Giveaway: $500 in ride tickets for the Washington County Fair!

WCF_Motherlode_Ad (2)

Just hearing the words Washington County Fair makes us all giddy inside!

The fair is our family’s annual tradition, not to be missed. From the animals to the fair food (caramel apples! corn dogs! lemonade! funnel cakes!) to the awesome midway of rides, we love visiting the county fair in Fayetteville!

Oh, and did we mention that The Hambone Express is back this year with Pig Races nightly at the fair?

Fair, little piggy

Fun fact, the Washington County Fair is the largest county fair in the state and was founded in 1857.

This year, the Washington County Fair will run Aug. 30-Sept. 3. Yep, that means it starts Tuesday! Gates open at 10 a.m. If you’d like to take your kids this year and have some tickets already in your pocket, we’ve got you covered. We’ve got $500 worth of ride tickets to give away! TWO mamas will each win 250 doll-ahs worth. :)

fair foodHOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win $250 worth of fair ride tickets, just click HERE or click on the word “comments” (right under the headline of this post) and scroll down to the bottom of the comments posted by other moms. Then post a comment telling us about something cool/funny/amazing/life-changing that happened to you at the Washington County Fair! If you’ve never had an opportunity to visit the Fayetteville county fair, tell us what you’re looking forward to doing!

Click here to see the full schedule of events at the fair!

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: Help us spread the word about this giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week.

Our newsletter subscribers get access to the good stuff, including exclusive giveaways (like this one), information about local events, local mom interviews, recipes and more.

It’s delivered straight to your inbox so you don’t miss anything awesome. CLICK HERE to sign up. We won’t fill your inbox with info, no worries. We only send out newsletters when there’s something in it for you — and we know you’ll be interested in hearing about it.

fair logoBE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

CLICK HERE to visit the Washington County Fair website to find out more! CLICK HERE to like them on Facebook and see the latest news! We’ll choose the TWO WINNERS this MONDAY at 5 p.m., so sign up quick!

The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas

Friday 5

fayetteville roots festival1. Fayetteville Roots Festival, through Sunday, Aug. 28. The festival is spread throughout the city of Fayetteville with the main stage hosted at the Fayetteville Town Center, and additional stages held at George’s Majestic Lounge, Greenhouse Grille, Kingfish Dive Bar, and the Fayetteville Public Library.

The festival pays special tribute to regional farmers by working with almost entirely locally sourced food. One of the events, Dig In! Food & Farming Festival will feature the film, At the Fork Film presented by Whole Foods Market. It will be showing Saturday at 3:30 at the Fayetteville Public Library in the Walker Room. Refreshments provided by Black Apple Crossing and Whole Foods Market. An encore presentation of the film will be showing Sunday at 3:30.

For a complete schedule of events over the whole weekend event, click here!

2. Frisco Festival, Friday and Saturday nights. Live music on Friday night and Saturday from 3pm until 11pm. Musicians include: Got It Covered, CalleSoul Salsa, Voxana, The Show and Tellers and Crescent City Combo. Expanded kid zone includes magicians, street performers and games. There will be Southern BMX Stunt Show performing on Saturday, dancing, food and craft vendors and a BBQ contest and chicken cook-off.

frisco festival 2016Click here for more info!

3. Frisco Festival Fun Day at the Farmer’s Market, Saturday, 2-8:30 p.m. The Downtown Rogers Farmers Market wants to join in on the Frisco Festival fun. They will have yard games, live music and a beer garden.

School of Rock Bentonville/Rogers 2pm-4pm
Crazy Mule 4pm-6pm
Squirrel Jam 6:30-8:30

Click here for more info!

4. Midsummer Soiree, Saturday, 5-9 p.m. {Ticketed event} in Downtown Springdale. This event is in partnership with the Lanterne Rouge Fondo that’s happening on the same day. Spend a casual evening on Spring Street for an exceptional midsummer party and al fresco dining featuring delicious foods from Street Dogs Food Truck, Le Bouvier Chef Services, and Ma Mere’s. Drinks will be served from Emma Ave. Bar & Tap / Apple Blossom Brewing Company, Core Public House – Emma St, and Black Apple Crossing. Desserts will be provided by Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe, Pedal Pops, and coffee from ONYX Coffee Lab will be on hand.

Each of these delicious choices will be covered in your ticket price of $35.

Click here for more info and to reserve a spot!

5. Dickson Street Slide, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. This event will have you slip-slidin’ on a water slide spanning Dickson Street from Collier Drug Store to Walton Arts Center.

