July Outdoors Events

Courtesy: Arkansas Dept of Parks & Tourism

Nautical Independence Day

A unique way to enjoy Little Rock's annual fireworks display is being offered during the 4th of July Celebration sponsored by Arkansas Women's Action for New Directions. Visitors will enjoy the sparkling show from the deck of the USS Razorback submarine, moored at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum on Riverfront Drive in North Little Rock. Also a part of the evening festivities are a holiday picnic supper and music. Admission is $25. For more information visit arkwand.org or phone 501-664-1935.

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  ****************************    Celebrate Summer in the Arkansas Delta!

July in the Arkansas Delta offers some of the area's favorite long-time events!

Celebrate Independence Day with food, fireworks and fun at the 84th annual 4th of July Homecoming and Picnic in Piggott on July 4. The venerable event starts with a parade at 9 a.m. Live music, carnival rides, great food and spectacular fireworks are on tap throughout the afternoon and evening. Call 870-324-0055 for details.

  Fun for the entire family can be found at the 67th annual Homecoming PicnicWynn Park in Corning on July 4. A parade through downtown kicks-off the event at 9 a.m. Several pageants, live entertainments, games for kids and rides are also on this year's schedule. The evening ends with a fantastic fireworks display! Learn more by calling 870-857-3874.
 Have a ding-dong of a great time at the 32nd annual Ding Dong Days Festival in Dumas on July 28-31! Watch as the Ding Dong Daddy and Ding Dong Momma are crowned. Join in for the Ding Dong eating contest. The festival also features rides and activities for children, a parade, live entertainment, and a variety of booths and concessions. Make sure and check out the Desha County Museum Open House and Celebration from 2-4 p.m. on July 25. Visit http://www.dumasar.net/2010-ding-dong-days-schedule.html or phone 870-382-5447 for all the details.

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****************************    Buckin' Bulls
The Professional Bull Riders will be bucking in Springdale on July 9 at Parsons Stadium, located at 1423 E. Emma Ave. The 14th annual Buckin' In The Ozarks PBR Bull Riding is filled with rank bulls, high scores, and big wrecks. The best meet the best at this event. Admission ranges from $16 to $35 for adults or $11 to $35 for children depending on seating location. Visit www.rodeooftheozarks.com or call 479-756-0464 for tickets or information.

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  Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest

Little Rock is hosting one of 26 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contests  taking place this summer. The showdown takes place July 16 in the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Library. It is a preliminary to the tribute-artist finale, Aug. 11-12, during Elvis Tribute Week in Memphis. The contest ties in with the Elvis exhibit of artifacts from Graceland that were significant to former President Clinton and are some of his favorites. Also at the library is the Elvis at 21 Exhibit of rare photographs from the Smithsonian, which runs through Aug. 21. Visit www.Elvis.com or phone 901-332-3329 for more information.

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  Cinematic Education

If you know a youngster that's interested in acting, filmmaking or media arts, this is a wonderful opportunity for them. The 7th annual T Tauri Film Festival and Movie Camp takes place in Batesville on July 18-30 at the University of Arkansas Community College. The workshops are geared toward budding filmmakers ages 18 and under. Log on to www.ttauri.org or phone 870-251-1189 for more information.
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Altus celebrates its 28th annual Grape Festival on July 29-30 in the Altus City Park. Festivities include a grape stomp, games, fresh grapes, food, music, crafts, street dances, cellar and vineyard tours and tastings, Bacchus look-alike contest, and an amateur winemaking contest. The event takes place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Visit http://altusgrapefest.com/ or call 479-468-4684 for details.

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Showdown at Sunset

Enjoy a historical reenactment July 30 of the legendary Marshal Tucker-Parnell Brothers gunfight that took place in Union Square during Showdown at Sunset in El Dorado. Actors dress in true-to-era clothing and shoot black-powder guns that look, sound and smell like the real thing. The event was named one of the Top 100 Events in North America. For more information visit www.eldoradomainstreet.org/ or call 870-862-4747.   Find Places to Stay in El Dorado Find Places to Dine in El Dorado