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Frontier Days in Paris, 2014

What are your plans for this weekend? Need a fun get-a-way? October 4th…Round ‘em up, head ‘em out, stampede ‘em to Paris!!

The 35th Annual Frontier Days is THIS WEEKEND for celebration and fun activities, THE place for a whoop’n good time.

A parade will kick off at 9a for the festivities. Later, many of the cars parking at the square for the car show from 10a-2p along with a motorcycle show put on by the CMA’S.

Main events are located at the Fair Grounds on E 22 hwy at Airport Industrial Rd just east of Paris proper.

Beginning at at 10 a  until 7 p. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the entertainment.
Here’s the scheduled events:
       10a    Color guard and National anthem at Haguewood prairie.                                    Haguewood Monument
       11a     Movies about Paris History
      12p    July 15th, 1914 Arthur Tillman (hosted by Logan County Museum)
       1p      Patrick Milliard provide vocals and guitar
       2p      Movies about Paris History
       3p      Turtle Race along with Dress review contests.
      4p      Katlyn Culver vocals

5-7p Merilee Voth Country artist
  Other Event throughout the day:
         10-5 Quilt Show in main show room
         10-5 FREE Pumpkin Patch sponsored by friends of CASA
A kids zone packed full of fun activities bounce arounds, train rides, face paining, coloring sheets and free ice cream, pony rides and a petting zoo.
Join us  in Paris and have some real Frontier Day fun family designed make great memories.

 

Butterfly Festival Date Set

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This year’s 18th annual Mt Magazine Butterfly Festival is set for June 20th and 21st at the North Logan County Fair Grounds. Events will be from 10am to 4pm each day.
Butterfly Festival 2014
Enjoy and celebrate the Butterflies in Paris at the 18th annual Mt. Magazine International Butterfly Festival. Live Butterfly Observatory, art show, photo contest, pageant. The event also includes a dog show and contest, live entertainers, new kids zone, petting zoo, pony rides, art and photo show/ contest, helicopter rides, craft and food vendors with more selection than ever before!
Mark your calendars for family vacation weekend if you are traveling in Arkansas and make Paris a place of destination!

The Festival would not be complete without a pageant or queen! The pageant will be Friday June 20th at the Paris Middle School auditorium. $500 scholarship to the winner in the Miss category 16-18, Community Booster Award and photogenic, all ages.

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The annual Art and Photo contest will be a big event this year. There are cash prizes as well as sponsored prizes from Bedford Camera and Video. This year will be open to both youth and adult in both categories.

 

See you at the Festival!

Paris In Civil War History

If you love history and Civil War history especially, then make plans to visit Paris, Arkansas this summer where the Haguewood Prairie Battle was fiercely fought between the Confederate and Union armies. Here is a new story release sure to whet your history appetite!

The Arkansas River Valley has had a very busy and productive year of commemoration of the Arkansas Sesquicentennial.  During the past year, we have held commemorative events in Dardanelle, Fort Smith, and Van Buren and have dedicated a battlefield and monument at Haguewood Prairie near Paris.  A monument dedication for the city of Waldron is planned for May. 

During the coming year, units in the Arkansas River Valley will be honoring the memory of Arkansas’s First Congressional Medal of Honor winner.  First Sergeant William Elise of Company K, Third Wisconsin Cavalry, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor and bravery above and beyond the call of duty of January 14, 1865, at Dardanelle, Arkansas. Haguewood

Elise enlisted in the Union Army at Little Rock, Arkansas. He is representative of the large number of Arkansans (one Arkansan in five who fought in the war did so wearing the Union blue) who did not favor secession.

In January of 1865 the Confederates sent a detachment of troops under Colonel William H. Brooks to harass Union steamboats traveling on the Arkansas River between Little Rock and Fort Smith. To stop the Confederate attack the Union commander at Lewisburg, Colonel Abraham H. Ryan, sent Major James D. Jenks with 276 men to occupy Dardanelle and contest control of the south bank of the Arkansas River.

At 10 a.m. on January 14, 1865, Brooks with 1,500 men attacked the Union forces entrenched on the outskirts of the town and a fierce four-hour battle was waged. In the end Colonel Brooks was unable to overcome the Union defenders of the town and was forced to retreat.