This benefits Solider On Service Dogs, which will be working with the Dickson Street Merchants Association and the City of Fayetteville, local businesses and nonprofits to provide food, fun, and entertainment.

Click here for more info!

slide

The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas, Aug. 19-21

Friday 51. Secchi Day on Beaver Lake, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. {Free} The public is invited to attend the 11th annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Prairie Creek on Beaver Lake, five miles east of Rogers, Arkansas, on Hwy. 12.

The Science Education Festival includes 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. The event is named for the Secchi Disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity.

Click here for more information!

pokemon go2. Pokemon Party at the Fayetteville Public Library, Saturday, starting at 10:30 a.m. {Free) A whole day of Pokemon fun!

Did you know that the library is a Pokémon Go Gym? They also have two PokéStops! Beginning at 10:30am and continuing throughout the event, FPL will be setting off lure modules at Jabberwocky (the dragon statue in the red Children’s niche) and Undine (the mermaid sculpture on the top floor near the ellipse in Fiction.) Come fill up your Pokédex, collect items, and maybe even catch a rare Pokémon.

Pokémon Safari

10:30am

Beginning in Children’s Library

Beginning in the children’s library, participants will be given a Pokémon scavenger hunt card of characters. As you hike the path lined with PokéStops around the library, search for Pokémon hidden in your surroundings. Play Pokémon Go to collect items, catch Pokémon, and hatch eggs as you walk. After you find all of the Pokémon on your card, return it to the Children’s desk to redeem your Gym Badge!

Who’s That Pokémon?

11 a.m.

Children’s Library

Just like in the Pokémon cartoons! Trainers will be shown a silhouette of a Pokémon and have to be the first one to correctly identify it. Prizes will be awarded!

We will be using the Twitter app to buzz in for questions, so be sure to download it before you come! Twitter is free from the app store for both Apple and Android devices.

Costume Contest

11:30 a.m.

Children’s Library

Come dressed as your favorite Pokémon or trainer! Judging will be based on creativity and originality. Prizes will be awarded for Best Youth Costume (ages 3-12,) Best Teen Costume (ages 13-17,) Best Adult Costume (ages 18 & up,) and Best Family/Group Costume (groups of 2 or more.) Special prizes will also be awarded for Funniest Costume and Most Original! Registration will be at the children’s desk. Be sure to register by 11:15am to be considered for the contest.

Click here to preregister for the costume contest! Click here to read more about the event!

3. 4th Annual Bats & Bluegrass, Saturday {Free} Come celebrate International Bat Viewing Day at the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary for the 4th Annual Bats & Bluegrass Festival. Outdoor activities like nature hikes, fishing, canoeing, and standup paddleboarding will start at 4 PM. There will be plenty of fun, family activities thanks to local businesses and City of Cave Springs. Win a goldfish! IRWP will have fun, bat crafts and ways to find out more about these facinating creatures.

City of Cave Springs will host Cops & Catfish, a fun way to get to know your local policemen and women and learn to catch fish!

Indoors, the IRWP Watershed Learning Center features a cave replica of the original Cave Springs Cave, built by artist Becky Christenson, a local of Bentonville, AR. Crawl through the summer and winter cave and experience what our bats do each season!

At 6 pm, bring a lawn chair or a blanket and set up camp on the natural amphatheater on the north side of the newly established, Outdoor Pavilion. Southern Tradition takes the stage from 6-8 pm to bring bluegrass and entertainment to you and your families.

At dusk, (around 8 pm) join representatives from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and/or The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas for a night-vision view of endangered gray bats emerging from Cave Springs Cave!

This is a family-friendly event that’s free. However, food trucks and refreshments will be available for purchase. (No open fires, grills or alcohol.)

Click here for more info!

4. Buckin’ in the Ozarks PBR, 8 p.m., Springdale. {Ticketed event}

Click here for more buckin’ info!

5. ’80s Night at the Rink, Sunday. For Jones Center Members, 5-7 p.m. This special 1980′s-themed ice skating session sounds awesome. Dress up in your favorite neon, windbreakers, or poofy hair to introduce your children to what life was like in the 80′s. This is a free ice skating event for member only and their families at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Become a member or renew your membership online here http://bit.ly/1Nmq9Vs or by calling 479-756-8090.

Click here for more info on this ’80s night event!

The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas, Aug. 12-14

Friday 51. Moonlight Movie Night: Jurassic Park, Friday night. {Free} Gather the family for another free movie night in Downtown Springdale. On August 12th they’re showing “Jurassic Park” at 9 p.m. Grab your blankets, chairs, and snuggle-buddy and plan to come hungry.

The event is from 9 p.m. to midnight in downtown Springdale.

