The Washington County Fair starts today! 5 fun things to try

ticket infoThe Washington County Fair starts TODAY –  Tuesday, Sept. 1, in Fayetteville and we’ll definitely be there.

If you’re new to the Fair, here are some things that belong on your must-see list:

Take a ride on the wild side. Most of the kids (both young and old) LOVE hitting the rides. And we mamas love snapping a few pictures of our little adventure-loving kiddos on the carousel and the more daring stuff, too.

carousel 680Take a food tour. This fair has some great food, and we love the post our friend Peter just wrote over at Click HERE to see his post which includes a list of all the food trucks that will be at this year’s Fair.

Delicious-BallsMeet the goats. And the cows, and pigs, and chickens. Local mom Janeal Yancey, who blogs over at, wrote a post recently with an awesome run-down of everything you need to know about visiting the Livestock Barn with your kids. Click HERE to read it.

animalsWatch the high drama of bull-riding. The 2015 Bull Buck Out, sponsored by Everett, will happen September 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. (Also, don’t miss the always-popular Mutton Busting. Sign-ups start at 6:30 p.m.)

bronco_tallTake in some art. It’s always fun to see the art and produce winners. Cruise through and see everything from quilts to canned goods to expertly grown potatoes!quiltsWe hope you and your family have an amazing time at the Fair this year. Snap some photos and share them with us on Facebook! (And our thanks to the good folks at the Washington County Fair for letting us send FOUR of our nwaMotherlode readers to the Fair this year with $100 in ride tickets!) Have fun!

Click HERE to visit the Washington County Fair’s website for all the info and details about this year’s Fair.

Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: September 2015

Calendar logo, The Jones Center

First Friday Flicks

The Lego Movie!

Date: Sept. 4

Time: Approximately 8p.m.

Location: Lawrence Plaza, Bentonville

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Lunch Spin Classes

Lunch spin classes will start at The Jones Center on Sept. 4 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 12:45 p.m.

SpinClass_750x375Date: Starting Sept. 4

Time: Noon

Location: The Jones Center, Springdale

More info: Click here

Prairie Grove Clothesline Fair

Date: Sept. 5-7

Time: Starts at 8:30 a.m.

Location: Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

More info: Click here

Labor Day celebration at War Eagle Mill

Labor Day with live music by local country singer, Ronny Gibbons, and jewelry craft demo by Eureka Janet. Enjoy a pulled pork lunch special at the Bean Palace Restaurant as well.

Date: Sept. 7

Location: War Eagle Mill, Rogers

More info: Click here

Labor Day weekend: Celebrate at Crystal Bridges

From Light Night to a tour through Crystal Bridges’ Collection Highlights, your holiday weekend is covered. Learn from an expert in monarch butterflies with a special Discover the Grounds on September 5, enjoy High South Cuisine in Eleven, and stroll through our many galleries—including Warhol’s Nature and Jamie Wyeth. The Arkansas Democrat Gazette recently interviewed Wyeth as he shared stories of Warhol, his thoughts on viewing his own work, and the lessons learned from his father and grandfather. Spark creativity with our Experience Art Studio, a fun discovery space for both children and adults featuring a creative play space, art-making supplies, toys, and games to enjoy together.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

Time: Varies

More info: Click here to read about more upcoming events at Crystal Bridges

Teal Talk luncheon

In honor of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, First Security Bank is hosting a Teal Talk luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The event will provide information on ovarian cancer prevention, detection, treatment and recovery from physicians and experts in the community.  According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in women age 35-74. One in 72 women will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetimes. In Arkansas, approximately 200 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and 150 deaths occur per year from this disease. The event is free, but seating is limited. Call (479) 527-7015 to reserve your ticket, or stop by any First Security Banking Center.

Date: Sept. 8

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: John Q Hammons Center at 3201 Pinnacle Hills Parkway in Rogers.

More info: Click here

Farmland Adventures Corn Maze/Pumpkin Patch

Fall outdoor family fun on the farm. A variety of attractions including a 9-acre Giant Corn Maze, a pumpkin patch, pony rides, farm animals, pig races, a kids play area and more. Open September 11th to November 7th on Fridays from 1PM-9:30PM and Saturdays from 9AM-9:30PM.  Also available for group outings or birthday parties. NOTE: Farmland Adventures will be selling Christmas trees this year! They’ll be open for the holiday season from Nov. 27th through Dec. 19th!

farmlandDate: Open Sept. 11-November 7

Time: Fridays, 1-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Location: 5355 Parsons Rd, Springdale

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Chefs in the Garden

An evening of cooking demonstrations, samplings, wines that complement each dish and a complimentary bar to complete the evening.

