So successful was the reunification of the annual October Daze and running of the Arkansas Marathon last year, the two events will be held simultaneously again this year.

The two events had been combined six years ago the annual downtown October Daze festival and the hosting of the Arkansas Marathon were conducted on the same Saturday but held then in two locations, volunteers for the events were spread pretty thin.

A hit at last year’s festival, the helicopter rides have been canceled for this year. The Memorial Day weekend deaths of Booneville native Evan Crocker and his wife, whose Tulsa-based company had provided the rides last year, left Booneville Development Corporation/South Logan County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Susan Featherston searching for a replacement.

She said last week no replacement could be found.

Although it will still stop and start in the downtown area, there will be a minor change to the 49th annual Arkansas Marathon, and its subsidiary races, in that the starting/finish line will be in front of the State Revenue Department office on Broadway.

The races, including the half-marathon, 10K and 5K will start at 7 a.m.

While awaiting the return of the runners of the longer races, the festival — Broadway will be blocked off from First to Main Street — will be in full swing, starting with the opening of the Kids Zone and announcement of the 5K winner at 8 a.m.

The Kids Zone is slated to be open until the festival closes at 5 p.m.

One of the new attractions, a largest buck display, will begin at 9 a.m. and Arkansas Game & Fish officials will be on sight to name the winner.