Old Fort Days Rodeo and More in Ft Smith Area this Weekend

Bug Guns of the Civil War
Fort Smith National Historic Site – 301 Parker Avenue Fort Smith, Arkansas
Saturday, May, 25, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m

How many people enjoy the thunder and smoke of Civil War cannon? There is much more to cannons than just the booming sound. Each Saturday in May at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fort Smith National Historic Site will present a program about the realities faced by soldiers in battle during the Civil War and fire a replica cannon.

Admission: Free
Contact Info: 479-783-3961
Website: http://www.nps.gov/fosm

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Pioneer Days Parade
Historic Main Street 600-700 Block Van Buren, Arkansas
Saturday, May, 25, 1:00 p.m.

The Pioneers Days Parade is the annual kickoff to the Old Fort Days Rodeo that starts Monday night at Kay Rodgers Park.

Contact Info: 479-474-2581
Website: http://www.vanburen.org

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Clayton Conversations: Precious Tombstones from Yesteryear, Revived!
The Clayton House – 514 North 6th Street Fort Smith, Arkansas
Sunday, May, 26, 2:00 p.m.

Learn about this area’s premier example of historic tombstone restoration. Walking through old cemeteries is a favorite hobby of many, and conservationist Randy Smith, manager of the Van-Alma Edwards Funeral Home, will lead you on a fascinating “stroll” with a special slideshow presentation. Smith has brought new life to the headstones of Van Buren’s earliest settlers in the 10-acre Fairview Cemetery.

Learn of the stories that cemeteries can tell and appreciate the beautiful family information gleaned more easily today because of Smith’s dedication in saving these historic structures. Celebrate Arkansas Heritage Month, whose theme is “Saving Our Historic Structures,” by learning about this rich – and enduring – source of area history. Music, house tours and refreshments offered at 1 p.m.; program begins at 2 p.m. Reserve seats by calling the Clayton House or emailing claytonhouse@claytonhouse.org.

Admission: $5 suggested donation.
Contact Info: 479-783-3000
Website: http://www.claytonhouse.org

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Old Fort Days Rodeo
Kay Rogers Park – 4400 Midland Blvd. Fort Smith, Arkansas 72904
Monday, May, 27 Thru Saturday, June, 01, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m

Since 1933, Fort Smith has been home to one of Arkansas’ most exciting rodeos. Each year cowboys from all over the world compete for one of the largest prize purses in Arkansas. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the rodeo. You’ll see some of the rankest bulls and broncs in America. Events include Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Bareback Riding, Calf Roping, Barrel Racing and Steer Wrestling, Mutton Busting and more! Plus don’t miss the FREE entertainment on the Choctaw Casino stage and nightly performances by the Old Fort Days Dandies!

Park Office 479-783-6176 Ticket Sales 479-783-2393 or 800-364-1080 Office Hours Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact Info: 479-783-6176
Website: http://oldfortdaysrodeo.com