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FORT LINCOLN FREEDOM FEST 2014

Adding new attractions while building on tradition

 

              

LITTLE ROCK, AR (April 7, 2014)  - The Arnold Family Foundation has announced that the 4th Annual Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest will be held this year on Saturday, May 10th at the DeValls Bluff Community Center & Museum in DeValls Bluff, Arkansas. 

The festival began in 2011 in honor of the historic significance and pivotal role that DeValls Bluff, along with the surrounding area, played during The Civil War.  It attracts people from all over the state, as well as out of state, each year with its historic representations, exhibits and its family-friendly atmosphere.

The 4th Annual Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest is expected to grow significantly in size and in attendance this year. Event organizers are rolling out even more things for festival-goers to do. Included are: two stages with with 12 musical acts [Sonny Burgess & The Pacers headline], an antique car display at First Baptist Church, a Bass tournament on the morning of, the annual 5K run/family 2K walk on the morning of, shuttle rides all day to the actual Fort Lincoln, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a free rock climbing wall, the UAMS Mammo Van, and many other things for the entire family. This year’s festival will also extend its hours from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and the festival is FREE to enter.

 

Approximately 50 living historians, from throughout Arkansas, are also expected to attend. Many of the living historians will be located, for the first time, in and around Fort Lincoln (the actual site).  Fort "A", commonly called Fort Lincoln, is regarded by Ron Kelley of ArkansasToothPick.com as one of the best preserved Civil War forts West of the Mississippi.  It was constructed by African-American troops during the Civil War and named after then-President Abraham Lincoln.

Other Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest planned events beginning this month include: 

The Miss Fort Lincoln Beauty Pageant will take place on Saturday, April 12th at the DeValls Bluff Community Center.  You can find more information at facebook.com/MissFtLincoln, or call Hannah Jones at (501) 951-4027.

The 1st Annual Southern Heritage Wild Game Dinner will be held at the former DeValls Bluff School Gym on Saturday, April 26th.  Tickets (only $10) are going fast for this wild game supper, which will feature deer, duck, and wild turkey. Special guest speakers include Diane Bohnert, a professional living historian, and Dr. Jim Lagrone, an avid hunter and former president of the Ark. Baptist Convention. Live entertainment will be provided by Preservation Theory. Displays will be provided courtesy of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation, Operation Wounded Warrior Support, and Muddy Bayou Young Gunz.  Nice giveaways will be raffled off for free, including duck hunts and duck callers!

There will be several noteworthy events on Friday, May 9th. The 2nd Annual School Days will take place at the old DVB School Grounds from 9-2.  All schools are invited. 10-15 “living history stations” will present living lessons in history.  Space is limited so please RSVP.  There will also be a community-wide prayer service at Rhodes Park in downtown DeValls Bluff at 6:00 p.m. The focus of the service will be racial harmony 150 years after the Civil War. The evening will conclude with a special screening of the celebrated AETN/PBS documentary entitled The Edge of Conflict @ 7:30 at the DVB Community Center. Edge of Conflict is a 90- minute documentary that tells the story of Arkansas in the Civil War and will be FREE to all!

The DeValls Bluff Community Center & Museum is located at 710 East Sycamore Street, in DeValls Bluff, Arkansas just50 miles east of Little Rock on Highway 70.  For more information regarding these events, please go to Facebook.com/FortLincolnFreedomFest, or contact the museum at (870) 998-2012 or Billy White, Festival Dir., at (501) 516-6064.