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Here’s what’s happening in the Heart of Arkansas:
Main Street Batesville will host Calling the Frogs Saturday, April 10th in Maxfield Park, located in downtown Batesville. The event will celebrate springtime and Earth Day. Activities will include a “Calling the Frogs” ceremony at 11am. A bottle cap mural will also be constructed and local musicians will be performing. For more information, visit mainstreetbatesville.org.
The Searcy Baseball Opening Day Celebration will be held Saturday, April 10th from 11am – 2pm at the Searcy Sports Complex. There will be bounce houses; a check your speed radar booth; a homerun derby; a Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run for ages 7 – 14; and free lunch. Wear your jersey and hat for a group picture at 12:30pm. Everyone is invited to attend.
The 7th Annual Shine Your Ride Truck, Bike and Car Show to benefit the Sunshine School will be held Saturday, April 17th at 1000 Truman Baker Drive in Searcy. Registration will be held from 8am – 11am. The registration fee is $20 for judging and $10 for display only. The show is open to all years, all makes and all models. All proceeds will go to the Sunshine School in Searcy.
The White County Master Gardener Plant Sale will be held Saturday, April 17th from 8am – 2pm at the White County Cooperative Extension Service, located at 2400 Old Searcy Landing Road in Searcy. Covid guidelines will be followed. All proceeds will fund scholarships for area students. For more information, call 501-268-5394.
White County and the city of Searcy will host the Spring County-Wide Cleanup Thursday, April 22nd and Friday, April 23rd from 7:30am – 5pm and Saturday, April 24th from 8am – 2pm. Just look for the signs on Davis Drive in Searcy. Those participating in the cleanup must have proof of residency in White County. A mask is recommended for check-in. Items that will be accepted include regular size tires off the rim, appliances, scrap metal, furniture, bagged trash and all paint in dry form. Items that will not be accepted include concrete, masonry, brush, vegetation, chemicals, batteries, electronics, liquid paint and tractor tires. For more information, call 501-279-6200.
The Clinton Yellowjacket Band will host the Clinton Bands Spring Concert Thursday, May 6th at 6pm at the Clinton High School Auditorium. Admission is free and everyone is invited to attend.
The Fairfield Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will host Cupcakes and Characters Saturday, May 22nd from 10am – 12 noon at the Chamber of Commerce, located at 365 Dave Creek Parkway in Fairfield Bay. Parents are invited to bring their children out to enjoy a cupcake and refreshments, and take pictures with all kinds of characters. This is a free event, but donations will be taken for playground equipment for Shirley Schools, the Fairfield Bay Animal Protection League and the Van Buren County Literacy Council.
The 2021 Automotive Evolution Truck, Bike and Car Show will be held from 9am – 2pm Saturday, May 29th at the New Life Church, located at 3400 West Main Street in Cabot. All makes, models and years are welcome. The entry fee for judging is $20. The entry fee for display only is $10. All proceeds will go to Beyond Boundaries, a non-profit equine assisted therapy program.
Arkansas Game & Fish and Jacksonville Parks and Recreation will sponsor the 24th Annual Youth Fishing Derby Saturday, June 19th beginning at 7am at the Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex, located at 2800 Graham Road in Jacksonville. Fishing enthusiasts ages 15 and under are invited. Prizes will be awarded. Admission is free. For more information, call 501-982-4171
The Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the First Annual Freedom Fest on the Lake Friday, July 2nd and Saturday, July 3rd at Sandy Beach on Greers Ferry Lake. Activities will begin Friday, July 2nd at with a trap shoot from 9am – 5pm, followed by musical entertainment that evening. Activities on Saturday, July 3rd will begin with a 5K race, followed by the World Championship Cardboard Boat Races at 10am. The event will conclude with a fireworks extravaganza at 9:30pm. Admission to the event is free.
The 2021 Veterans Appreciation Day Truck, Bike and Car Show will be held Saturday, September 18th at McArthur Church, located at 3501 John Harden Road in Jacksonville. Registration will be held from 8am – 11am. All makes, models and years are welcome. The entry fee for judging is $20. The entry fee for display only is $10. All proceeds will go to veterans.