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Christmas light displays illuminate the state's sky

Community shows of Christmas lights are perennially one of the brightest features of this festive season. More than 50 are listed in the 2017 Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights booklet, illuminating pretty much every corner of the state.

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Green Friday an alternative to shopping frenzy

Instead of shopping till you drop on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism is touting its Green Friday program as a less frenetic option. It does figure to be a less expensive one.

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Prescott museum includes unique bicycle display

In the 1890s, bicycles were all the rage in Arkansas and around the nation. In the last decade before the Automobile Age began revving up, two-wheel pedaling had become a national pastime.

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Diamond hunters shout eureka in Murfreesboro

The widely misused word "unique" is accurate for once when applied to Crater of Diamonds State Park. This 37-acre expanse in southwest Arkansas is the only diamond field in the world where members of the public can hunt for the precious gemstones -- and keep any that they find.

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Baseball's Sue Kidd stars in Clinton museum

Sue Kidd has a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with such Arkansas-born major-league stars as Dizzy Dean, George Kell and Brooks Robinson. Yet her death earlier this year went by with only the slightest media notice.

Get your fright on at one of these haunted houses around Arkansas

As scary as the real world can be, it perhaps seems odd that so many people want to be scared even more -- and will pay good money to be thrilled and chilled, especially around Halloween.

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Parade, lumberjack events on the log for Timberfest

The legendary Paul Bunyan chopped down forests with his mighty ax a thousand miles north of Arkansas. But Paul and Babe, his blue ox, would feel pretty much at home in Sheridan this weekend at the Grant County seat's 34th annual Timberfest.

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State park tells tale of Powhatan's heyday, decline

All six dozen of today's Powhatan residents could fit with space to spare in the beautifully restored second-floor courtroom of the former Lawrence County Courthouse overlooking this tiny northeast Arkansas community.

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Fall festival lineup features beans, blues and outhouses

Some of Arkansas' liveliest festivals take place in the fall. Autumn's diminished outdoor temperatures make for more pleasant mingling with crowds of fellow day-trippers out for a good time. Here are some prime prospects, with entrance to the festival grounds usually free, but admission charged for some music and other events:

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Trolley, rail cars a part of Fort Smith's heritage

Not every property on the National Register of Historic Places always stays in the same place. That's true of Birney Safety Streetcar No. 224, which offers Fort Smith visitors a 15-minute ride daily from May 1 through Oct. 31 and on weekends the rest of the year.