamingo Springs Trailer Resort is seriously turning heads with some of the most over-the-top accommodations I’ve ever seen. If you’re making your way up to Fayetteville for one of those great Razorback football games, you’ll want to consider stopping in.

There’s just so many great stories crammed into this edition of AY, you won’t want to put it down. And we don’t blame you. From bourbon to pop art, from tamales to murder mysteries, there’s always something here for everyone. As we continue to grow, one thing will always remain the same: AY is the magazine for you and it’s the magazine ABOUT YOU.

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