Haguewood MonumentDuring the battle Elise held his position even after receiving three wounds and would not withdraw for medical attention until he received a fourth wound and was ordered to retire by his commanding officer.

The memorial above can be seen on the State Capitol grounds and Dardanelle has erected a memorial near Dardanelle Rock.  A short drive west up highway 22 to Paris will bring you to the Haguewood Prairie Memorial and Monument.  This beautiful rainbow stone memorial was placed during Paris Frontier Days and commemorates the a battle that occurred near the site on September 27, 1863.

News Submission by Curtis Varnell, PhD.

New Director Named for Paris Chamber Of Commerce

Tonya Baumgartner has been named as the new Director at the Paris Chamber of Commerce.

Excited to be a bigger part of helping Paris grow, Tonya is looking forward to having more tourism come for a visit.

Recently, Tonya gave some insight to her passion for Paris. “I have always worked out of town and I really love our town and wanted to be more involved. I have always worked close with the boys and girls club as a volunteer and coach. My husband was raised in the Paris Area and we got married in April of 2001. We wanted to be in Paris and after being married one year we moved to Paris and opened our own business. P & T pest control (Preston and Tonya) was our big adventure. The first few years were a big struggle for a new business in Paris but we did it! I also went to work for a cell phone company and worked from home. We later opened an office in Paris and started hiring office staff and drivers! We owned our successful business for almost 10 years before we closed the doors in 2012. I then was working all over the state and wanted to be close to home.We have 3 daughters and I my hobbies are anything the girls are doing! They all are active in sports so we do a lot of softball, volleyball, basketball and cheer.

When this position came open I received calls from a few people in town telling me I should apply. I then did a little research and decided it was exactly what I was looking for.  My grandpa and grandma were both born and raised in Paris and that is one reason I love our community so much. I never loose interest of the stories about the history of Paris! I am enjoying the position very much and I have really learned that the Paris Area Chamber is much more involved than people realize. I have already worked on the firework displays, the Santa house, the circus, economic development, the farmers market, the Eiffel tower project, the teachers banquet, the butterfly festival, the big to do on 22, meet with city council and fair board all while working on tourism and building up the chambers membership and our new face book page promoting Paris and it’s area! This is all in just 3 weeks!

I know there is a lot more in store for me and I look forward to the challenge.”

Parisarkansas.info welcomes Tonya! With her expertise we are sure that under her leadership Paris will have many new and good things to come.

Paris Gateway to Mt. Magazine Logo

More than 400,000 visitors find their way to Mt. Magazine annually. Being the gateway to the mountain, Paris hopes many will stop for a visit and enjoy the pleasantries of small hometown welcome.

Paris Chamber Director Retires

It is with a heavy heart that this web reports the retirement of Linda Hixson, Director of the Paris Chamber of Commerce.

On Friday, October 25, 2013, a letter was released to the Chamber Members…

Dear Members,

On Tuesday evening at the regular scheduled meeting of the Chamber Board of Directors, I submitted my resignation as Executive Director of the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce.
I am RETIRING from Public Service effective November 8, 2013.  I will see the Chamber through some of the upcoming events (Commissioners meeting & Banquet on November 13 and the Christmas Lighting Ceremony and Entertainment on Saturday, November 30) as I feel it would be very difficult for an interim or a new director or the Board members to complete those events. I will not, however,  be in the office on a full time basis after November 8.
I want to thank the Executive Board and Board Members as well as the general membership, the City of Paris and Logan County officials for the wonderful years of support everyone has given to me since I took the Directorship in July of 2007.  The Chamber has accomplished many good things during this time, and I am proud to have had a small part in those good things.
Our community is well served by the Chamber, its members and Board of Directors.  Our Chamber does as much, if not more, than most of the larger Chambers of Commerce in the state and certainly in our Region,  and I know that the future will hold many more successes as you all continue to build on the foundation that has been laid during the past 68 years of its existence here in Paris!
Thanks to all of you for giving me the opportunity to play a small part in the successes that have been realized in the past 6 years!
My very best and warmest regards to you all.
Linda
We shall miss her vitality, enthusiasm and energy in the promotion of Paris, Arkansas. I  have always enjoyed visiting with Linda and learning from her immeasurable guidance.

