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Northwest Arkansas is not Landlocked

by David Tyler Mills

There’s no doubt that moving from one state to another causes hesitation, especially if it’s a move from a whole different region of the country.  Though I can’t possible see why you would want to visit anywhere else in the world once you’ve settled in Arkansas, you won’t ever have to worry about being too far from anywhere.  With the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, or more commonly known as XNA, Northwest Arkansas is freed from being landlocked. 

Here’s a little bit about the airport as posted on their website…

“Opened for commercial passenger business on November 1, 1998, the geographic terrain where the airport is located provides tremendous facilities for regional and larger jet aircraft to operate. One of only two Airport Authorities in the state of Arkansas, the Board of Directors' sole purpose is to build, operate and maintain the facility. The airport's staff strives to keep pace with the growing demands of NW Arkansas' thriving economy and passenger traffic. This is done by initiatives to provide increased passenger destinations and expanded customer service - what the citizens and visitors to NW Arkansas have come to expect and deserve. NW Arkansas' dynamic economy, coupled with our air carrier partners' response to demand, combined to make the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport the most eXciting New Airport in the country.”

No matter if you decide to move to Fayetteville, Springdale, Bentonville, Rogers, or any other cities in Northwest Arkansas, XNA is centrally located.  You’re never too far from home! 

 

 

War Eagle Craft Fair is Coming Up!

by David Tyler Mills

 

About the Fair…

From the outset, the War Eagle Fair was a project of, by and for little people: A group of little old ladies exhibiting their weaving. When that attracted a greater than expected response, other unsung artists and craftsmen were invited to participate. There has never been a government subsidy or sponsorship, no professional nor commercial assistance, just unpaid volunteers led by an Arkansas farmer and his wife. It has all happened in a magical place.

The pioneer Sylvanus Blackburn built his home here in 1832 and it still stands, and the War Eagle River still flows where it powered the turbine of Sylvanus' mill. Nearly everyone who comes here feels something special, and no doubt that is one reason so many have come to this once obscure spot over the past quarter of a century. Untold numbers in the millions (yes, millions) and the great and the mighty have joined the poor and the humble here

Some Info…

Fall Fair dates: October 13 - 16, 2011

Parking fee $2 per vehicle

Seminars…

The War Eagle Seminar was an educational program of the Ozark Arts & Crafts Fair Association, sponsors of the nationally-known War Eagle Fair™. Writing of the early years of the Seminar, former Executive Director Blanche Elliott said,

“An unmatched opportunity was offered for the amateur or the professional to enlarge his artistic talents and improve his techniques at a very reasonable cost. To some, the seminar was a profitable vacation in a secluded countryside, knee-deep in June. To others, it was two weeks of uninterrupted painting, whittling, weaving, or potting that was difficult to come by at home. Out of it all came a fellowship of kindred spirits born of the joy of creating beauty with hands and heart…”

Exhibitors…

The War Eagle Fair began in 1954 to showcase arts and crafts of the Ozark region. The Board of Directors of the nonprofit association paid scrupulous attention to quality, went out of their way to revive traditional arts and crafts in danger of extinction, and offered visitors free admission and free parking. (Due to rising costs, 2011 will mark the first year the Organization will charge for parking.) Exhibitors undergo strict screening for entry, and must abide by carefully enforced rules and standards. They sell products of their own skill and creativity.

  • Who may exhibit?

Anyone who lives in the United States as long as they have handmade products.

  • How can I become an exhibitor?

This is the most common question asked at the Fair office. Those interested in becoming exhibitors can print an application in Adobe PDF file format or write and request a screening form, enclose a long stamped, pre-addressed envelope and mail to: The War Eagle Fair, PO Box 796, Rogers, AR 72757.   No applications are accepted via fax or email.

  • What are my chances of getting into the Fair as an exhibitor?

Each year, there are far more people who request applications than can be accommodated. Still there are new exhibitors each year. Providing you meet the other requirements, your chances are greater if you are among the best in your field and if the Fair does not already have a large proportion of offerings similar to yours.

