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Staff Picks: Reception Songs

Image by Jamie Fender of Two Halves To Hold

Casey Jeu and Chase Rackley

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Who doesn’t love a good party? Even after all the work that goes into preparing for a relatively short ceremony, it can all seem like a blur afterward. That being said, blowing off steam at your reception should be a priority on your wedding day to-do list. You’re going to need it. Plus, you get to relax with the people you love and care about the most.

So. What do the people want to hear at a reception? We asked some of the ladies of Arkansas Bride what their favorite groove songs were and they did not disappoint. 

Devan Malone: I love a good “Cupid Shuffle”- mainly because it is a sure fire way to get everyone out on the dance floor and get the party starrrrrted :)

Brandy Hubener: ”Sweet Home Alabama,” “Brick House” or “Nuthin' but a G Thang”

Lindsay Irvin: “Glamorous" by Fergie, that was my bouquet toss song at my reception!

Jess Ardrey: “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada, “Gonna Make You Sweat” by C+C Music Factory and of course, “Wanna Be Startin' Somethin” By Michael Jackson

Erin Lang: Erin sent us an entire rockin' playlist, but highlights include: "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan, "Hurt So Good by" John Mellencamp and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" by Whitney Houston

 

Snag any pics of crazy wedding guests? Click on the photo above and share!

Photo by Jamie Fender Photography 

Contest: Win Free Admission to Girl Scouts Camp Out at Clinton Presidential Center

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This October, Girl Scouts - Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas is hosting its first-ever Round Up on the River, a rally and camping event held Oct. 10-12 on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center!

Scouts will gather for a Girl Rally and Kick-Off on Saturday, Oct. 11, followed by a huge picnic on the back lawn of the Clinton Presidential Center. Program activities will center around the "It's Your World - Change it!" Journeys, and encourage girls to take action and change the world with their sister Girl Scouts. Plus, all participants will earn a grade-appropriate Citizen Badge.

Brownies are invited for a day event from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Oct. 11. They'll learn how to take action in their community and take part in hands-on activities from Heifer International. Cost is $20 each for Brownies and their Leaders.

Junior Girl Scouts can attend an overnight event from 9 a.m. Oct. 11-noon Oct. 12. Girls will plan step-by-step how to tackle issues and spend one night camping on the Clinton Presidential Center lawn. Cost is $40 each for Juniors and their Leaders.

Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors will spend two nights camping out on the lawn! On Oct. 10, they'll dine in the Great Hall of the Clinton Center and attend a Clinton School Panel, learning how the students were inspired to become change agents. Then, girls will work together on solutions and commit to a Take Action Project. Cost is $60 for each girl and their Leaders.

Today (Sept. 18), Little Rock Family is giving away a free admission for one girl and her mom to Round Up on the River. To enter the contest, simply visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/LittleRockFamily and follow the instructions! The deadline to enter is 3 p.m. TODAY (September 18). A winner will be announced at 4 p.m. on our Facebook page.

For more information about Girl Scouts - Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, visit GirlScoutsDiamonds.org. Or, click here to read Little Rock Family's February 2014 feature on the Girl Scouts!

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day With These Local Favorites

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Happy National Cheeseburger Day, y'all! Not too long ago, Mark Carter highlighted some of the juiciest, cheesiest, most delicious burgers around. Let's throwback this Thursday to that delicious time in our lives, plus a special bonus surprise at the end.

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Big Orange, 17809 Chenal Pkwy.: A chic spot in both west Little Rock and Midtown, Big Orange serves up some pretty spectacular gourmet burgers with unique flavor combinations like the White Truffle Pecorino (Pecorino cheese, arugula, fig jam, and white truffle, and mayo) and my favorite the Petit Jean Bacon & Avocado (American cheese, petit jean bacon, avocado, butter leaf lettuce, tomato, and mayo).

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Arkansas Burger Co., 7410 Cantrell Road: This is THE cream-of-the-crop of burger dives here in the capital city. Mark Carter writes that the spot's The Rock burger is best consumed when dipped in white cheese dip and there is a side of shoestring onion rings. We agree!

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David's Burgers, 101 S. Bowman Road: Any place that has delicious burgers and refills your fries for free is top-notch in our book.