God be with you, Linda, we shall miss you greatly. May your life’s successes follow you on all your paths to the future

 

 

34TH Annual Frontier Day Festival

Mark your calendars! FRONTIER DAY IS SATURDAY, OCT. 5. Spend the day in beautiful Paris, Arkansas and experience true home town Americana.

The 34th Annual Mt. Magazine Frontier Day Festival will be located at the Logan County Fairgrounds at 144 Airport Industrial Park and E. Highway 22

The Paris Chamber of Commerce released the event schedule and general information. LOTS to do and a whole day to do it in. Plan to come out~ ‘Where Yesterday Meets Today for a Day’

 

FREE ADMISSION – FREE ADMISSION – FREE ADMISSION

Every year on the first Saturday in October, Paris hosts the Annual Mt. Magazine Frontier Day Festival. The event is a day full of entertainment, contests, and lots and lots of fun. Anyone attending the event is encouraged to dress in Frontier appropriate attire and participate in this fun filled old fashion celebration of our pioneer heritage! For more information, contact the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce at 479-963-2244 or pariscoc@gmail.com

We would like to invite you to join us Saturday, October 5, 2013 in downtown Paris on the courthouse square and at the Logan County Fairgrounds, for our 34th  Annual Mt. Magazine Frontier Day Festival.

The festivities begin at 9am with the annual Frontier Day  Parade which begins at Cloyes Gear and travels East on Highway 22 to 5th street then the square fills up with antique and classic cars for the Annual Antique & Classic Car Show **on the courthouse square this year** 

Opening Ceremonies will be at 10am at the Logan County Fairgrounds with the dedication of the Haguewood Prairie Civil War Battle Historical Marker.

From 10AM-5PM, the day is packed with arts & craft & food vendors, old fashioned games and contests with prizes to the winners.

A Sesquicentennial Civil War Observance with Civil War cannon & musket fire demonstrations, a battle re-enactment, Civil War encampment. 

A pioneer dress contest will be held for men, women & children, along with events like the annual Box Turtle Race, Log Sawing, Nail Driving & Hay Bale Tossing. 

There will be live musical entertainment on the stage inside the Main Exhibit Hall.  Activities for the children are also highlighted throughout the day with old fashioned make and take crafts and educational programs in the Civil War Exhibit area.

The  CASA of the Tri-Peaks,  Logan County 4-H Clubs and the Rural Fire Departments will be hosting a fantasticKIDZ Zone from 10AM-5PM with many FREE or low expense activities.

The Logan County PieceMakers Quilt Guild will have a quilt show held inside the main exhibit hall at the Logan County Fairgrounds from 10-5.

The Miss Mt. Magazine Pageant will top off the fun packed day and will be held at the Middle School Auditorium at 602 North 10th at 5 pm.

Frontier Days Are Coming


The 34th Annual Mt. Magazine Frontier Day Festival is almost here!

Saturday, October 5, 2013. This year the festival will be at the Logan County Fairgrounds, 144 Airport Industrial Park Road & East Highway 22.

 

Paris hosts the Annual Mt. Magazine Frontier Day Festival every first Saturday of October. The  full day packed with events of entertainment, contests, and lots and lots of fun. Attendees are invited to dress in Frontier attire and participate in the celebration of Paris’s pioneer heritage.

Here is the schedule of events…

7:30 am:  Relay for Life 5K Race

9am: Parade followed by  the Annual Car Show featuring Antique and Classic cars on the Court House Square.

10am: Opening Ceremonies will be at at the Logan County Fairgrounds with the318

dedication of the Haguewood Prairie Civil War Battle Historical Marker.

 

 

 

 

We invite you to join Paris Saturday, October 5, 2013 in downtown Paris on the courthouse square and at the Logan County Fairgrounds, for our 34th  Annual Mt. Magazine Frontier Day Festival.

From 10AM-5PM, the day is packed with arts & craft & food vendors, old fashioned games and contests with prizes to the winners. A Sesquicentennial Civil War Observance with Civil War cannon fire, battle re-enactments, Civil War encampment. 

A pioneer dress contest will be held for men, women & children, along with events like the annual Box Turtle Race, live musical entertainment and activities for the children are also highlighted throughout the day.

