The day is starting off with a Kiwanis sponsored pancake breakfast at the Horseshoe Bend airport, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Registration for the Young Eagle's Fly In will begin at 9 a.m. Weather permitting, we will have at least five airplanes taking children aged eight to 17 (with parent's permission) up into the wild blue yonder to earn their flying wings. Flights will be taking off from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Turkey Mountain Golf Course will host a three-person scramble tournament with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and cash prizes will be awarded at 2:30 p.m. Contact Chuck McNeight at 670-5252 to sign up.
The Lawn and Garden section will host Janet Carson, Extension Horticulturist with the University of Arkansas and author of "In The Garden," a weekly column in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Janet will be broadcasting her Saturday morning radio show live from the Chamber of Commerce office in the Diamond B Mall, followed by a question and answer session from the audience. John Deere equipment will be on display along with Scott's Lawn Care, siding, windows and sunroom vendors, Master Gardeners from Izard and Stone Counties and landscaping vendors with ideas for beautifying your lawn and gardens.
The Kid's Corner includes a bouncing castle, a Velcro wall, a five-in-one bouncing house, the FNBC train, pony rides, over 15 various prize winning relays and games and just added, the Boy Scouts of America Regulation Pinewood Derby. So kids bring your regulation derby cars to win prizes.
The Arkansas Forestry Commission's Smokey Bear will be on hand to help with fire safety tips. Live animals will be in the Animal Kingdom with dogs, cats, horses and a pony ride carousel.
Diamond B Mall vendors will have a sidewalk sale inside the mall with more vendors and a bake sale hosted by the Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club.
The Food Court will have over 15 different vendors from gourmet sandwiches, hamburgers, brats and BBQ to funnel cakes, kettle corn and ice cream treats.
There will be over 45 crafters and vendors who will have jewelry, candles, knives and swords, Pampered Chef, Avon, seasoning and spices, scrapbooking, jelly and jams, quilting, Christmas ornaments, boating safety information, blood pressure testing and several informational booths.
The upstairs mall will host an art gallery with photography, pulp art and the Strawberry River Art Association exhibit.
Relax during the day and have a 15-minute massage with all proceeds for massages going to the American Cancer Society. Or stroll across the street to the new car displays from Dillard-Fowlkes, Freedom Ford and Mark Martin Chevrolet.
Throughout the day, the Gazebo will host live entertainment, including Square Dancing, a Southern Faith Gospel Group, a chainsaw wood carving demonstration from local artist, Martin Smith, the Good News Puppet Team and a chance to meet and greet local politicians.
The Big Thunder potato shoot competition will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with cash prizes for the winners. This event is open to anyone bringing their own potato gun and potatoes.
Enjoy the "beauty" of Horseshoe Bend at the Men's Beauty Pageant in the Horseshoe Bend theatre. Witness ten of the city's most beautiful men and vote for your favorite "beauty."
The day will end with a hog roast supper and a performance by the band Heywyre will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for your dinner entertainment and the street dance.
All in all, it's going to be a fun filled day for everyone. Horseshoe Bend Dogwood Days Festival is sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce. The festival is located in downtown Horseshoe Bend, Highway 289, north of Highway 56 (Franklin) and south of Highway 62/412 (Glencoe).