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Copper Grill, 300 E. Third St., #101: This popular, corporate downtown Little Rock eatery offers a pretty impressive lineup of dishes, especially burgers. The home-made pimento cheese cheeseburger is a popular choice among diners, Carter writes.

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The Box, corner of 7th and Ringo Streets: In its former life, the burger hot spot lived on South Main before going on a two-year hiatus and reopening in 2012. It's still the same no-frills, all-grease restaurant it used to be.

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Capital Bar & Grill, 111 W. Markham St.: There are so many fantastic entrees on this upscale eatery's menu, but we can't forget about the incredible burgers. It just goes to show that great burgers come in all settings and sometimes include house-made pickles, Carter says.

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Hillcrest Artisan Meats (H.A.M.), 2807 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Every Friday, this local butcher shop fries up 30 burgers (that's it!) and we can assure you that their beef -- from free-range cows -- is pretty amazing.

You made it to the end! As a reward, and because it's one of our new favorite holidays, the Purple Cow is offering $2 off any of their cheeseburgers for Soirée and readers who mention this blog! See? Knowledge IS power.

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Soirée is Looking for the Best Lawyers in the City

When you need a lawyer, you often need one in a hurry. But how do you know who to call?

Little Rock Soirée wants to simplify the process of finding a lawyer by identifying the best ones in Little Rock.

You can help by listing your favorites in the categories of personal injury, taxation, family law, bankruptcy, business litigation, commercial real estate, corporate insurance, corporate finance, corporate law, criminal defense, environmental law and more.

Each entry must include a nomination in at least 10 different categories to be included. 

Nominate here. 

Deadline for entries is this Friday (Sept. 19) at 5 p.m.

The results will be published in the December 2014 edition of Little Rock Soirée.  

PHOTOS: New Crystal Bridges Museum Exhibit Opens

Gallery by Ryan A. Miller

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If you haven't had the chance to take a road trip to Bentonville and visit the stunning Crystal Bridges Museum yet, now's the time. It's not only a gorgeous drive, especially with fall's arrival, but a brand new exhibit just opened. 

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Our sister publication, Arkansas Business, reported a free exhibit, "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now," just opened and it will run until Jan. 19. Museum President Don Bacigalupi said he and assistant curator Chad Alligood met with more than 1,000 artists, mostly in the artists’ studios.

The exhibit, which will cover 19,000 SF in two galleries at the museum, has more than 200 pieces of art from 102 artists, including four from Arkansas: Guy Bell of Little Rock; Linda Lopez of Fayetteville; DeLita Martin of Little Rock; and John Salvest of Jonesboro.

Bacigalupi said the museum wanted to get a diverse collection of art that used a variety of different materials and canvases. The museum also wanted to give a forum for lesser-known artists across the country.

Read the full story from Arkansas Business here. 

Here's a peek at the new exhibit. 

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Stay Ahead of the Curve: Visible Signs of Scoliosis

For many of us who grew up in the ‘80s, scoliosis strikes fear in our hearts because it reminds us of Judy Blume’s “Deenie” or Joan Cusack’s character in the movie “Sixteen Candles.” We may have held our breath and said a prayer as we were examined for the condition at school, and we don’t want that added stress for our kids.

The good news is that most people with childhood scoliosis go on to live full, active lives. Stacy Lewis, a University of Arkansas alumna and pro golfer who ranked No. 1 in the LPGA, is spokesperson for a campaign led by the Scoliosis Research Society. She has worked hard to overcome the challenges she faced as a teen with scoliosis. Her story illustrates the possibilities for young people with scoliosis and confirms that the diagnosis is certainly not a life sentence.

Here’s what parents should know.

What is Scoliosis?

Simply defined, scoliosis is a rotational deformity of the backbone. Instead of forming a straight line, a spine with scoliosis curves, sometimes looks like a letter “C” or “S,” and has an asymmetric prominence when the child bends forward.

There are three primary types of scoliosis: idiopathic (unknown cause); congenital (born with the condition); and neuromuscular (any medical condition that affects the nerves and muscles can lead to scoliosis). By far, the most common form is adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, which is typically diagnosed between ages 11 and 16. “Sometimes the curves don’t show themselves until right before puberty, or sometimes during growth spurts in young men,” explains Dr. Kathryn McCarthy, a specialist in orthopaedic surgery of the spine at Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics. “There is no real, true understanding of why it occurs. We’re now beginning to understand it on a genetic level—a diagnosis is 20 percent more likely in the child of someone who has scoliosis.”

