Here are a few of the things going on in or a short distance from South Logan County in the coming days.
During the 1970s, a summer work program called the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) offered teenagers on-the-job training in national forests across America. For seven years, ending in 1979, crews built trails and enhanced scenic overlooks on Mount Magazine. Lifelong skills, friendships, and memories were developed. YCC projects have endured the passage of time, are found in several areas of Mount Magazine State Park, and are important to the park’s heritage.
YCC veterans who served in Arkansas in the 1970s are invited to attend this 40ish anniversary. Reconnect with people that made a difference in your life. Share memories of those summers, so long ago, through photographs. Interpreters will lead tours to many points of interest and present audio/visual programs on Mount Magazine’s YCC legacy.
Specific events include a Cameron Bluff walk at 9 a.m., a get together at the Visitor’s Information Center at 2 p.m., and an audio visual presentation at the VIC at 3 p.m.
The Old Town Merchants Association in Van Buren will hold its annual downtown Junk Fest on Main Street in Van Buren on Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2. The vendors will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday with entertainment provided during the festival.
The Junk Fest will take place on Main Street starting at Third Street to Eighth Street and feature Junk Fest vendors and food trucks. All the local shops and restaurants will also be open. Admission to Junk Fest is free.
Nothing else in the region looks or sounds like this all-ages event that promotes cars and creativity, according to one of its co-founders.
The third annual Rats2Riches Car Show will continue to offer a unique, family-friendly experience via “rolling works of art” for all of those who attend, said John Langham, who started the event with friend Randy Russell. The event includes an indoor/outdoor car show, the Junk’n and Jivin’ Swap Meet and Junk Fest, the Cruise-and-Get-Together event, food vendors, the Flaming Throwing Contest, the Barrel Build Contest and more and will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Fort Smith Convention Center, 55 S. Seventh St., Langham said.
Ice Cream Social
The end of summer tradition, the Ice Cream Social at the Fort Smith Museum of History, is Sunday, Sept. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. The fee is $5 per person for a variety of ice cream flavors and toppings and includes museum admission. Yarnell’s Ice Cream, made in Arkansas since 1932, is featured in the old fashioned soda fountain.
The Museum is located at 320 Rogers Ave in Fort Smith.
All star modified and late models Will be making their final appearance at Crawford County Speedway over Labor Day weekend, on Sunday Sept. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 2:30 p.m. and inspection is at 5:30.
Crawford County Speedway is located at 7118 North Highway 59 in Van Buren. Weekly admission prices are $10 grandstands adult; kids 12 and under with an adult are free; Senior Citizens ages 62 and older, $8; all military past and present free; fireman and police officers half off ticket price. Pit Passes are $30. Special events are slightly higher.
Call or text for questions: Remington at (479) 670-9111; Billy Don at (479) 632-7201; or Peg (479) 632-1996.