Here are a few of the things going on in the South Logan County or surrounding area in the coming days.
The Altus Grape Festival, sponsored each year by the area’s local wineries – Chateau aux Arc, Mount Bethel, Post Familie, and Wiederkehr – and by area grape growers, businesses, civic organizations and residents will mark its 34th annual of the festival that truly celebrates the grape. Attendees can expect the same fun and quality entertainment and activities that make this successful event the largest in the area, with people from across the U.S. and even international visitors attending.
Festivities include a Friday night street dance until 11 p.m., a variety of live music, grape-related games for children and adults, the popular grape stomp competitions, quality juried arts and crafts, wine and juice tasting by all local wineries, and more! You won’t want to miss the media grape stomps at 6:15 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday when area TV, newspaper and radio personalities compete.
Amateur winemakers are invited to bring the best of their homemade wine to the Amateur Winemaking Competition at the celebration of the grape with a $100 cash prize for the best grape wine. For further information on the winemaking competition, please call 479-508-7649.
Set for Friday and Saturday, July 28-29 at Harry E. Kelley Park, 121 Riverfront Drive, the third-annual, all-ages Peacemaker Festival will feature performances by Gov’t Mule, Jamey Johnson, Hayes Carll, North Mississippi Allstars, Andy Frasco & the U.N., Natalie Stovall, Greyounds and Split Lip Rayfield.
Gov’t Mule will take the stage with a “surprising, wide-range set list” the evening of July 29 to appease fans and reel in future followers, singer-guitarist Warren Haynes said recently.
The festival runs from 6 p.m. on Friday to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
The Summer Art Spectacular Market will be held at Ross Pendergraft Park, located at 200 Garrison Avenue in Fort Smith this weekend. The event is sponsored by Rivervalley Artisan Market
Starting at 11 a.m. on Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th, the kids area will have some chalk to let your budding artists join the artistic fun. Or if you want to sing, dance, acro or perform, that’s okay too. Artists of all kinds to welcome to share their gifts as Fort Smith becomes Art Heaven.
Bonus Idea: Old School
How do you cool off on a warm Sunday afternoon? Why not eat a delicious make your own ice cream sundae, enjoy a cookie, and finish it off with an old fashioned trolley ride? On Sunday afternoon, July 30 you can step back in time at the Fort Smith Trolley Museum library. But be wary of the ice cream bandit.
Admission is $5.00 which includes the ice cream and trolley ride. This year the event will include the opportunity to make ice cream sandwiches and an old fashion root beer float. The ice cream is available on a first come, first served basis and will be served until it’s sold out, so you may want to be early.