Planning a Trip…

As always, there is no admission charge to the War Eagle Fair. Beginning in 2011, a $2 per car parking fee will be implemented. A well trained parking crew directs you in and out, and you won't have to hunt for good food. No dogs are allowed on the grounds, in the tents, or buildings except trained Medical Assist dogs. A first aid station is in the center of everything.  There are permanent restrooms and plenty of porta-potties and even a free package checking service. Don't get so caught up in the tents that you miss the exhibit building! Gates open at 8 a.m. each day and close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

  • What is the best route to the Fair?

Because of traffic congestion on the one-lane iron bridge across the War Eagle River, we recommend that visitors approach from the south via U.S. 412 and AR Hwy 303.

  • What's the weather like?

Generally, the nights are cool and days are warm, but bring a variety of clothing as it can be quite cool or quite warm.

  • Where can we camp?

There are many campgrounds in nearby areas, particularly along Beaver Lake, including both government and commercial sites ranging from rustic to those with complete facilities. Self-contained camping units are permitted in specified areas on War Eagle Mills Farm, along with tents.

  • What about the Spring Fair?

Started in 1962, the Spring Fair began as an Antique show. After 45 annual events, the last Spring Fair was held in 2006.

  • Is the Fall Fair always at the same time?

No. In the past it has been as early as October 13 and as late as October 29. However, beginning in 1990 it has always started on the Thursday before the 3rd Saturday in October.

***All Information collected from www.wareaglefair.com.***

Bikes, Blues, & BBQ Weekend Events

by David Tyler Mills

If you’ve been in Fayetteville this past week, then you’ve witnessed the heavy metal thunder.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you weren’t born to be wild.  Bikes, Blues, and BBQ has once again made its mark on the Ozarks.  With the weekend just now coming up, it’s really about to take full throttle.  Here’s what all is going on this weekend.  To find more info, check out this website.

Friday, September 30

2:30pm

Dante and the Hawks

3:00pm

Gary and John

3:30pm

Circus Una Highwire Act

4:00pm

BBB Arena Cross Race Practice

4:30pm

The Shotgun Billys

5:00pm

Lawn Mower Races

5:00pm

Ransom

5:15pm

Circus Una Motorcycle Highwire Act

5:30pm

Music For Plants

6:00pm

People's Choice BBQ Competition

6:30pm

The Uncrowned Kings

6:30pm

Arena Cross Meet the Riders

7:00pm

The Boston Mountain Playboys

7:30pm

Circus Una Motorcycle Highwire Act

8:00pm

Arena Cross Pro racing

8:00pm

Ruckus

8:30pm

Louisiana Crossroads

9:00pm

Cowboy Kenny Bartram Show

9:00pm

Circus Una Thrill Show

10:30pm

Joe Giles and the Homewrecker

Saturday, October 1

8:00am

Stokes Air Bike Show

11:00am

Amateur and Kids Motocross Racing

2:00pm

Cathead Biscuit

3:00pm

Oreo Blue

3:30pm

Russ and Mike

3:30pm

RSC Rentals Parade of Power

3:30pm

Circus Una Thrill Show

4:30pm

Leah and the MoJo Doctors

5:00pm

Zack Bramhall

5:15pm

Circus Una Thrill Show

6:30pm

The Rich Fabec Band

7:00pm

Trick Bag

7:30pm

Circus Una Thrill Show

8:30pm

The FOS Project

9:00pm

Cowboy Kenny Bartram Show 

10:30pm

David Kimbrough, Jr.

Sunday, October 2

12:00pm

David Kimbrough, Jr.

 

If you’re a big Jamey Johnson fan, he’ll be play Friday, September 30, 2011 at 7:30PM at the NWA Mall AMP.  His biggest, heart wrenching song was “In Color.”  Click here for tickets.

Maybe the roar of a road hog isn’t your thing.  We have some peaceful houses outside of town to protect your delicate ears.  Give us a call!

Trails for Jogging and Biking in Fayetteville

by David Tyler Mills

Clabber Creek Trail

Where is the Trail?

