October 16th-19th marks a much-anticipated annual event at War Eagle Mill, just outside Rogers. War Eagle Fair has been a fall event since 1954. Bringing in both vendors and visitors from all across the U.S., it’s literally the mother of all craft shows. Along with the War Eagle Fair, War Eagle Mill also hosts the Sharp Show and the War Eagle Mill Crafts Fair…three events in one!
Roger’s Public Library greeted me with the excited buzz of its first official Mini Maker's Faire on July 19, 2014. The air was filled with sounds of 3D printers, sewing machines, and even a hand crafted robot roaming the floors. A Maker's Faire is for anyone who creates or is interested in the creative process. Roger's Mini Maker’s Faire welcomed builders, designers, tinkerers, hobbyists and advocates from the region. The event brought over 1,000 visitors into the library over the course of the day. [Chain Mail Photo]
Recently while I was visiting Hobbs State Park, I drove across the bridge by the War Eagle Mill and realized that while I have seen the mill while shopping at craft fairs or driving across the historic bridge, I've never actually visited the mill. I decided that needed to change...immediately. For assignment #16 on the 100 Things To Do in Rogers series, you must visit War Eagle Mill. Besides for the gorgeous drive to get there, it is a sight worth seeing if you are visiting northwest Arkansas. If you live here, you don't have an excuse not to visit!
They came from all over the United States, from as far as Oregon, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Montana; teams of competitors lined the podium at the Daisy Nationals Opening Ceremonies Friday night, July 4, 2014.
Supporting small businesses is key in every town. I love shopping local in Downtown Rogers! I always find something unique for our home and meet someone new along the way.
With the summer heat just around the corner, you might have to wake up early to accomplish assignment #15 in the 100 Things To Do in Rogers series, which is visit Hobbs State Park. In all honesty, I love to hit the trails in the summer. It's a great place to go because it's shaded, which makes it feel much cooler than doing an activity in the sun...so get your hiking gear ready and head to Hobbs State Park. If hiking isn't your thing, but you still enjoy nature, keep reading. The Hobbs State Park Visitor's Center is a fascinating way to get up close with mother nature, but in an air-conditioned setting.
Hobbs State Park
Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area is Arkansas's largest state park and is blessed with
beautiful terrain and a diverse eco-system. Twenty-two of the park’s 60 miles of border stretch along the shores of Beaver Lake. The park lies between Beaver Lake to the north and War Eagle Creek to the south with acreage stretching across a part of Benton County southeast of Beaver Lake and extending into Madison and Carroll counties.
Hiking & Camping
The park includes a wide variety of trails. I've blogged about my love affair with Rogers Trails and Greenways, so I am really excited that I get to finally run on some trails during the War Eagle Trail Race this year at Hobbs State Park. It's the only trail run allowed in the entire park and what better way to enjoy it than by running with a few hundred friends? If you're into biking, or even riding horses, you can also do that in the park. Read on for the best trails for those activities. For a complete list of trails, click here.
The Historic Van Winkle Trail is a half-mile trail that leads hikers through a tunnel under Ark. 12 to the site of the historic Van Winkle lumber mill and home in Van Winkle Hollow on the West Fork of Little Clifty Creek. View the remnants of a sawmill and an antebellum garden owned by Peter Van Winkle during the 19th century. This is a good one for the youngsters, since it's short and easy for their little legs.
It's been about a year since we last updated you all on all the exciting growth that has been happening in Rogers. Last year we saw tons of new restaurants and shops open in Rogers and guess what folks, the same can be said for 2014! I'll break it down by shopping district again so you'll know exactly where to find all the great new places.
Visiting War Eagle Cavern has been on my to-do list for years and was finally able to cross it off recently, so I'm challenging you to do the same! Visiting War Eagle Cavern is coming in at #14 on the 100 Things To Do in Rogers list. This activity is great for people of all ages and is wheelchair and stroller friendly!
War Eagle Cavern features a beautiful natural entrance right along the shores of Beaver Lake. We took the 60 minute guided walking tour thorugh the cave, complete with hibernating bats, panned for gems and did some hiking around the lake. It was a great way to spend a lovely spring day.
For shopaholics like myself, the best way to see a town is through its shopping and Rogers is a goldmine. There are unique stores scattered all around town that really give you a taste of the local flare, and visiting these shops lets you meet some wonderful local business owners. On a recent day trip, my mom and I decided to have a girls' day of shopping and eating - two of our favorite things!
I grew up in a home where eating out was a treat. The upside of that means that I grew up in a home where my mama always had a homemade meal on the table and dinner itself was always a treat in our house (maybe because it was clean out the refrigerator night or maybe because it was my favorite beef stroganoff, made only the way your mama can). While some might think it was the delicacy of growing up in a traditional southern home, I like to think that it gave me an astute palate for amazing food and mealtime experiences. Mealtime was after all the place we gathered; the place where daily schedules were discussed, struggles were worked through and my greatest childhood memories were made. So, it stands to reason that gathering around the table is always a special time for me.