Warning Signs

Unlike what many parents may have experienced, school screenings are no longer standard. “You cannot guarantee that this test will be performed in your child’s school. Most often, the diagnosis comes from the primary care physician,” says McCarthy.

Parents can look for visible indicators, including an uneven waistline, shoulders that are not level, a prominent scapula (wing bone), or the body being shifted off-center when looked at from behind.

If you suspect your child may have scoliosis, consult your family physician, pediatrician or orthopaedist first. Once the child is examined, an x-ray may be obtained, which will confirm the presence of a curvature. From there, the child usually is referred to a scoliosis specialist.

Treatment Plan

After a diagnosis, treatment options become top priority. McCarthy says braces are still very common and can help prevent surgical intervention. The Boston scoliosis brace is the traditional model—a rigid brace designed to hold the spine in place. “I recommend them without question. A brace can prevent further progression of curves that are 25 degrees in someone who still has a lot of growth,” McCarthy explains. A brace is not as beneficial for a 17-year-old, for example, as there is not a lot of growth left. McCarthy recommends her patients wear their braces 23 hours a day, with exceptions for activities like sports. “The worst thing a young person with scoliosis can do is stop being socially active,” she says.

The spine usually stops growing at the end of puberty, (typically age 14-15 for women and age 16 for men), and the brace is no longer necessary.

The vast majority of people with scoliosis do not need surgery. For the few that do end up having surgery, McCarthy says that “most of my patients are up and walking within one day of surgery. Within six weeks they are back in school. I have a patient who has returned to competitive cheerleading.”

With early detection and proper treatment, parents and doctors can help minimize the long-term impact of scoliosis. Says McCarthy: “We’re giving somebody the opportunity to live a very active, fulfilling life. They don’t miss a beat.”

The Straight Truth

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, there are three primary types of scoliosis: idiopathic (unknown cause); congenital (born with the condition); and neuromuscular (any medical condition that affects the nerves and muscles can lead to scoliosis).

  • Idiopathic scoliosis is thought to be present in two to three percent of adolescents.
  • One in 500 of these will require active treatment.
  • Only one in 5,000 will have curves that progress to the degree where surgery is recommended.
  • Girls and boys are equally affected by small degrees of scoliosis.
  • Girls, however, are eight times more likely than boys to develop progressive curves.

For more information, visit Scoliosis Research Society, SRS.org, and IScoliosis.com.

Arkansas Engagement: Hannah Davis & Payton Parsons

Gallery by Jon Yoder

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Hannah Davis & Payton Parsons are tying the knot on March 18, 2015, in Houston.

These two lovebirds, Hannah originally from Texas and Payton from Florida, met right here in the Natural State at Harding University in Searcy, and sparks flew when they both wound up on the same study abroad trip to Zambia.

Check out their stellar (see what we did there?) engagement session at Camp Tahkodah in Floral, Ark. by Jon Yoder!

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19 Pumpkin Patches in Central Arkansas to Visit this Fall

Take your kids to some of these amazing farms and patches for great fall fun!