The trail is located at 2625 N. Rupple Road

Trail Length

Clabber Creek Trail is 0.7 miles long.

Trail Description

The first section of Clabber Creek Trail, completed in May of 2007, stretches through 40 acres of natural park from Rupple Road to the west of Hosta Drive for a total distance of 0.7 miles.  Along the south side of the trail, people enjoy listening to the trickling current of Clabber Creek and viewing the natural surroundings.  Once complete, Clabber Creek Trial will be 6.5 miles in length and will connect east to Scull Creek Trail.

Hamestring Creek Trail

Where is this Trail?

This trail is located at 3075 W. Marigold Dr.

Length of Trail

This trail is 0.62 miles in length.

Trail Description

This first section of Hamestring Creek Trail, completed in December of 2007, extends 0.62 miles through Wildwood Park.  The 12 foot wide trail is constructed of asphalt and offers nice views of Hamestring Creek along the west side of the creek. Future phases of Hamestring Creek Trail will extend west toward Rupple Road to eventually connect with Clabber Creek Trail. The east end of Hamestring Creek Trail currently ends at I-540 where it will connect with Shiloh Trail in the future. 

Joe Clark Trail at Lake Wilson

Where is the Trail?

Joe Clark Trail is located at the end of Lake Wilson Road.  From Fayetteville, take Morningside Road south of 15th street for approximately 2 miles.  When Morningside Road becomes City Lake Road, take a left turn on Wilson Hollow Road.  Follow the gravel road over the White River, then turn left on Lake Wilson Road.

Description

Lake Wilson was the Fayetteville’s first drinking water supply.  Now, this 320 acre park features two looping trails with rock outcrops and excellent natural beauty.  The inside loop trail around the lake is 1.33 miles around and the outer loop trail is 1.76 miles long. 

The Trail was built by members of the Ozarks Society and dedicated to Joe and Maxine Clark in 1995. 

Lake Sequoyah Trails

Where is this Trail?

This trail is located at 6608 E. Sequoyah Drive.

Length of Trail

Two nature trails combine for a total of 3 miles of natural surface trail (one way).

Trail Description

Beginning at the boat docks, there are two nature trails at Lake Sequoyah.  The north trail, named King Fisher Trail, extends from the boat dock parking lot 1.6 miles north along the east bank of the lake with stunning views to the west (3.2 miles down and back).  To the south of the boat dock parking lot, a newly constructed trail leads you past an informational kiosk, then east and south 1.4 miles along the bank of the lake (2.8 miles down and back).  The eastern end of this trial is currently under construction by volunteer effort by the boy scouts and eagle scouts under the direction of Parks Board member Wade Colwell.  All of the trails at Lake Sequoyah have been built with volunteer efforts.

Bayarri Park Trail

Where is this Trail?

This trail is located at 725 S Regency Dr.

Length of Trail

This trail is .3 miles in length.

Trail Description

Bayarri Park Trail runs around the exterior of the park. With a total of .3 miles in distance, it passes the playground, picnic tables, and runs along the banks of the White River. This trail is perfect for an afternoon jog or walk.

Finger Park Trail

Where is this Trail?

This trail is located at 1525 SE Farmers Rd.

Length of Trail

This trail is .6 miles in length.

Trail Description

Finger Park Nature Trail is a .6 mile natural surface trail weaving through a wooded and somewhat rugged area. At the trail head, you will find parking, picnic, and play area as well as restrooms. This trail is great for a quick hike or very short mountain bike ride.

Frisco Trail

Where is this Trail?

This trail is located at 575 W Center.

Length of Trail

This trail has a length of 1.3 miles.

Trail Description

Frisco Trail is a multi-use section of the trail system that will eventually serve all areas of Fayetteville with an alternate transportation option. The trail extends from MLK Jr. Blvd., north to Scull Creek Trail at Prospect Street.  The trail takes you through natural areas and offers benches and lighting.

Gordon Long Park Trail

Where is this Trail?

This trail is located at 2800 N Gregg Ave.

Length of Trail

This trail has a length of .6 miles.

