Arkansans do love our festivals. We have festivals to celebrate our tasty foods like watermelons, tomatoes, beans, rice, wine, chili and of course barbecue, our wildlife including ducks, butterflies, eagles, bass and catfish and our beautiful music, bluegrass, folk, rockabilly and the blues. Whether we’re celebrating a season, a place or a history, Arkansas does know how to throw a party.
Northwest Arkansas is no stranger to putting on wonderful festivals celebrating the Arkansas outdoors. Earlier this Spring the 26th Annual Ozark Mountain Bike Festival took place at Devil’s Den State Park, just south of Fayetteville, but they aren’t done. Northwest Arkansas has three huge festivals in the next couple of months. Take a quick look at what is in store for you.
First, July 18-20 is the Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival. Three days of mountain biking fun including competitive events like Cross-country, Super D, Trials, Downhill and Short Track. For those who want to just have fun on a bike there are fun rides and several kids events. Add in music, pool parties and the beautiful mountain town and you get one of the biggest mountain bike events in the state. The title sponsor is Adventure Subaru and presenting sponsors include Arvest, DLT Events, Fayettechill, Inn of the Ozarks, Phat Tire, Progressive Trail Design, Progressive Bike Ramps, Saris and Timex.
Second, August 8-10 it’s back to Eureka Springs for the Eurekan. Starting on Friday afternoon with a triathlon at Holiday Island, then bike rides and races on Saturday and finishing with running on Sunday. This event includes special recognition for those that complete all competitive events. Sponsors for the Eurekan Multisport Festival include Eureka Springs Advertising & Promotion Commission, Adventure Subaru, Powerbar, Fleet Feet Sports, Holiday Island, Cornerstone Bank, Michelob Ultra, The Bike Route among others. (Day One, Day Two, Day Three)
Third, September 5-7 Bentonville will be the host for the Slaughter Pen Jam. Starting on Friday night in the town square, spectators will enjoy an evening of trials and bmx stunt demos. On Saturday the party moves to Slaughter Pen Hollow for bike related fun all day including kids and beginner rides, stunt demos and more. On Sunday Slaughter Pen Hollow hosts the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series race. Sponsors include AMP Sign & Banner, Mercy Hospital, Bentonville Convention & Visitors Bureau, FAST, Rush Running, Clif Bar and Crossland Construction Company. (Day One, Day Two, Day Three)