Pumpkin Patches & Family Farms
Pumpkin Patch in Scott — Scott Pumpkin Patch includes hayrides, pig races, barnyard nursery, playground, farmer’s market, petting zoo, maze, concessions, pony rides, cart rides and the pre-picked pumpkin patch. Hours open to the public are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and noon-6 p.m. Sun. Oct. 1-31. Admission is $7 per person, and kids ages 2 and younger are FREE. For info: 920-2901 or ScottPumpkinPatch.com.
BoBrook Farms in Roland — Bring the whole family to BoBrook for a hayride, play in the cornpit, go through the hay maze and play with the animals. You can also pick your own pumpkin. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. and noon-6 p.m. Sun. Sept. 24-Oct. 31. Admission is $5, and the maze is an additional $3. Children ages 2 and younger are FREE. For info: BoBrookFarms.com or 519-5666.
Schaefers’ & Collins’ Pumpkin Patch & Farm in Mayflower — Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch, where you can pick out your own pumpkin. Then visit the barnyard animals, navigate tunnels, race in sacks and climb over hay bales. Cost is $5 per person. Concessions available. Patch open 9-6 Mon.-Sat. and noon-6 p.m. Sun. Sept. 24-Oct. 31. 
For info: SchaefersPumpkinPatch.com.
Schaefers’ Corn Maze in Mayflower — Schaefers’ includes two corn mazes: one for younger children and one for older children and adults. Hayrides are also available, along with hay bales, tractor tires, a corn pile and more. Schaefers’ Corn Maze will run from Sept. 24-Oct. 31. Hours are noon-8 p.m. Thurs., noon-11 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-midnight Sat. and 1-8 p.m. Sun. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children and ages 2 and younger are FREE. For info: SchaefersCornMaze.com or 269-7903.
Mary’s Place in Bryant — At Mary’s Place, kids will enjoy train rides, a maze, a treehouse, bounce houses, animals and a pumpkin patch. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 1-5 p.m. Sun. Sept. 22-Nov. 12. Cost is $5 per person without a pumpkin, and $7.50 per person including a pumpkin. For info: MarysPlaceinBryant.com or 847-3900.
Garner Homestead Family Farm in Lonsdale — For $7 you can enjoy a full day on the farm, including a hayride, live barnyard animal show, woodland nature trail, animal petting area, corn field of trails, playground, picnic areas, a trip to the pumpkin patch and your choice of a bonus activity. Hours are 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Sept. 20-Nov. 5. Children ages 2 and younger are FREE. For info: 463-0510 or GarnerHomesteadFamilyFarm.com.
Johnston Pumpkin Farm in Greenbrier — Come enjoy hayrides, farm animals, lots of pumpkins, a play area, a country store and many photo opportunities. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. Sept. 24-Oct. 31. There will also be two special events: Scarecrow Contest on Oct. 1 and Pumpkin Fest on Oct. 8. Admission to the farm is FREE, but there are additional charges for some activities. For info: 679-5078.
Motley’s Pumpkin Patch in Little Rock — A day at Motley’s includes hayrides, a farm zoo, hay play, picking pumpkins and pig races! Everything is included with admission, which is $6 per person, and children ages 3 and younger are FREE. Hours open to the public are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Oct. 1-31. For info: MotleysPumpkinPatch.com or 888-1129.
Pumpkin Hill at Wildwood Park for the Arts in Little Rock — Hayrides to Pumpkin Hill are available for field trips on weekdays and to the public from 1-4 p.m. Sun. from 
Oct. 9-30. Other activities include a pumpkin push, sack races and a nature hunt. Cost is 
$5 for kids and $2 for adults, and kids get to pick their own pumpkins. For info: 821-7275.

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Enjoy fall harvest time at a pick-your-own pumpkin patch that offers hayrides, corn mazes and other family activities. Start planning your harvest fun now -- many of the farms will start welcoming visitors at the end of the month and the beginning of October, but some will even open this weekend (Sept. 19-21)!

Note: We advise that you call ahead before your pumpkin patch visit; for many farms, opening dates and hours are dependent on the weather.

1. Arkansas Frontier in Quitman

Not only can your family pluck a pumpkin from the U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, they can also learn about the lives of early settlers and Native Americans on the living history farm. Tour a replica of a pioneer homestead, learn a lesson in the schoolhouse and see a covered wagon. Little ones can also meet the animals who live on the farm—pigs, miniature horses, sheep, rabbits and a llama. In the Enchanted Forest, visitors stroll through a nature trail of storybook characters like Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs.

1625 Wesley Chapel Road, Quitman. $8, includes all attractions except Gem Stone Mining; pumpkins purchased separately.

Oct. 1-31: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Available for groups by reservation Mon.-Fri. For info: (501) 589-3122, ArkansasFrontier.com.

2. Asbury’s Pumpkin Patch at Asbury United Methodist Church in Little Rock

Pick your perfect pumpkin and take pictures in this patch, conveniently located in west Little Rock.

1700 Napa Valley Drive, Little Rock. Pumpkins range in color and price.

Oct. 11-31: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. For info: (501) 225-9231, Asbury-LR.org.