Trail Description

Gordon Long Trail is a paved trail covering .6 mile as it weaves through Gordon Long Park situated on North Gregg Avenue. There is a shaded picnic and playground area providing a perfect location for de-stressing after work, as well as starting the day with an early morning jog.

Gregory Park Trail

Where is this Trail?

This trail is located at 69 E Sycamore St.

Length of Trail

This trail has a length of .9 miles.

Trail Description

Gregory Park Trail is a natural surface trail through a heavily wooded area in the middle of a busy commercial/residential area just off North College on Sycamore Street. The trail is a .9 mile loop with benches and a gazebo in the park area and provides a great afternoon getaway in a very convenient location.

Lake Fayetteville Trail

Where is this Trail?

This trail is located at 1350 E Zion Rd and 1208 E Lake Fayetteville Rd.

Length of Trail

The new paved multi-use trail is 4.3 miles long.

The Soft surface natural trail is 5.5 miles long.

Trail Description

Lake Fayetteville Trail is the one of the most popular of Parks and Recreation's Trails.  The trail loops the lake with a combination of paved and natural surface shared by walkers, runners, and bikers.  Take your camera because there is a variety of flora and fauna in their natural settings as well as beautiful views of the lake.  The trail offers benches, playgrounds and picnic areas, restrooms, informational kiosks, and lighting.  Be sure to stop at the rest areas on the beautiful, award winning, bridge spanning the lake spillway.

Mt. Sequoyah Woods Trail

Where is this Trail?

This trail is located at 100 N Summit.

Length of Trail

This trail has a length of 1.6 miles.

Trail Description

Mt. Sequoyah Trail is a natural trail which meanders for 1.6 miles through a heavily wooded and occasionally rugged forest on the east side of Mt. Sequoyah. Trail-heads are accessible at 100 North Summit on top of the mountain, Paddock Road and Happy Hollow Road. A picnic area and information kiosks are available.

Mud Creek Trail

Where is this Trail?

This trail is located at 3770 Front St.

Length of Trail

This trail has a length of 1.9 miles.

Trail Description

Mud Creek Trail stretches along Mud Creek from Old Missouri Road to Steel Boulevard for a total distance of 1.9 miles. The multi-use, paved trail passes through natural areas along Mud Creek where benches are provided to allow for an opportunity to experience nature in the midst of a busy commercial district. Parking is available at the Missouri Road Trail Head.

Raven Trail

Where is this Trail?

This trail is located at 2100 E Farr Ln.

Length of Trail

This trail has a length of .3 miles.

Trail Description

Raven Trail is a short paved connection from Katherine Avenue to Butterfield Elementary School. The trail allows easy access for children between the neighborhood to the east and to the school.

Red Oak Park Trail

Where is this Trail?

This trail is located at 4600 W New Bridge.

Length of Trail

This trail has a length of .2 miles.

Trail Description

Red Oak Trail is a .2 mile paved loop in the south end of Red Oak Park, which is accessible at the end of Carlsbad Trace north of Wedington Drive. Benches are located at intervals along the trail.

Scull Creek Trail

Where is this Trail?

This trail is located at 2800 N. Gregg

Length of Trail

This trail is 3.93 miles in length.

Trail Description

Scull Creek Trail, opened in October of 2008, extends from Maple Street north to Mud Creek Trail, providing a continuous 7.6 mile trail network.  Scull Creek Trail is the "backbone" of the trails system due to its central location and connectivity to numerous parks, residences, businesses, and the University of Arkansas. The 12 foot wide trail is constructed of concrete in low areas and asphalt in higher areas.  Lighting is included on most of the trail for safety and extended use in the evenings.  Additional improvements will include colored concrete crosswalks at North St., Maple St., and Sycamore St. complete with motion activated flashing traffic lights. 