Date: Sept. 15

Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

City of Rogers 4th Annual Dog Show

Registration starts at 5:30pm. Dog show with 8 categories for a doggone good time with your doggie best friend. $8 to pre-register – $10 at the event. Showcasing 6 free dog adoptions (all spayed/neutered and ready for a forever home) All from Rogers Animal Shelter. Winning categories – 1st, 2nd and 3rd place: Best kisser, Best trick, Best Looking Big dog, Most fabulous fella, Most stunning small dog, Best costume, Loveliest lady, Most gorgeous golden oldie and Best in Show. Rogers Police Department K9 demonstration while judges vote. ALL proceeds go to the Rogers Animal Shelter.

Date: Sept. 18

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Location: Frisco Main Stage, Rogers

More info: Click here

Exeter Corn Maze

Corn Maze: Enjoy seven acres of twist and turns, over scenic bridges, check out our observation tower and while your in there make sure to find the clues to help navigate your way through. Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkin Jump. Zip Line: Fly through the air from one tower to the next on the most popular activity in the barnyard. (Riders must meet 5 ft height illegibility.) Pumpkin Canno. Cowtrain. Corn Cannons. The Shootout Shack. Free Campfire Areas. Hayrides. Lots of Free Activities including: slides, indoor zip line, barn swings, petting zoo and more. Zombie Paintball. The Harvest of Terror. The Haunted Barn.

exeter corn mazeDate: Opens Sept. 19

Time: Varies


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Bikes Blues & BBQ

Date: Sept. 23-26

Time: Varies

Location: Varies

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Annual Northwest Arkansas Author Book Fair

Meet and greet talented local authors and illustrators who will read and talk about their books in the Library’s Children Auditorium! This event is free and open to the public.  For more information visit the Reference Desk or call 479-750-8180.

Date: Sept. 26

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Springdale Public Library

More info: Click here

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Library will hold the annual Book Sale Wednesday, September 23 through Saturday, September 26, in the Shiloh Room. On the final day of the sale, a $2.00 bag sale will start at noon and continue until 4:30 pm.

Dates: Wednesday, September 23 – Saturday, September 26

Location: Springdale Library

More info: Click here

Upcoming event:

The Expelled Haunted Attraction

Oct 1st = $8 / Sissy Night (some overhead lights on, as well as all set lets. NO ACTORS) This night would be ideal for anyone wanting to see the haunted house and all of its spooky details, without having to worry about being scared by any actors.

Oct 8th = $10 / Family Night (no overhead lights, all set lights on. Some actors) This night falls somewhere in between Sissy night and the regular season event. There will be some actors, but children (or terrified adults) get to control the scare. Each group will be given a flashlight upon entrance and if the actor is too scary for the child/adult then they’ll shine the flashlight on them, and the actor will cower away (as if they’re afraid of the flashlight).

Date: Oct. 1 & 8

Time: Varies

Location: Huntsville (click here for directions)

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What To Do this Fall: Upcoming events at Crystal Bridges

So what do we have to look forward to at Crystal Bridges Museum this fall?

As always, LOTS!

See below for some awesome events, but first, have you heard about the new 30-foot-tall sculpture at Crystal Bridges called Maman?

Like an umbrella against a storm, Maman shelters the space, looming over us in a protective, yet mysterious way. “Maman” is the French word for “Mommy,” and for the artist, the image of the spider refers to her mother, whom she has described as her closest friend. Though spiders can inspire fear for some, Bourgeois thought of the spider as caring, helpful, and hard-working—the way she remembers her mother.

The sculpture balances delicately on leg-tips only a few inches wide, and seems to stand precariously on upward-arching appendages that bend unevenly, as if she is warding off a strong wind, or reeling from a blow. Yet stand she does, somehow managing to be simultaneously aggressive, protective, frightening, whimsical, fearsome, and fearful, all at the same time.

Since installing Maman, one question has surfaced again and again: “How in the world did they get that in there?” Here’s how:

Cool, huh?

OK, so on to events!

The museum will continue to have “Nightcap Tours” into the fall.

