Area gears up for trio of weekend festivals and events
Fall weather brings with it fun festivals and events in the area and for the weekend of Oct. 2-4, a trio of fun family events is a relaxing and fun way to spend the weekend in Sharp County.
On Friday, Loberg Park is the place to be as Hardy welcomes the 6th Annual Turtle Island Pow Wow, going on through Sunday. Homesteaders Day, another popular event is Hardy is also being held on Oct. 3 at the park.
The Turtle Island Native American Association of Arkansas' celebration of Native American heritage is held each year in October. The three-day event includes traditional dance and drumming, a princess contest, as well as a trading area where Native American arts and crafts are available for purchase. The event is held in Loberg Park on the banks of the Spring River, the traditional camping grounds for the Native Americans during summer solstice. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the dancing.
In conjunction with the Pow Wow, the city also celebrates Hardy Homesteaders Day on Oct. 6. Visitors will be able to relive the experiences of the pioneers who settled the Arkansas Ozarks at the annual event. Wagon rides, live music and dancing, period dress contest and children's games are just some of the event activities. Visitors will see character portrayals of the tradesmen, craftspeople and settlers with live demonstrations of: Quilting,Working Cross Cut Saws, Spinning and Weaving, Corn Grinding, Mule Jumping, Cooking on a Wood Stove, Open Fire Cooking, Butter Churning, Soap Making, Working Forge, Shingle Splitting, Candle Dipping, Dutch Oven Cooking, Working Horses and Oxen, Traditional Music and "Yarn" spinning. The event is a way to transport the youth of today to the days of yesteryear. Also this year Homesteaders Day will feature Bruce Fernimen and his Whoa Mule Band from Mtn. View.
Cherokee Village's third annual Harvestfest is set for Saturday, Oct. 3 with an exciting new theme, "Twisted Candyland." Based on the popular board game Candyland, Harvestfest offers the opportunity for an adult and youth participant to win $250 by playing the live version of Candyland.
Pamela Rowland, chair of the event, talked with Villager Journal about the festival. "This is our third one. We have literally built it up from nothing. Mainly we do it for the community. It gives the community a chance to come together," said Rowland. Admission for Harvesfest is $3. Once you receive an armband, you are free to come and go as you please. Additional costs once in the festival would be food and shopping.
One of the favorite parts of Harvestfest is the scarecrow contest for Sharp County businesses. "It is a chance for them to promote their businesses. First place wins $200. We also give out second and third place. We do a Facebook Fan Favorite scarecrow contest where the community gets to vote for that one. They receive cash prizes and ribbons," explained Rowland. The secret judging was held on Friday and the Facebook contest kicked off on Monday. People can go to the Cherokee Village Harvestfest Festival Facebook page. Rowland added that most businesses leave their scarecrows up through the month of October for the community to enjoy.
Harvestfest committee members turn Cherokee Village Town Center into a completely different place. "It is really magical. We do a different theme every year and go all out," said Rowland. The event geared for an audience of all ages, will host local artisans, food booths, games with prizes, a Haunted House, hayride, crafts, a bake off, pumpkin patch, Trail of Treats and will close out the evening with a street dance featuring DJ Muchmore. Harvestfest begins at 1 p.m. and closes down at 10 p.m. "We just try to incorporate something for every age. It is a chance for the community to come together. There is always tons to do. People look forward to our activities every year. It is incredible how we turn town center in a fairy tale land. I have a great team. We all work really well together. It takes months of getting this done," Rowland added.
The main sponsor of the event, Triple R Bail Bonds donates $500 for the big festival give away. The committee created a new way of dividing up the money for this year's event. "This year we divided that up for the kid category and adult category. We will draw names, and they will battle it out on our real live Candyland board game. It will be fun and exciting to watch," Rowland said.