CASA of the Tri-Peaks, the Logan County 4-H Clubs and the Rural Fire Departments will be hosting a fantastic KIDZ Zone from 10AM-5PM. 

The Logan County Piecemakers Quilt Guild will have a quilt show held inside the main exhibit hall at the Logan County Fairgrounds from 10-5.

The Miss Mt. Magazine Pageant will top off the fun packed day and will be held at the Middle School Auditorium at 602 North 10th at 5 pm.

See you there!

Contestants can pick up an application at the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce. Updated forms and information will be coming soon… so, for more information, contact the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce at 479-963-2244 or pariscoc@gmail.com

 

Paris Seen In New Video

Paris continues to get attention. Such a wonderful opportunity for the attention for bringing visitors, retailers and folks wanting to call it ‘home’.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZICzA1bij0&feature=youtu.be

Mt Magazine Offers New Summertime Activity

Mt. Magazine’s, Brandy Oliver, Park Interpreter reports the park is starting a new activity to encourage people in surrounding communities to get out, get together, and enjoy what the park has to offer. ‘One Sunday every month, we are having a “Picnic in the Park” afternoon.’ says Oliver.

Families are invited to bring a picnic lunch to join in games and nature programs at the Greenfield Picnic Pavilion. The first one will be June 2, at 12:30. All picnic times are from 12:30 – 3p.m.

The dates are June 2

July 14

Aug. 11

Sept. 22

Oct. 27

Mark your calendars for these summertime fun in the sun times.

Area Schools Teaming Up For Civil War Reenactment

“The Haguewood Prairie Civil War Battle”, a Student Reenactment project beginning on Monday, May the 20th, three Logan County school districts will be teaming up to allow their students to conduct a Civil War battle reenactment in full period clothing.  Working in conjunction,  Dr. Curtis Varnell of the Western Arkansas Educational Co-op and The Paris Area Chamber of Commerce, a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council was applied for and received for the “In the Shadow of the Mountains: Civil War in Arkansas” project.  Paris, Subiaco, and Scranton school districts will be involved with the staging and production.

“The Haguewood Prairie Fight” Civil War battle documentary film is chronicling the Haguewood Prairie Battle of September 27,1863 which occurred near Paris and involved 800 Confederate Troops on the way into Missouri on The Great Raid and 80 members of the First Arkansas Infantry Company H (US).   Commanding officers were Colonel Joseph Shelby & Captain “Tuck” Thorpe (Confederate Calvary) and  Captain William C. Parker (US First Arkansas Infantry Company H –  “Mountain Feds”)   The Haguewood Prairie Battle occurred in Logan County one mile northeast of the Paris Courthouse.

Students dressing in period clothing will be representing key relevant figures from either side of the conflict.  The reenactment will be held in two stages.  The first stage of the reenactment will take place in the form of the participating students being interviewed as the historical figures that they are portraying while dressed in period clothing.  The second stage of the reenactment will be filmed with the students on location at The Haguewood Prairie battlefield.

Dr. Curtis Varnell was instrumental in applying for the grant which is provided  by The Arkansas Humanities Council  and is awarded to artists, community organizations, and government entities that want to offer public humanities programs.  The grant funding also allows for the filming and subsequent video production of the entire event.  The Western Arkansas Educational Co-Op has secured the services of “This Is Arkansas” team members Ray Bertram, Michael Schwarz, and Michael Johnson in conjunction with professional Little Rock-based film videographer Bob Sandufer to assist in numerous vital facets of the reenactment.  Bob Sandufer is the owner and operator of Sandefur Film & Video of Little Rock, his work is well known throughout the state of Arkansas.  The Western Arkansas Educational Co-Op (along with all of the school districts involved) are very excited that he has signed on to assist in the filming of the Civil War reenactment that they are staging for their students.  Ray Bertram (of This Is Arkansas) is a resident of the Petit Jean Mountain area while both his associates involved in the project, Michael Schwarz (Oklahoma City) and Michael Johnson (Petit Jean Mountain), are filmography students at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

The documentary that will be produced around the reenactment will be shown in conjunction with this year’s annual Paris Frontier Day Festival and Haguewood Prairie Battle Historic Marker dedication scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Logan County Fairgrounds 2.5 miles east of Paris on Scenic State Highway 22.