In association with National Tourism Week in Arkansas, the Mammoth Spring State Park will hold Arkansas Tourism Day, Saturday, May 16 at the park.
A family day of fun is planned with lots of free giveaways including balloons, snacks, punch, live music, ice cream vendor, snow cone vendor, door prizes and giveaway drawings.
A grand prize will be given away through a drawing. The winner will receive a camping package with a Wenger nine-person tent, four camping chairs and three Ozark Trail sleeping bags.
"It's National Tourism Week and we want to celebrate all the wonderful folks that come to visit our state," a spokesman said. "Bring the whole family and enjoy the music, balloons, ice cream, free snacks and punch, door prizes and a grand giveaway. Come join us as we celebrate tourism in Arkansas."
The Mammoth Spring State Park is located at Mammoth Spring. The park is home to Arkansas' largest spring and the second largest spring in the Ozark Mountains. A National Natural Landmark, the spring flows nine million gallons of water hourly. Forming a scenic 10-acre lake, it then flows south as the Spring River, a popular Ozark trout and float stream.
Located near the spring, the park's 1886 Frisco depot will take you back in time to an early 1900s train station. Parked just outside the train station is a Frisco caboose to explore, too. On Saturday, May 16, tours of the Frisco depot will be free to the public.
Also at the park, are remnants of a mill and hydroelectric plant which reflect Mammoth Spring's history.
Park facilities include an information center that also serves as an Arkansas Welcome Center. Exhibits here share the story of the area's history and natural resources. Nearby are picnic sites, a trail, ball field and children's playground.
Everyone is invited to enjoy a day at the park on May 16.