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Living in Pulaski and Lonoke Counties
There are plenty of entertaining activities in Pulaski and Lonoke counties — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Take a dip in the wave pool at Wild River Country, for instance, or tee off at one of the two 18-hole golf courses in North Little Rock’s Burns Park. Don’t miss the Arkansas State Fair or the opportunity to indulge in traditional Greek pastries at the International Greek Festival. And be sure to check out the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.
Residents of Pulaski and Lonoke counties have dozens of different annual events, festivals and community gatherings at their fingertips.
Arkansas Cornbread Festival
Held at the end of October, the Arkansas Cornbread Festival draws thousands to downtown Little Rock each year with music, enticing aromas and the promise of family fun. Bonding over cornbread is a Southern tradition, and once you’ve had a taste of South Main in Little Rock, you’ll have to come back for more. Cornbread and side dish entries are judged by everyone attending the festival as well as a panel of celebrity judges. Along South Main, vendors display and sell Arkansas art, handmade crafts, clothes, jewelry, home furnishings, locally produced food and gifts of all sorts. Live music and other fun activities, round out the day.
Arkansas State Fair
The Arkansas State Fair is held in October at the state fairgrounds in Little Rock. The fair features free concerts, bull riding, livestock shows and a 10-acre midway showcasing carnival rides, games and attractions.
Every second Saturday in October, more than 20,000 visitors enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides, food, vendors and more at the all-day CabotFest. The downtown celebration features arts and crafts, a beauty pageant, car and motorcycle shows, bingo, children’s games and lots of family-friendly activities.
Cabot Strawberry Festival
Local strawberry growers show off the fruits of their labor for all to enjoy at this free annual event, usually held in the spring. Taste and purchase strawberries grown in Cabot while enjoying a carnival, festival, pageant and games for the whole family.
International Greek Festival
The International Greek Food Festival in mid-May is the largest of the ethnic festivals in Arkansas. More than 1,000 pounds of butter, 750 pounds of nuts and 700 pounds of filo dough are what it takes to make the more than 10,000 sourota, 17,000 pieces of Baklava and other pastries are prepared for the three-day annual event. Indulge in some traditional food, shop for specialty items or just enjoy the entertainment.
Riverfest is a visual and performing arts celebration held a weekend at the beginning of summer on the banks of the Arkansas River. Held since 1978, the largest single event in the state attracts more than 250,000 festivalgoers. Along with the musical contributions, the festival features a 5K Fun Run & Walk, a pooch parade, food vendors and a fireworks display.