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3. BoBrook Farms in Roland

Not far from Pinnacle Mountain State Park, you’ll find this charming sunflower maze and pumpkin patch. Enjoy a hayride, sunflower maze, farm animals and a hay maze. Plus, kids can climb on a hay mountain formed from 200-300 bales of hay, and jump into the corn pit of 5,000 pounds of corn. When you’re ready to find a pumpkin, head to the 12-row pumpkin patch; some of the pumpkins are even left on the vine for families to cut themselves. Concessions and crafts are also available for purchase.

3810 Combee Lane, Roland. $6, includes all attractions; pumpkins sold separately and range from 50 cents-$12.

Oct. 1-31: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. & Sun. For info: (501) 519-5666, BoBrookFarms.com.

4. Cox Berry Farm & Nursery in Clarksville

This family-owned farm in Clarksville has been in business for close to 50 years; families can choose from many Pick-Your-Own experiences ending in late fall with pumpkins. In September and October, families can also snag apples from the orchard; in October, you’ll find Gold Rush, Fuji and Arkansas Black varieties. Plus, during the autumn season, younger children will love walking along a trail lined with fun characters, decorations, photo opps and a rope maze.

1081 Hwy. 818, Clarksville. Entry to the farm free; pumpkin prices vary by weight; pumpkin trail costs extra.

Oct. 1-31. For info and hours: (479) 754-3707, CoxBerryFarm.com.

5. Family Farm Fall Harvest and Pumpkin Patch in Malvern

Known by local families for its summer day camp, Family Farm also offers a pumpkin patch in October. Visitors can enjoy a hayride and John Deer train, fishing in the pond, petting farm animals, braving the “slide mountain” and running through hay tunnels.

18448 Hwy. 67, Malvern. $5, includes all attractions except the zipline; pumpkins sold separately.

Oct. 4-Nov. 1: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat; available by reservation Mon.-Fri. for school field trips. For info: (501) 337-4171, FamilyFarm.org.

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6. Garner Homestead Family Farm in Lonsdale near Hot Springs

Day trip to this family farm near Hot Springs for the complete autumn harvest experience, including a hayride, barnyard animal show featuring two goats (including a pygmy) that give kisses, pull a rabbit out of a hat and more, cornfield trails to run through, and an animal petting area. Youngsters can also frolic in a play area with tire swings, tunnels and climbing poles, hunt for arrowheads in the “arrowhead hunting grounds,” or hike a woodland trail down to a creek bank where kiddos can pan for “fool’s gold.” And, of course, don’t forget to pick up a locally-grown pumpkin!

1376 Hwy. 128/Hot Springs Village Cutoff, Lonsdale. $6, includes all attractions, children under 3 free; pumpkins sold separately and range from $2-$25.

Sept. 23-Nov. 1: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat. For info: (501) 463-0510, GarnerHomesteadFamilyFarm.com.

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7. Hay Days at Wildwood Park for the Arts in Little Rock

Celebrate fall with tractor-drawn hayrides, storytime featuring American tall tales and Native American folklore, and pumpkins to take home.

20919 Denny Road, Little Rock. $5, includes hayride and pumpkin patch.

Oct. 11-31: noon-4 p.m. Sat.; available Oct. 21-31 by reservation for school field trips. For info: (501) 821-7275, WildwoodPark.org.

8. Hicks Family Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch in Lonoke

Romp through the corn maze, visit the pumpkin patch, enjoy a pony ride and make friends with a barnyard full of farm animals. Little ones can saddle up for a pony ride and the whole family can take a hay ride.

184 Lasiter Road, Lonoke. $8, includes all attractions, children under 5 free with paying adult; pumpkins and food sold separately.

Sept. 27-Nov. 1: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun; available by reservation Mon.-Fri. for school field trips. For info: (501) 941-2703, HicksFamilyFarms.com.

9. Holland Bottom Farm in Cabot

Stop by this produce stand for decorative gourds, white pumpkins and mums to spruce up your front porch; or shop for edibles like tomatoes, potatoes, squash, pie pumpkins, honey, jam and more. For a pick-your-own experience, families can head to the pumpkin patch behind the stand. On the last two weekends before Halloween, hop on a free tractor-pulled hayride out to the field (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. & Sun., plus Halloween Day).

