Summer break may be over, but the fun doesn't have to end. The 29th annual Frisco Festival, which is assignment #9 in the 100 Things to Do in Rogers series, is set for Aug. 23-24. The fun kicks off Friday at 5pm and then continues from sun up until after sun down on Saturday. This huge street party that celebrates the town's rich railroad heritage features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, a beer garden, arts and crafts vendors and much more. From poker runs and 5Ks to pancake breakfasts and talent shows... there's something for everyone over the two-day period. I'll break down the events and activities into categories so you can best plan your weekend so you don't miss out on anything! For more information you can always visit the Frisco Festival website.
Festival Food & Entertainment Garden
Let's start with most people's, including mine, favorite part of any festival...the food! You can get just about anything you can imagine on a stick or battered and deep fried at a festival... and this one is no exception. But it's not just about street vendors and fresh-squeezed lemonade, there's also a catfish fry Friday night and a chili cook-off on Saturday where you can even cast your vote for your favorite. If you are 21 or older and need to wash down all that food, be on the lookout for the new beer garden. It is located right by the Frisco stage on First Street, so you won't miss out on any of the live entertainment. For all of you early-risers, don't miss the Rotary pancake breakfast and Rogers Farmers Market Saturday morning. Be sure to check out the Frisco Festival website for more details on times and locations.
Carnival Rides and Games
It's just not a festival until you've ridden to the top of the ferris wheel and snapped a shot of your bird's eye view. *side note, please share those pictures with us on Instagram! Use the hashtag #RogersAR or tag @friscofestival* The carnival area has rides or games for the littlest of tots to adults. Younger kids can have fun in the Kid's Zone where age appropriate rides and games will keep them busy for as long as you can stand to ride with them. The Kid's Zone is located just off Walnut on 2nd Street. Older kids and adults will want to head to the amusement rides just south of the Frisco Stage on First Street.
Stop by the Frisco Stage for live entertainment Friday evening and all day Saturday. Here's a quick look at the line up. For more information about the bands, click here.
Friday, August 23
6 p.m. Andy Frasco Concert
8:30 p.m. Hot Lix Concert
11 p.m. Festival Closes
Saturday, August 24
10 a.m. Kids’ Concert featuring TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA
11:30 a.m. Ballet Westside
12 p.m. Frisco Idol begins – Centennial Park Stage
12:30 p.m. School of Rock/Rogers Dean’s List
1:30 p.m. Arvest Bank Chili-Salsa-Peno Jalapeno-eating Contest
5 p.m. Frisco Idol Winners
6 p.m. The Ashlyn Metheny Band
8:30 p.m. Backroad Anthem
10 p.m. Festival closes
Brand new this year is a free kids' concert featuring Grammy-nominated "Trout Fishing in America" on Saturday, Aug. 24th at 10 a.m. on the Frisco Stage. The group just released a new kids' CD called "Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers". Come down to dance and sing along with the band!
Bring your family to ride the train during Frisco Festival! A&M Railroad Frisco Excursion Rides begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday at First & Poplar streets. You can park at the depot in Springdale and ride the train to Rogers, where you will debark to enjoy all the fun and activities, and then return to Springdale later in the day or you can come by the train's booth on the corner of First and Popular to ride the train round trip from Rogers to Springdale.
Do you have what it takes to race a train? The second annual "Race for the Spike" bike ride allows riders to try to beat the A&M Railroad train back from Avoca to claim a Golden Spike. The "Race for the Spike" starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday with cyclists heading north on Arkansas Street to Avoca where they turn around and race the train back to the starting point. It's a flat and fast 11-mile round trip, so an average speed of 20 mph should do it! Riders who beat the train will receive a commemorative railroad spike.
If you like a more leisurely pace, try the family-friendly poker ride where riders collect 5 playing cards along the 3.4-mile poker route. It will begin at 10 a.m. Best hands win prizes, and T-shirts will be given to the first 70 registrants. Register on Active.com for $20 for adults, or $7 for children.
If running is more your thing and you're up for taking on the "toughest 5K in Arkansas", then you won't want to miss the Eliminator 5K Race on Saturday, Aug. 24 at Lake Atalanta. The Eliminator 5K starts with a nearly flat loop around Lake Atalanta but the finish is all uphill! Register by Aug. 22 for $25 for adults or $15 for students 13 & under, including an event T-shirt and goody bag (while supplies last). Late registration on the day of the race is $30 for adults or $20 for students. All registered participants also get a free breakfast at the Early Risers Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast!
The festival kicks off Friday night in downtown Rogers at 5pm and goes all day Saturday. Parking is free in downtown Rogers!
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