The Arkansas Natural Sky Association and the town of Gilbert have teamed up to put on Arkansas’ first-ever Dark-Sky Festival in October. The event will be held in Gilbert, which is located on the Buffalo National River.
In 2019, the Buffalo River became the state’s first and only officially recognized International Dark Sky Park. The designation, provided only to areas near-complete absence of light pollution, does not come lightly, as there are only a handful in the entire United States. The region is among, if not the best place in Arkansas for stargazing, so it’s only “natural” that the ANSA would set the Arkansas Dark-Sky Festival within its selenological solace.
The event will take place on October 1 and 2, providing attendees with an opportunity to enjoy some of the final glimpses of the summer Milky Way this year. According to the association, two dozen groups from three states will participate, providing a host of activities, entertainment, and, of course, a free star party.
Given its locale along the Buffalo River, there will be plenty of options for nightly stays for the weekend, including one of the event’s partners, Gilbert RV Park & Campground.
Photo of the Milky Way over the Buffalo River by Jeff Rose, courtesy of Buffalo Outdoor Center.
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