1255 Bill Foster Memorial Hwy./Hwy. 321, Cabot.

Produce stand open through Oct. 31: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. For info: (501) 843-7152, (501) 743-8181; HollandBottomFarm.com.

10. J&P Ranch, Inc. in Scott

Since 1999, this pumpkin patch has been bringing smiles to little ones. Kids can wind their way through a hay maze made of round bales, take a hayride in a tractor-pulled covered wagon, gaze at an aquarium filled with fish, and feed rabbits, goats and chickens in a petting zoo. Little ones can also hop on a horse for a quick, hand-led horseback ride or blow off steam on basketball and volleyball courts. A mobile pumpkin patch (complete with Frankenstein-esque monster) is available to visit to schools and churches, and brings along pumpkins, chicken and rabbits.

966 McCoy off of I-40 East, Scott. $5, includes all activities and a free pumpkin for each child under 12.

Sept. 29-Nov. 2: 1-5 p.m. Sat. & Sun.; field trips and groups welcome 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon.-Fri. by reservation only. For info: (501) 920-6537.

11. Mary’s Place Pumpkin Patch in Bryant

At Mary’s Place, kids will enjoy rides on the new train which takes riders through the Sherwood Forest. You’ll stop at the Western town setting which has lots of spots for photo opps. Plus, kids can play on a wooden maze, a treehouse, and a hay mountain with a tunnel.

3705 Hwy. 5 N., Bryant. $9 includes all attractions and large pumpkin; $6 includes all attractions and no pumpkin.

Sept. 25-Nov. 8: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. For info: (501) 847-3900, MarysPlaceInBryant.com.

12. Motley’s Pumpkin Patch in Little Rock

This Little Rock farm offers a full day of fun, including a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, country store, tractor-drawn wagon rides, and a petting zoo full of goats, chickens and pigs. Kids can also climb on a hay bale mountain and take a slide back down to the ground. Or, pick an oinker to compete in the pig races. Plus, don’t miss a special performance of Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show (see website for schedule).

13724 Sandy Ann Drive, Little Rock. $8, children under 3 and seniors ages 55 and up free.

Sept. 27-Nov. 2: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. & Sun; available by reservation Mon.-Fri. for school field trips. For info: (501) 888-1129, MotleysPumpkinPatch.com.

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13. Mountain Home Berry Farm

If you’re in the northern part of the state during the harvest months, make a stop at this popular attraction. During its Fall Festival, families can go on an hour-long hayride tour that stops by the petting zoo (featuring an adorable miniature donkey), Mulch Mountain, kid’s corn maze and the pumpkin patch. A country store features homemade jams and jellies, apple cider, local honey and more.

693 County Road 57, Mountain Home. Entry to pumpkin patch free; $6 includes Fall Festival attractions; pumpkins sold separately.

Sept. 19-Nov. 2: noon-5 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. & Sun. Available to groups, birthday parties and field trips by reservation Wed.-Fri. For info: (870) 425-7028, MountainHomeBerryFarm.com.

14. Peebles Farm in Augusta

Pumpkins take over 60 acres of Peebles Farm, with 10 acres set aside for visitors to pick their own. Plus, visitors can hop on horse and carriage rides, explore the you-pick cotton field and more. Adventurous tykes can stumble through a 20-acre corn maze—the aerial view of the labyrinth forms the outline of a tractor pulling a pumpkin-loaded cart. Fearless families can even try and navigate the maze with flashlights after dark on Friday and Saturday evenings, but be prepared for some extra thrills and frights!

Hwy. 64 between Augusta and McCrory, Augusta. $8, includes most attractions, such as barnyard, corn maze, cotton patch and admission to pumpkin patch; children ages 2 and under free; hayrides $3; horse and carriage rides $3; pumpkins sold separately.

Sept. 26-Oct. 31: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat., noon-dusk Sun. For info: (870) 919-6162, PeeblesFarm.com.

