The annual Buffalo River Elk Festival is scheduled for June 26-27 in Jasper.
This year, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold an elk summit workshop during the celebration. The award-winning festival began in 1998 to celebrate the successful reintroduction of elk to Newton County and has been an annual event every year since.
The highlight of the festival is the AGFC drawing for elk hunting permits.
The drawings and most of the activities will be at the courthouse square in Jasper, with a kids' fishing derby on the banks of the Little Buffalo River.
This year the elk summit workshop will be held at the festival.
It will be the culmination of the months-long effort to design a management plan for Arkansas's elk herd. The elk summit workshop will be held at the Arkansas House in Jasper from 10 a.m. until noon.
One of the more popular events returns to the festival again this year -- the on-site drawing for a permit.
One permit will be issued to someone who applies at the Elk Festival. Sign up, stick around and you may win a permit.
For this permit, the lucky hunter must be present.