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Begin New Family Traditions

by Tam McClure
Brave Staff Writer

No matter what time of year it is, the Natural State offers plenty to do both indoors and out. Choose from one our suggestions to make great family memories this season.

Oct. 6-8: Arkansas Apple Festival founded in 1975, brings arts and crafts, fair food, kids activities and apples galore to the Northwest Arkansas Region every October. Just 20 miles down scenic Hwy 62 from Fayetteville, this festival combines down home southern goodness with freshly harvested apples to give attendees just a glimpse of what life was like in the Apple Capital of Arkansas many years ago. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. in the Lincoln Town Square. Learn more at arapplefestival.org.

Nov. 3 : Dancing into Dreamland is the Friends of Dreamland’s major annual fundraiser. 2017 marks the 8th year running! Celebrity emcee’s for the evening will be Craig O’Neal and Pool Boy. Local dancers, from professional troupes to amateur couples and dance classes compete in front of judges and the audience. Dancers are assigned numbers that can be texted in by the voting audience members to win a cash prize. Prior to the competition Hors Devours are served. The dance contest is from 7 – 10 p.m. Beer, wine, and signature cocktails are available. Dress in festive attire. Purchase tickets starting at $79 or tables at dreamlandballroom.org

Nov. 21 – Dec. 31: The 21st Annual Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends is presented by the Pine Bluff Festival Association. This holiday event has long been recognized as the state’s largest drive-through display of holiday lights. The 1.2 mile display will open on November 21st and will continue nightly until December 31. Admission to the drive-through is free but donations are accepted The event is open from 6-9 p.m. each night. Learn more at pinebluffcvb.org

Jan. 13 - 14, 2018: Eagle Awareness Weekend 2018 is a two day event devoted to our national symbol: the bald eagle. A variety of programs are planned including field trips to nearby Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge to watch for wintering eagles and other birds. Learn more at petitjeanstatepark.com

Feb. 24, 2018: Basket Weaving Workshop in Dardanelle brings history to life. The 1800’s brought many immigrants to the river valley. These pioneers had to learn to live off the land. Basket making was an important task for every pioneer. Learn to weave your own Williamsburg basket in this hands-on class. The all day event is 9 am-4pm so bring a sack lunch or plan to visit a local restaurant. The $40 admission fee covers the cost of materials. Class size is limited; preregistration is required by Feb. 9, 2018.. Learn more at arkansasstateparks.com/lakedardanelle

March 16 - 18, 2018: 50th Annual Jonquil Festival at Historic Washington State Park is a three-day festival that heralds the arrival of spring in Southwest Arkansas. Thousands of jonquils welcome craftspeople, entertainers, and visitors to Historic Washington. Unique crafts and foods are just part of the attractions from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tours of the park, historic homes, and museums are available at regular price. Call the park at (870) 983-2684 for details or learn more at historicwashingtonstatepark.com

April 26 - 29, 2018: The 2018 Arkansas Literary Festival will be held in multiple locations throughout Little Rock. The annual celebration of books and the written word is in its 15th year of bringing exceptional authors to the Natural State for four days of mind-expanding and entertaining FREE programs. Learn more at arkansasliteraryfestival.org

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