Barkansas Photo Contest Begins August 3, 2015: Enter a Shot of Your Pup in The Natural State!

Arkansas loves dogs and dogs love Arkansas. In fact, The Natural State is the number one state for dog ownership in the U.S., according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. That’s why the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has launched “Barkansas,” an online photo contest for residents and visitors alike to share photos of…

Park Visitor from Colorado Finds 8.52-Carat White Diamond at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park on June 24

Finder names the gem the Esperanza Diamond for her niece’s name and the Spanish word for “hope” An 8.52-carat white diamond was found Wednesday (June 24) by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park, according to park officials. Clear white and icicle shaped, this gem is the fifth largest diamond…

Bentonville’s Inaugural Film Festival Comes to Successful Close

Photographs courtesy of Bentonville Film Festival   [dropcap]Bentonville,[/dropcap] Ark. rolled out the “blue carpet” for A-listers, filmmakers, industry executives, and other movie-lovers at the inaugural Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) last month. The festival, which ran May 5 through 9, was sponsored by Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola and dozens more national and global companies. Attendees gathered to celebrate…

Bridging the Arkansas River Trail

There’s nothing quite like walking over an active, rushing body of water. [dropcap]Everyone[/dropcap] from bird watchers to marathon trainers can enjoy the Arkansas River on one of  four pedestrian bridges. The bridges are part of the Arkansas River Trail, an 88-mile loop snakes across Arkansas—from Little Rock to Conway. The River Trail System connects six museums, 38 parks and more…

Women in Focus

The first Bentonville Film Festival aims to celebrate diversity in the movie industry and to raise awareness about just how far there is still left to go in achieving parity on the big screen.   Film festivals, like the films they screen, need the right leading actor to really work. The first Bentonville Film Festival…