Scull Creek Trail offers a number of amenities.  With a 12-foot wide paved surface, the trail accommodates the high number of users—ranging from alternative-transportation commuters to a variety of recreational users. While closely aligning with Scull Creek, the trail crosses the creek at six locations with arching, weathering-steel, pedestrian bridges.  Most of the creek corridor is lined with mature trees—providing shade and an enhanced experience along the trail.  The trail also includes the longest pedestrian tunnel in the State - a 650 foot long tunnel with lighting under the Fulbright Expressway.

The City of Fayetteville celebrated the grand opening of Scull Creek Trail on Saturday October 18th, 2008 at Gordon Long Park.  Over 500 people attended the event and enjoyed the new trail as well as live music by Bent Grass Green.  Scull Creek Trail has become a very popular destination for recreation as well as a viable alternative way to get around town from north to south.  Counts in October of 2008 show over 2,000 people per day enjoying the trail.

St. Paul Trail

Where is this Trail?

This trail is located at 2389 S Armstrong Ave.

Length of Trail

This trail has a length of .8 miles.

Trail Description

St. Paul Trail is .8 mile and stretches from Armstrong and City Lake Road. The trail is paved and follows the old St. Paul Railroad bed providing a remote, tree lined experience for the biker, walker, or runner.

Town Branch Trail

Where is this Trail?

This trail is located at 1753 S. Beechwood Ave.

Length of Trail

This trail is .4 miles in length.

Trail Description

This first section of Town Branch Trail extends west of Razorback Road along Town Branch Creek across Beechwood Avenue to the west edge of Crowne Apartments.  This section of trail was completed in April of 2007 and includes a 50 foot long bridge.  In the future, Town Branch Creek Trial will extend west to I-540 and east to the White River for a total of 4 miles.

Walker Park Trail

Where is this Trail?

This trail is located at 10 W 15th St.

Length of Trail

This trail has a length of 1.2 miles.

Trail Description

Walker Park Trail is a 1.2 mile loop trail providing access to all park amenities such as benches, picnic areas, playgrounds, restrooms, bike racks, and drinking fountains. The Walker Park Trail includes a .5 mile section around the Senior Citizen Center.

Wilson Park Trail

Where is this Trail?

This trail is located at 675 N Park Ave.

Length of Trail

This trail has a length of .9 miles.

Trail Description

Wilson Park Trail is a paved .9 mile loop around the perimeter of Wilson Park, one of the most popular parks in Fayetteville's Park System. The trail offers benches, playgrounds, picnic tables, bike racks, restrooms, and drinking fountains. The famous Wilson Park Castle is located along the trail where you will find a peaceful place to relax on artistic benches. Along the trail, you will experience many varieties of plants expertly planted and cared for by Parks and Recreation's Horticulturist with the assistance of many master gardeners.

(All information was collect from www.accessfayetteville.org.)

I know I've probably missed quite a few trails, so if you would like for me to add to this list, let me know!

-David Tyler Mills

Northwest Arkansas Festivals and Events

by David Tyler Mills

With spring arriving, it seems Northwest Arkansas has finally awakened from hibernation, and it’s about time!  Sure, I love snow as much as the next guy, but it’s the festivals and various events that cause NWA to thrive.  Believe me; spring is delivering this year.

 

War Eagle Craft Fair

On May 6th through the 8th, the War Eagle Craft Fair begins.  You’ll have the opportunity to meet a variety of craft men and women and see their different creations of watercolor and oil painting, folk art, pottery, wicker items, clothing, quilts, candles, and much more.  Don’t worry about leaving hungry.  There are an assortment of unique breakfasts, lunches, and dinners being served throughout the day.  Click here for more info.

 

University of Arkansas Graduation Ceremony

On May 14th, come celebrate with all the new graduates at the University of Arkansas.  If you don’t know anyone who is graduating, you can congratulate me as I receive my bachelors in marketing.  I’ll be the one in the black gown.

 

Comedian Ron White at Walton Arts Center

On May 25th and 26th, Ron “Tater Salad” White will be gracing Fayetteville with his presents at the Walton Arts Center.  Best known for his Blue Collar Comedy debut, this comedian also claims two Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, two of the top rated one-hour specials on Comedy Central, a New York Times Bestselling book, and a number of CDs and DVDs.  For more info, click here.