15. Pumpkin Hollow in Piggott

Spend a beautiful autumn day enjoying all the fun, including the corn mazes, hayrides, catfish feeding, pony rides and pig scrambles (weekends), farm animals, Kids’ Barn, kids’ “train” ride, a slide down the pond levee, shopping, tasty treats, haunted attractions, and much more. The Friendly Forest, decked out with scenes and interactive displays, is designed just for children and the faint-of-heart. Two separate corn mazes with different difficulty levels are also available for visitors. Bring a flashlight and brave the mazes on Fright Nights, if you dare.

671 County Road 336, Piggott. $10 for standard package, $15 for Kids’ Daytime Armbands.

Sept. 20-Oct. 31: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun. Corn Maze open additional evening hours on Fright Nights; see website for details. For info: (870) 598-3568, PumpkinHollow.com.

16. Roseberry Farm in Benton

This brand-new pumpkin patch in Benton is operated by three brothers on a 56-acre farm. For its first year in business, Roseberry Farm will offer homegrown pumpkins in the 3-acre, pick-your-own patch; farm animal visits with chickens, goats and rabbits; hayrides; and thrills on the barrel ride, a tractor-pulled train made from 55-gallon drums cut in half. Treats at a small concession stand will also be available. Field trips, birthday parties and large groups are welcome by reservation.

12223 Hwy. 9, Benton. $6, children under 2 free; pumpkin prices vary.

Sept. 25-Oct. 31: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thu.-Sun. For info: (501) 722-8545, Roseberry-Farms.com.

17. Schaefers and Collins Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze at Lollie in Mayflower

This popular spot boasts a brand-new building and larger play area this year; visitors can take a hayride to the field where the pumpkins are grown and make their pick. Children can also meet the barnyard animals and tumble around a play area with hay tunnels, cut-outs for pictures, a large sand box, swings and more. On weekends, kids will delight in train and pony rides, bounce houses and face painting. And, families can get spooked on a haunted, nighttime hayride (check website for dates and times). After all the wholesome fun, head to farm next door to get lost in the corn maze—every year a new design is etched into the corn stalks, and this year’s is a special design to celebrate its 10th year. Field trips, groups and birthday parties welcome by reservation.

Pumpkin patch: 864 Lollie Road, Mayflower. $5 includes play area, hayride and a pumpkin; hayride only $1; haunted hayride $5; other attractions and concessions available for additional fees.

Pumpkin patch opens Sept. 27-Oct. 31: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun.; haunted hayrides Fri. & Sat. For info: (501) 470-3127, SchaefersPumpkinPatch.com.

Corn maze: $7, seniors ages 60 and up $6, children ages 3-12 $5, children under 3 free; mini corn maze, hayride and train ride $3 each.

The maze will be open Sept.-Oct.; check website for updates. Noon-10:30 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sat., 1-8 p.m. Sun. For info: (501) 269-7903, CornMazeAtLollie.com.

18. Scott Pumpkin Patch

After taking a year off from the pumpkin business, this popular patch is back. The new location in Scott will offer pig races, a bucking barrel, barnyard zoo, hayrides, hay mountain, rubber duck races, a toddler zone, tractor playground and a pirate ship. Birthday parties and field trips available by reservation.

14900 Hwy. 165, Scott. $8, seniors ages 65 and up and veterans $7, children under 3 free.

Sept 27-Nov. 1. For info and hours: (501) 920-2901, Facebook.

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19. St. Joseph Farm Fest in North Little Rock

Housed on the 63 acres surrounding the former St. Joseph Orphanage, this new educational farm will teach visitors about sustainable agriculture and carbon-negative farming—and, of course, give families a chance to pick pumpkins on the four-acre patch. Unique activities include a maze made from Sorghum-Sudangrass, a fast-growing grass that stands up to 12 feet tall; demonstrations on non-GMO pasture poultry; and tours through the seven-acre Food Forest, a project designed to feed the hungry and planted with fruit, berry and nut trees. The opening weekend (Oct. 18-19) will feature music all day, hayrides, the Arkansas Craftsman Fair, local food and a pioneer village filled with costumed actors.

6800 Camp Robinson Road, North Little Rock. $15 Sat., $10 Sun.; children under 12 $7; children 2 and under free.

Oct. 15-Oct. 31: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. & Sun.; open Wed.-Fri. by reservation for school groups, homeschool groups and custom tours. For info: (870) 370-4047, StJosephFarm.com.

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