Click here for more info!

2. Tontitown Grape Festival, Friday and Saturday.

grape festival 2016FREE parking, FREE admission, FREE entertainment, armband SPECIALS each night, & much more.

FREE NIGHTLY ENTERTAINMENT schedule:
Tues 8/9 – 7pm: Backroad Anthem, 9pm: Clayton Anderson
Wed 8/10 – 7pm: Eye for a LiE, 9pm: Maren Morris
Thurs 8/11 – 7pm: Kelly Road Band, 9pm: Shenandoah
Fri 8/12 – 7pm: J.R. & The All Stars, 9:30pm: J.R. Moore
Sat 8/13 – 6pm: Kyla Horton Stephens, 7pm: Kevin Upshaw & One Night Stand, 9pm: John Berry

Click here for more grape info!

MarshallMitchellCMK4 (800x532)3. Super Saturday: Marshall Mitchell’s Cowboy Music for Kids. A Foot Tapping, Hand Clapping, Coyote Howling, Good Time!

Marshall Mitchell entertains young buckaroos and buckarettes through his interactive songs and stories. He intertwines a bit of cowboy history, character traits, and the cowboy way in a fun and engaging performance, making it all relevant in the world of kids today.

Click here for more info on the FPL event!

4. Sock Monkey Improv, Saturday night. We have friends of friends who perform in Sock Monkey. They come highly recommended to make you LOL. It’s live entertainment where, with the audience’s help, they make it all up on the spot. The first show is perfect for back-to-school family fun. The second show is a great “something different” date spot. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 under 18 years.

On Saturday, the “ok for the kids” show is first. The more adult-oriented show is later in the evening.

Click here fore more hilarious details!

5. Razorback Football Fan Day, Sunday. {Free} A family-friendly event for all Razorback fans to officially kickoff the 2016 season!

Hosted by Jon & Deek along with music by DJ Derrick. Enjoy an autograph session with Coach Bielema and players, inflatables, and the opportunity to see the Razorback Spirit Squads — including your favorite Mascot, Tusk. Admission is free.

The event is from 2-4:30 p.m.

Click here for more information about the Razorback fan day event!

fan day

The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas

Friday 51. OK, this is not always a FUN thing to do, but it’s tax-free weekend in Arkansas, so get out there and shop ’til you drop! You can buy back-to-school supplies (Aug. 6-7) without paying taxes!

Click here to see more details about what the tax-free weekend entails!

2. Reading Roadshow at Panera Bread, Friday morning. {Free} The Fayetteville Public Library and Panera Bread are partnering to bring an Interactive Reading Program to the Fayetteville Panera restaurant. The FPL Reading Roadshow is a 30- minute interactive reading session on last one is today (Aug. 5) from 9-9:30 a.m.

The event will be at Panera Bread, 3638 N Front Street in Fayetteville.

This is the LAST Reading Roadshow event of the summer and remember: All children will take home a fresh Panera Bread cookie and moms/dads/caretakers will take home a freshly baked baguette.

First Fridays august3. First Friday Bentonville, Friday night. {Free} On the First Friday of every month, Bentonville Square is transformed into a themed community block party with live music, outstanding food and family friendly activities. Thousands of members come out to celebrate the community. The theme for this First Friday is back to school.

The event is tonight (Friday, Aug. 5) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Downtown Bentonville

Click here for more info!

4. Dog Day of Summer at the Siloam Springs Farmer’s Market, Saturday. {Free} The annual Dog Day of Summer event at the Farmers Market will have: Special Dog-Themed Vendors All Day; 9:30am – Dog Walk; 10 a.m. FREE Contests (no registration required):

  • Cutest Dog
  • Cutest Puppy
  • Dog/Owner Look Alike
  • Best Costume

10:30am – Live Music from Sam Thompson

Click here for more info on Saturday’s event in downtown Siloam!

5. Coffee & Cars, Saturday. {Free} Coffee & Cars in Downtown Springdale will be Aug. 6 from 8a.m. – noon. This family friendly event is FREE and open to the public.

Downtown Springdale will be filled with antique cars, muscle cars, show cars, motorcycles, and your favorite classics the first Saturday coffee and carsof the month through October across from the Shiloh Square.

You’re invited to bring your own car or motorcycle to register for FREE! Five trophies will be awarded by various community leaders including Mayor Sprouse and the Downtown Springdale Alliance.

Complimentary coffee and pastries will be available from Springdale’s own Pontiac Coffee House while supplies last. The Mill Street Market is just one block over – meaning lots of tasty treats and fantastic shopping.

The event is Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon in downtown Springdale

Click here for more info!