The Mountain View Iris Society has announced the fourth-annual Mountain View Iris Festival will take place Friday, May 6, through Saturday, May 7, with plenty of family-friendly activities and events on the Courthouse Square in Mountain View. 

 

The Welcome Center, located on the courthouse lawn, will provide visitors with a festival program, including details for every event. Volunteers have been helping in organizing festival services. 


Events taking place at this year’s festival include: 

 

Friday, May 6

  • The Carousel Organ Association of America — Happiest Music on Earth Performance 
    • Time: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 
  • Iris Sales and Pre-order for fall irises: Fall orders will be shipped upon arrival in Mountain View 
    • Time: 9 a.m. -4 p.m. 
    • Place: Courthouse Lawn 
  • Mountain View Iris Society Iris Show — Entries for contest 
    • Time: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
    • Place: Mi Pueblito Restaurant 

 

Saturday, May 7 

  • The Carousel Organ Association of America — Happiest Music on Earth Performance 
    • Time: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 
  • Iris Sales and Pre-order for fall irises: Fall orders will be shipped upon arrival in Mountain View 
    • Time: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 
    • Place: Courthouse Lawn 
  • Corvette Car Show 
    • Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
    • Place: Street west of courthouse 
  • Paint an Iris — children’s event with materials provided 
    • Time: 10 a.m. -12 p.m. 
    • Place: Courthouse 
  • Mountain View Iris Society Iris Show 
    • Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. for public viewing 
    • Place: Mi Pueblito restaurant 
  • Night Entertainment 
    • Dance to Dixon Street Band 
      • Time: 7 p.m. 
      • Place: Street west of courthouse 

 

Visitors are encouraged to participate in the iris show and photo contest, which will both be set up for public viewing. The contest is free and open to everyone, with the judges’ panel made up of individuals from other iris clubs. Entry of photos will give permission for the Mountain View Iris Society to use in posters and publications. The photos in submissions must be of the genus iris. 

 

Entries for the photo contest will be judged in the following five categories: 

  1. Irises in a landscaped garden, home garden or nature 
  2. A child, a person, or people with irises 
  3. Portrait of a single iris or multiple blooms of the same cultivator 
  4. Pet, wildlife or garden art with iris (no people should be in the photo) 
  5. Mountain View city garden or historic downtown structure with irises in photo. 

 

Youth photographers under 18 years old will be judged separately from adult entries. Best in Show and People’s Choice awards can be awarded to a youth or adult entrant. For more information on photo contest rules, click here

 

Entrants for the Mountain View Iris Show will receive a wooden participation medallion for 2022. For more information surrounding the Iris Show and rules, click here. 

 

Garden and Art booths will be spread around the courthouse lawn on both days from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., with nonprofit corporations from around the state invited to participate. Gardening information will be available for visitors as well as soil testing from the University of Arkansas Plant Health Clinic. The Arkansas Craft School will also be present to answer questions. Guests are invited to visit the gardens on either a volunteer-led tour or a self-led tour. 

 

The Mountain View Iris Festival is an Arkansas nonprofit 501(c)3 and serves Arkansas communities by persevering and cultivating tall bearded iris varieties. For more information on this year’s festival or for volunteer opportunities, visit the Mountain View Iris Festival website

 

 

 

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