The next one is this Friday night (Aug. 28th) from 7:30-8 p.m. The tours focus on 3 or 4 of Crystal Bridges’ most popular artworks.  and last 30 minutes. Meet in the main lobby. Free, no registration required.

preschool art

Preschool playdates at Crystal Bridges Museum

Sept. 2, 9 and 16th: Preschool Playdates

Cover the basics of art this fall, starting with lines! All materials are provided. $45/3 classes for one child plus an adult ($36 for Members), register online HERE or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335. 3 Classes: Wednesday, September 2, 9, and 16, 1 to 2:15 pm

Labor Day weekend: Celebrate at the museum

From Light Night to a tour through Crystal Bridges’ Collection Highlights, your holiday weekend is covered. Learn from an expert in monarch butterflies with a special Discover the Grounds on September 5, enjoy High South Cuisine in Eleven, and stroll through our many galleries—including Warhol’s Nature and Jamie Wyeth. The Arkansas Democrat Gazette recently interviewed Wyeth as he shared stories of Warhol, his thoughts on viewing his own work, and the lessons learned from his father and grandfather. Spark creativity with our Experience Art Studio, a fun discovery space for both children and adults featuring a creative play space, art-making supplies, toys, and games to enjoy together.

Sept. 4: Light Night Party

lightnight_webheader-300x155Join Crystal Bridges for a turn-of-the-century urban experience inspired by the 1893 World’s Fair. This steampunk-Vaudevillian party will feature live musical performances by multi-instrumentalist That 1 Guy, popular Fayetteville group Randall Shreve & The Devilles, and Wini Rubi.

Start the night with Downtown Bentonville’s First Friday, where the Square will transform into a giant block party for the entire community. Then meet in Dave Peel Park at 7:15 p.m. for a group bike ride with Phat Tire. You’ll decorate your bike with bring-your-own light or steampunk accessories and take off at 8 p.m. The ride ends at Buckyball, where our party begins.

Crystal Bridges will host a variety of activities, such as a photo light-drawing booth by renowned artist Chris Look, participatory carnival tents by NWA artist Jennifer Gilder, tinker projects by Amazeum, and demonstrations by Fayetteville-based sculptor Eugene Sargent. Explore early technological inventions from light bulbs to Ferris wheels, and enjoy a film adaption screening of the Jules Verne’s classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Come dressed for the occasion in your favorite steampunk or Victorian outfits. Food trucks and a cash bar will be available.

Free, no registration required. CLICK HERE for more details.

Sept. 7: Yoga and Art

yogaYoga Story’s Cindee Joslin leads an uplifting group class uniting the power of art with the beauty of nature. Enjoy this mind/body experience in the Museum’s Great Hall, complemented by views of Crystal Bridges’ ponds, forest, and architecture. Participants should bring their own yoga mat and dress appropriately.

$5 (Free for Members), register online HERE or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Oct. 3, 10 and 17th: Young Artists Class ages 5 to 10

Discover the many styles of painting explored by Alfred Maurer throughout his long career. Students will use what they’ve learned as they paint in the studio. $45/3 classes ($36 for Members), register online HERE or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335. 3 Classes:
Saturday, October 3, 10, and 17, 10:30 am to 12 pm

CLICK HERE to see what else is going on at Crystal Bridges over the next few months!

Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: August 2015

Yarnell’s Ice Cream Festival

Free samples of Arkansas’ Yarnell’s ice cream, $1 Coke floats during the Bentonville Farmer’s Market.

Date: Aug. 1

Time: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Bentonville Square (during the Bentonville Farmer’s Market)

More info: Click here

bville ice cream festival

Tontitown Grape Festival

The 117th Tontitown Grape Festival will have Armband Nights, Grape Ice Cream, those Famous Spaghetti Dinners, Arts & Crafts, Free Concerts, Carnival Rides, and more. Free parking, admission and nightly entertainment.

Date: Aug. 4-8

Time: Varies

Location: Downtown Tontitown

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Fayetteville First Thursday

Date: Aug. 6

Time: Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Fayetteville Square

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Dive-In Movie at Wilson Pool

Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ (2014) follows the special bond between Hiro Hamada and his giant inflatable robot, Baymax through a high-tech action adventure where an unlikely group of friends team up to right the city of San Fransokyo. Join Fayetteville Parks and Recreation and Fayetteville Firefighters Association for this summer’s final showing at Wilson pool of Disney’s fun-filled, action-packed “Big Hero 6.

Date: Aug. 7

Time: Gates open at 7:15 p.m. Movie starts at dusk.

