AR Travel Guide
Warmer weather means that it’s time to welcome back food festivals around the country, and especially those celebrations that focus on just one tasty treat. To kick of the festival season the folks in Alma, Arkansas are preparing their best looking spinach. Apparently the town is the spinach capital of the world, and even Popeye will be on hand to help spread the word about all things spinach.
Things will be held in and around Alma on April 16 and 17, and there’s plenty of traditional food festival activities. There will be a carnival, a petting zoo, and plenty of crafts and vendors. However, April 17 is when the festival really turns its focus towards the leafy green vegetable. Residents will dedicate a new mural in Popeye Park to start the day, but the highlight of the festival comes just before lunchtime with the spinach eating contest. If the pictures are any judge of what takes place, everyone does their best to down as much canned spinach as possible—we’ll just be spectator for this one.
If that other festival dedicated to the wild west isn’t doing it for you, then we have another one that may help you move along your little doggies. It’s the 2009 National Championship Chuckwagon Race in Clinton, Arkansas, and it’s off to the races throughout Labor Day weekend. Just remember to bring your best horse and your dinner bell, and you’ll fit right in.
The festival is just what it sounds like—covered wagons hauling as fast as they can against other Conestogas. We’re still wondering why Dr. Quinn wasn’t all over this sport when her show was on the air, because maybe then we would have watched. More than 20,000 people will be on hand to check everything out, and some of them will likely being cozying up to the weekend’s winners who hope to share in over $20,000 in prizes.