If New Year’s Day doesn’t mean football to you there are still plenty of things going on in the South Logan County area, including a New Year’s Eve, South Logan style (see story.)

Walk In The Woods

Start your year with a healthy hike on Arkansas’s highest mountain any time Sunday. Clear, dry, wet, or snowy Mount Magazine State Park offers over 14 miles of trails that lead to scenic overlooks, beautiful waterfalls, and the highest point between the Minnesota/Canada border and the Gulf of Mexico. Park interpreters will lead guided walks to special points of interests. Admission is free. Call (479) 963-8502 for more information.

Specifically, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sunday start your year off with a healthy hike to Arkansas’s highest point. This guided walk through winter woods is a good way to explore Mount Magazine State Park.

From 3 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 31 from the first parking area on Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive you can explore history and nature found along scenic Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive during this easy, guided tour. Search for Townsend’s solitaires, birds seldom seen in Arkansas. Hear about plans for the WPA amphitheater now under construction.

Barrel Racing

Tyler Roberts and The Southern Pride Team will be hosting a $500 added New Years Day Barrel Race, Jan. 1 at the Foothills Arena in Clarksville.

Exhibitions are at noon with the race starting at 3. Contestants must be entered before race starts. Exhibitions are $5 each or three for $10. Open Class $500 added 80 percent payback. Entry fee $45 plus $5 office fee per horse and rider. Youth Class 80 percent payback with entry fee $25 plus $5 office fee per horse and rider. For 8-and-under Pee Wee class $10 entry fee with 100 percent payback.

Come to ride or watch. Concessions on the grounds. A current coggins is required.

Tribute Bands

Although King Michael and The Fab Four are sold out for Center Stage at the Choctaw Casino in Pocola this weekend, the casino is also welcoming The Trio Grande and Troubador Experience at Gilley’s inside the casino.

Trio Grande, a ZZ Top tribute band is set for 10 p.m. Friday. The group from Dallas has been playing together for 25 years and they sure play the part with long beards and fuzzy guitars. Rock out to “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and “Sharped Dressed Man” and many more.

The Troubadour Experience is set for 10 p.m. Saturday. The show features authentic performances of George Strait’s No. 1 hits such as “All My Exes Live In Texas”, “Ocean Front Property,” “The Chair” and many more. The members of The Troubadour Experience are no strangers to the big stage. They have opened national acts like Pat Green, Tracy Lawrence, Gary Allan, The Bellamy Brothers, Tracy Byrd, Chris Ledoux and Deana Carter.

Both concerts are free.