 

Wakarusa at Mulberry Mountain

On June 2nd through 5th, the annual Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival will be taking place at Mulberry Mountain.  This four day camping event features over 100 bands that will be performing non-stop.  This festival is great for music and nature lovers that just simply need a break from the stresses of life.  Click here for more info.

 

It would be a real shame to miss out on these awesome events just because you don’t have a place to stay.  Yeah, you could stay at an over crowded, boring hotel, OR you could check out our condo on 2130 Garland! It has everything from a queen size bed, a pull out sofa bed, towels, all your linens, plates, dishes, a stove, a microwave, and a dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, an outdoor pool, and a flat screen television.  Also, this condo is only MINUTES away from Baum Stadium, the university, and Dickson Street!  Call for an appointment at (479) 442-9099 or visit our website at www.McNaughtonRealtors.com.  

Driving on Dickson

by Don McNaughton
The Miracle League Baseball program is a specially designed program for children with disabilities which allows children four years of age and up to play America's most beloved pastime. March 12th is the premier fund raising event. Please show your support by signing up a Team.
Register at MiracleLeagueAR.com or March 12th at Clubhause Fitness 6p.m.
Shotgun Start at 7:00 pm
$25 Registration Fee; $100 for a Team of 4
Registration Fee includes 2 beers. Must be 21 to Register.
Winning Team Receives Trophy!

The Razorback Baseball Condo

by David Tyler Mills

With four members named as the top 50 prospects in their respective classes and being in the top 25 preseason ranking once again, Arkansas Razorback baseball ensures another thrilling season.  Children cheering, alumni reminiscing, and college students heckling engulf Baum Stadium creating an amusing environment to say the least.  From the start of the first inning to the bottom of the ninth, the excitement of Razorback baseball never ceases.  Unfortunately, the enthusiasm dwindles when heading back to a boring hotel room, but it shouldn’t!  Why not head back to a place where the fun can continue?

2130 Garland has everything that all the mundane hotels forgot to offer.  Whether you have a family or are just visiting friends in Fayetteville, this condo has a queen size bed in a private bedroom as well as a pull out sofa bed.  Forgot your towels?  This condo has all your linens.  Wanting to stay in to eat or to host other baseball fans?  There will be plates, dishes, a stove, a microwave, and a dishwasher waiting to be used.  Didn’t bring enough clothes?  Use the washer and dryer.  Exhausted from a long day?  Relax and watch the flat screen television in the living room or maybe watch the one in the bedroom or maybe go outside and enjoy the pool.  This condo couldn’t possible get any better, right?  WRONG!  Forget about traveling all over Fayetteville just to be included in the fun.  This condo is only MINUTES away from Baum Stadium, the university, and Dickson Street!  Consider 2130 Garland a home away from home. 

 

Open Houses in West Fork

by Don McNaughton

McNaughton Team is having 2 Open House in West Fork today!  Come Check out the great homes 832 Mcknight and 735 Mcknight.  Only 15 mins from Fayetteville West Fork is the perfect location to get away from it all and enjoy peaceful tranquility to live, laugh and raise your family.

2011 Arkansas-LSU Boot Battle

by David Tyler Mills

The 2011 Arkansas Razorback schedule was posted last Tuesday for all to see.  Bobby Petrino managed to have the Battle of the Boot as the regular-season ending game for the next two years.  Click here to read more!

Fall Has Arrived!

by Amber Perish

Fall is finally here! Come to Northwest Arkansas to enjoy the fall beauty. Because we didn’t get much rain this season, the trees aren’t as vibrant as usual; however, there is still a lot of beauty to take in. Visit Battlefield Park in Prairie Grove to enjoy some history and soak up the sun or take a stroll around the University of AR campus. Both locations are great places to get some great fall photos. Don’t forget about the new pumpkin patch in Cave Springs. It is open everyday for your convenience. Hope to see you soon! Stop by our McNaughton Real Estate office on your visit to get information on houses in the area.

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4299 W. Persimmon
Fayetteville AR 72704
479-442-9099
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