Looking for something fun to do this weekend that the entire family can enjoy? The 13th Annual NWA International Festival will be held in historic downtown Rogers this Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual festival is a must-do, which is why it lands at #10 on the 100 Things To Do in Rogers series. Not only does this festival feature some great entertainment, but it's also educational...just don't tell the kids that! Here are all the details you need to know before heading out the door this weekend.
Some of the most scenic and thrilling rides can be found right here in northwest Arkansas, including Rogers. Soon bikers from all over the country will be riding the roads through the Ozark countryside exploring lakes, creeks and historic buildings and towns. An estimated 400,000 bikers will be making their annual pilgrimage to northwest Arkansas for Bikes, Blues and BBQ September 18-21. Even if you can't make the festival, but love to ride, then keep reading. We'll share some of the best routes in the area and best places to check out along the way.
BBB Weekend Events
There are a lot of events planned across the area outside of the official BBB events. Here's a quick rundown of other places to check out while in town.
The final 3rd Friday of the season will bring Rogers a taste of the biggest festival in the area; Bikes, Blues & BBQ will come roaring into Downtown Rogers on Sept. 20. Can’t you just see rows and rows of gleaming motorcycles lined up on Walnut and First Streets? This will be an official event of the BBB festival, featuring BBB merchandise, so come down to pick up your t-shirt and enjoy the show. This event is great for the entire family! In addition to the great local shops and restaurants to explore, you'll also enjoy live entertainment, kids activities and a beer garden to quench your thirst. Third Friday is held in downtown Rogers from 5 - 9 p.m. near Frisco Park.
Pig Trail Harley Davidson
The annual Bikes Blues and BBQ rally featuring over 75 national vendors on site at Pig Trail H-D
starts Wednesday Sept. 18. Live concerts will be held next door at the PIG PEN, (full schedule and lineup available at pigtrailhd.com). A bikini bike wash will be held Wednesday through Saturday, and a Jammin’ for Jesus Celebration will be held on Sunday Sept. 22. For more details and times, visit www.pitrailhd.com.
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.
Summer came back with a vengeance this month with hot, humid weather. As a result, my family has been busy crossing things off our summer fun bucket list that include water and ways to stay cool. If you've been looking for a place to entertain the younger crowd, then you'll love assignment #8 in the 100 Things to Do in Rogers series - Visit Rogers Splash Park. It's the perfect place to cool off...and it's FREE. The park features 10 in ground sprinklers, three water buckets and two movable water cannons. If you are looking for an all-day adventure that is better suited for all ages (ahem...parents included! The slides are so fun!), then you need to visit the brand-spankin' new Rogers Aquatics Park (assignment #6!).
Walmart associates from all over the world will be gathering in northwest Arkansas for the company's annual shareholders meeting this week. While many immediately think of our good neighbor Bentonville as home to Walmart, Rogers also holds its place in history. On July 2, 1962, Sam Walton opened the first Walmart store in Rogers, Arkansas. Store #1 looks much different today than it did 51 years ago when it first opened its doors. From its humble beginnings to now the world's largest retailer with more than two million associates in stores spanning the world. The company's look might have changed (take a look at its first ad announcing the grand opening in Rogers), but thankfully its home has not
. It's amazing to think that this huge company got its start right here in northwest Arkansas, which of course has had a profound effect on our region's infrastructure and landscape.
We have something fun up our sleeves for this week's post! The 2013 3rd Friday series in Downtown Rogers kicks off on May 17 (this weekend!) with a community shrimp boil and live music on the Frisco Stage from 5-9 p.m. Great weather, friends, food and music... all in one place! If you haven't attended a 3rd Friday, you have to now because it's officially your 5th assignment in the 100 Things to Do in Rogers series. In fact, we are so excited to kick off the 2013 season, we are giving away two tickets to the shrimp boil this weekend. I'll get to the details in a bit, but first, let me tell you what makes 3rd Friday a must-do in Rogers.
Northwest Arkansas is abuzz over the Norman Rockwell exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Those who have visited the museum in the past have been able to view the iconic "Rosie the Riveter" painting, which dipicts American life for women during World War II. While the men were fighting overseas, many women took on a new role by working in American factories making war supplies. That riveting inside look into every day life is what made Rockwell famous and now you can view even more of his art during American Chronicals: The Art of Norman Rockwell. This traveling exhibition features 50 original paintings and 323 Saturday Evening Post covers and runs through May 27. You can purchase tickets and learn more about the exihibit by visiting www.crystalbridges.org.
Today I give you your first assignment. I am kicking off the 100 Things to Do in Rogers series with the Rogers Historical Museum. Get ready to jot down a few important things (like how to get there and when it's open) because you'll want to promptly complete your task after you hear all the fun factoids about this place.