Arkansas Civil War

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


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.

Civil War Historical Marker for Logan County

THIS JUST IN!!   We are about half-way there on raising money for the historical marker! Any contributions, no matter how small, add up quickly and get us closer to the establishment of the memorial marker. For more information, read on…

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial has awarded a matching grant to place a historical marker near the site at the corner of Airport Road and Highway 22.   The grant requires a matching fund of eleven hundred dollars.  A committee has been appointed by the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce to, not only raise the matching funds, but to coordinate the Sesquicentennial activities for north Logan County.  Committee members include Joyce Friddle, Linda Hamilton, Ty Varnell, Glenn Gilbreath, or Curtis Varnell.

Donations of any amount can be made by contacting one of the committee members, leaving the donation with the Chamber of Commerce, or by making a deposit at First National Bank of Paris to the Civil War Memorial Fund. 

Plans include dedicating the site this fall, developing a historical CD about the area and staging a remembrance and reenactment during Frontier Days 2013 commemorating  the 150th anniversary of the battle.

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Arkansas by sanctioning events, encouraging research and education programs related to Civil War Arkansas, and preserving the sites that witnessed the Civil War in Arkansas. The Civil War Sesquicentennial will be celebrated between 2011 and 2015.