Independence Day activities in Phillips County this year will be extended through Saturday, July 6 thanks largely to a new event called the Helena Freedom Festival. Activities will be begin in the 100 block of Cherry Street and conclude with a couple of blues and jazz performances at the Wild Hog Saloon.
The first half of Helena's latest promotional event will give the children of the community with a “safe, family-friendly event” during the weekend following the Fourth of July according to Aston Corder, event coordinator. There will be no charge for any of the activities.
From 2 to 6 p.m., children will be able to participate in several fun and games including a Slip-N-Slide and a blow-up water slide. Youngsters also will be able to enter a hot dog eating contest at the end of the festival.
Other games tentatively scheduled for the event include the balloon pop relay, the watermelon crawl, the egg toss and a tug of war.
“Everyone is encouraged to bring family, friends, coolers and lawn chairs and join the community in celebrating our nation's independence,” stated Corder.
After the family events are completed, adults are invited to the Wild Hog Saloon where Phillip Stackhouse will entertain with a jazz and blues performance from 6 to 8 p.m. Rodge and the Dirt Road Republic will end the evening with a performance from 8:30 a.m. until midnight.
There will be a cover charge at the door and drinks will be available.
For more information, contact Corder at 870-753-2407 or email aston1329 @gmail.com.
Go to the Events Section on Facebook to find out more about the Helena Freedom Festival.
Have no kids? That same day, the Delta Heritage Trail State park near Barton will be staging another Bike the Rail beginning at 2 p.m. Bikers will be able to travel with a park interpreter along the former route of the Missouri Pacific's Delta Eagle passenger train and explore some of the diverse history and nature found along the way. The trip will take approximately two hours and will cover roughly 10 miles.
A fee will include bike rental if needed.
Participants should meet at the park's Visitor Center Gift Shop. For additional information, call the park at 870-572-2352 or email jonathan.hutto @arkansas.gov.