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On the radar: 40th annual Lum & Abner Festival

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Lum and Abner was a popular radio show in the U.S. that aired from 1932 to 1954. Chester Lauck played Lum and Norris Goff played Abner. Both Lauck and Goff moved to Mena in 1911 and lived there until their move into show business. In the show they played the co-owners of the Jot ’em Down [...]

Global mountain biking community converges in Arkansas as Bentonville hosts IMBA World Summit

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Gov. Hutchinson announces Cycling Advisory Council, other initiatives to bolster cycling tourism   Arkansas made its mark as a world-class destination for cyclists as Bentonville hosted the International Mountain Bicycling Association World Summit Nov. 10-12. More than 500 attendees from across the globe attended the event, which was held for the [...]

Pea Ridge National Military Park offers recreation as well as preservation of battlefield

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Jill Rohrbach, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism On March 7-8, 1862, some 10,500 Union soldiers turned back about 16,000 Confederate troops who were marching through extreme northwestern Arkansas en route to Missouri with hopes of capturing St. Louis. As a result of the battle, Missouri remained in Union hands for the duration of the[...]

Wolf Pen Gap ATV Trails in Mena

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Among the many prime ATV riding destinations in Arkansas is one of the most popular in the nation, the Wolf Pen Gap ATV Trails in Mena. Wolf Pen Gap was the first trail system built specifically for four wheelers in the Ouachita National Forest. The routes were created by the U.S. Fore[...]

Sites to dive for on Norfork Lake in Arkansas

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Jill M. Rohrbach, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism JORDAN, Ark. – Norfork Lake was created in the early 1940s by the damming of the North Fork River. One of four lakes constructed by dams on the upper White River Basin, it is unlike all of the others because the land was clear-cut before it was flooded. The lake is popular with scub[...]

Cave City Watermelon Festival starts August 11

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The Cave City Watermelon Festival has revealed its 2016 entertainment headliners. This year’s lineup includes three nationally recognized headlining artists, with one performing each night of the festivities. Thursday, August 11th will be headlined by The JJ Weeks Band, whose music has been featured on the official soundtracks for high-profile films “God’[...]