Location: Wilson Park pool, Fayetteville

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First Friday Flicks, Bentonville

Movies begin around 8 p.m. and are free. Paddington.

Date: Aug. 7

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Lawrence Plaza, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Secchi Day on Beaver Lake

The 10th annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake will be Saturday, Aug. 15, at Prairie Creek on Beaver Lake five miles east of Rogers on Hwy. 12. The event is named for the Secchi Disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity.

There will be a Science Education Festival with activities for all ages, with a mobile aquarium, on shore scavenger hunt with prizes, free lunch and ice cream, kayak test rides, microscope activities, a photo contest and more. This event is free and open to everyone.

Date: Aug. 15

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Prairie Creek on Beaver Lake

More info: Click here

secchi day

Frisco Festival

There will be live music plus the Kids’ Zone will feature fun activities including the Bungee Trampoline, remote-controlled cars, giant inflatable slides, a climbing wall and more. Music includes Ultra Suede and Trout Fishing in America.

Date: Aug. 28-29

Time: Varies

Location: Downtown Rogers

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Slide the City Fayetteville

At Slide The City Fayetteville there will be two sessions. The Day Session will be from 11am – 3pm with an additional two hours from 9am – 11am for Unlimited Sliders. The Evening Session will be from 5:30pm – 9pm with an additional two hours from 3:30pm – 5:30pm for Unlimited Sliders. If you’d like to attend both sessions, you must have a ticket to each. You can select your session/wave time during the registration process.

Before you jump on the Slide, head to the registration tent to check-in and pick up your goodies.  Based on what you registered for, you will receive a wristband which gives you access to ride the Slide. Hang onto your wristband or you won’t be able to ride. For maximum speed and safety all sliders must have an inflatable tube to ride. 

Children must be at least 46 inches tall or 5 years old to slide. If they don’t meet either requirement they will be denied access to the slide. Riders must also go down on their own tube. Lap riding is not permitted.

Date: Aug. 30

Time: Varies (see description above)

Location: Dickson Street from Church Avenue to West Avenue

More info: Click here

slide the city

Washington County Fair

Date: Sept. 1-5

Time: Varies

Location: Washington County Fairgrounds, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

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Outings under $20: Northwest Arkansas Amazeum

amazeum building

Hooray, The Scott Family Amazeum opens on July 15th!

We definitely wanted to get this new children’s museum on our Outings list. Now, it’s not free, but the math works out to under $2 per person if you go every week after buying a family membership for a year. The annual membership fee (for a family of four) is $95. You can add more people to the family membership for an extra $25 each.

The Amazeum recently announced that its hours of operation will include special evening hours and member exclusive opportunities. Beginning July 15, the Amazeum will be open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The museum will be closed on Tuesdays (it’s over by Crystal Bridges Museum, which is also closed on Tuesdays).

Through Labor Day, the Amazeum will remain open until 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Amazeum logoCharter memberships are available for purchase at Members will be able to enter the Amazeum on opening day beginning at 9 a.m.

Membership benefits include reciprocal admission with science and children’s museums across the country (including the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock). Full details of membership options and benefits can be found at So far, more than 1,200 memberships have been sold.

A single-day admission will be $9.50 and kids under 2 will be free.

“We are happy to be able to keep our admission at the low end of our goal range thanks to the hard work of our staff and the support of our funders,” said Sam Dean, executive director of the Scott Family Amazeum. “We wanted to keep our admission at a place that was affordable, yet still supported our sustainability as a nonprofit organization.”

Dean noted that the organization’s accessibility program, Amazeum for All, will work to ensure that families and children who may not be able to afford entry are able to visit at no cost. “We were able to distribute the first 550 Amazeum for All passes to Sunshine School and Development Center thanks to support from General Mills generous charter members who made additional gifts. We look forward to growing the Amazeum for All program in the coming months.”

Children and their families will be able to grab a healthy snack or light meal from the quick service café. There’s also a museum store.

More about the Amazeum: The Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive museum for children and families in Northwest Arkansas. The nearly 50,000-square-foot space, located at the intersection of J Street and Museum Way in Bentonville, is designed to engage the imagination of children and their families through hands-on activities and interactive exhibits. Experiences will include a climbable tree canopy, indoor cave, an art studio, and more. Exhibitions will extend to the museum grounds where approximately one acre of land will provide the background for more learning and fun. The Amazeum will also feature indoor and outdoor event space. For additional information about the museum and its progress, visit