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Nevada County Picayune-Times - Prescott, AR
  • Lions get festivities preview

  • The Lions Club got lots of information from two speakers this week for enjoying the spring and summer in Southwest Arkansas.
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  • The Lions Club got lots of information from two speakers this week for enjoying the spring and summer in Southwest Arkansas.
    Patricia Thomas, sales director at Historic Washington State Park, filled the club in on the upcoming Jonquil Festival.
    The event will be held March 14-16, at Historic Washington State Park,” Thomas said. “On March 14 and 15, the festival will run from 9 a. m. until 5 p. m. and on the 16th, from 9 a. m. until 4 p. m.
    There are so many events going on at the park throughout the year,” she said. “Right now, we are hosting a quilting retreat at the 1914 Schoolhouse.”
    The annual festival will, again, feature some favorite activities.
    Williams Tavern Restaurant will be open with a buffet again this year,” Thomas said. “There will be over 100 vendors there this year, including some new ones. We also have 13 food vendors who are booked this year. We are excited.”
    Lots of entertainment is also on tap at the festival, including the Hartley Family, the Jazz Cats from Hope High School, and on Saturday, the Midnight Hurricanes will perform.
    That's what makes this festival unique also because the Hempstead County Melody Boys will be roaming around the festival, entertaining the attendees,” she said. “We hope that everyone will come out and enjoy the festival. It should be a real crowd-pleaser this year.”
    The second speaker was Aneesah Rasheed, facility manager, educator, Education Division, at the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Wildlife Area.
    I am the manager of the Education Center at Rick Evans Grandview Prairie,” Rasheed said. “This education center was established with Amendment 75, which required more land acquisition, and more wildlife management.”
    Grandview, she said, is a unique facility.
    I began working at the center in 2008 and I really enjoy what I do,” Rasheed said. “Grandview Prairie is the largest contiguous blackland prairie in the United States. We do controlled burns at times to bring long dormant flower seeds back to life. You would be amazed after a burn when the wildflowers just go crazy.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The facility also offers recreational activities, Rasheed said.
    We also have shotgun ranges, approved by the American Trap Association, which are open now,” she said. “We also have a 3-D archery range at the Prairie.”
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