Bentonville, Arkansas Joins Epic Rides Off-Road Series

Big news for Arkansas is coming out of the annual Interbike show in Las Vegas, NV last night. With a $160,000 purse, this race should bring some top riders to Arkansas next year. From the news release: (LAS VEGAS, NEV.) Sept. 20, 2017 – Epic Rides today announced the Oz Trails Off-Road backcountry mountain bike event & festival. Utilizing the Oz Trails network at the foot of the Ozark … [Read more...]

Summer Holiday Concerts at the Buffalo Point Amphitheater

The Buffalo National River has scheduled three special concerts this summer at Buffalo Point Amphitheater to celebrate Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. These family-friendly shows are free and open to the public. Enjoy a weekend of floating, hiking and camping and throw in some classic Ozark music to make it an even more memorable experience. Memorial Day Weekend On Saturday, … [Read more...]

The 12th Annual “Buffalo Headwaters Challenge” Mountain Bike Ride

The 12th Annual “Buffalo Headwaters Challenge” weekend hosted by the Ozark Off Road Cyclists is January 27th to the 29th 2017 in Red Star, Arkansas. 3 days of mountain bikes, music, food, and friends just 50 miles east of Fayetteville. Things kick off Friday with a campfire dinner highlighting 2 decades of volunteer trail advocacy as the Ozark Off Road Cyclists, a regional 501(c)3 dedicated … [Read more...]

“Where’s the forks?” Better Practices on Coordinating Responsible Events

By Brannon Pack, Events Coordinator, Ozark Off-Road Cyclists (OORC) Organizing and coordinating large scale mountain bike races and festivals comes with a price… responsibility. A lot of that “responsibility” can be delegated to volunteers, partners and sponsors, but in the end ownership ultimately falls on your club or organization. The Ozark Off-Road Cyclists, a chapter of IMBA, organizes … [Read more...]

Dia de LOST Muertos

Addendum: Today is All Souls Day and Dia de Muertos with yesterday being All Saints Day and Dia de los Angelitos for little ones who've passed. It's a day to pray for the faithful, or for prayers and remembrance of family and loved ones. Yesterday I rode in the Dia de LOST Muertos ride with an altar for my dad, playing his beloved Johnny Cash while we rode. It wasn't a processional like I thought … [Read more...]

Arkansas is A-MAZE-ing – 6 Corn Mazes to Enjoy this Fall

Competing in runs, bike races, climbing events and other outdoor activities is not just about personal goals, it's also about fun. Playing as a family or with friends is the most rewarding part of being outdoors. An amazing weekend outing with friends and family in the Fall is to visit a corn maze. A corn or maize maze is a large field of corn with a maze cut in it creating a unique Autumn … [Read more...]

Hometown Hero

“Go big or go home” is a quote used frequently in the South to describe the motivation and drive behind the scenes. Country music singer Lance Carpenter was the embodiment of that mantra last weekend. Lance knows how to have a good time and his friends, family and fans got to witness this first hand at “Music on the Mulberry”.  Some guests had previously purchased tickets for Thunder on the … [Read more...]

Music on the Mulberry

Country Music singer Lance Carpenter was among the bands scheduled to play at “Thunder on the Mountain”.  When faced with the decision to cancel his plans, he decided, “the show must go on”.  “A negative situation is being turned into a positive situation because of a community pulling together around a local artist who is organizing a music festival in 2 weeks.”  Lance had performed at near-by … [Read more...]

Harvest Festival Bands take to the Natural State

Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival was hosted at Mulberry Mountain this past weekend. An estimated 5000 festival attendees experienced Arkansas’ autumn weather with plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and no rain! The festival has seemed to be plagued by stormy even tornadic weather in previous years. The festival organizers and musicians were quite outspoken regarding the … [Read more...]