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AUG 2014

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From the beauty of the Ozark Mountains to the thermal waters of Hot Springs National Park and the treasures of Crater of Diamonds State Park, Arkansas delivers groups an outdoor won- derland for activities. Include these unique Southern Hospitality ideas into your next event there: 1. Meet in the Oval Office. Arkansas is home to America's 12 th Presidential Library. Located in downtown Little Rock, on the banks of the Arkansas River, the Clinton Presidential Center and Park contains the largest collection of presidential papers and artifacts in U.S. history and includes an authentic replica of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room— making it one of the most popular attractions in the South. 2. Spit out some seeds. Then, in August, head on down to Southwest Arkansas to President Clinton's hometown. Showcasing traditional, home- town charm at its finest, Hope is home to an annual festival of giant proportion. The Hope Watermelon Festival cele- brates the city's giant, record- holding watermelons along with plenty of seed-spitting entertainment. 3. Uncover seedy business. Take your group back to the days of the 20s, 30s, and 40s when mineral water, gambling, bootlegging, and other pleas- ures brought visitors from all over the world to Hot Springs. The Gangster Museum of America is an historic and entertaining account of how some of the most notorious criminals in America co-exist- ed with the quaint population of this little valley town in the mountains of central Arkansas. 4. Think Big. Remember another Arkansas Notable, Sam Walton, who opened his 5&10 on the Bentonville town square in 1950. Today, that humble little dime store is the location of The Walmart Museum. A family-friendly experience that features a world-class exhibit gallery, Walton's 5&10, and The Spark Café Soda Fountain. ■ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 M E E T I N G S I T E S G U I D E 14 Arkansas City Map Location Page Bentonville........................A1.................15 Conway ...........................C3.................15 Eureka Springs ...............B1.................15 Fayetteville ......................A2.................15 Fort Smith .......................A3.................15 Hot Springs .....................B4.................15 Little Rock .......................C3.................16 North Little Rock .............C3.................17 Pine Bluff ........................D4.................17 A B C D E F 1 2 3 4 5 6 Learn more about where & how to plan meetings in "The Natural State" by scanning this tag or visiting www.conventionsouth.com/arkansas.htm Photo: Walmart Museum Bentonville Pine Bluff's Southern Charm Downtown Pine Bluff is known as the "City of Murals" with 13 murals depicting the history of the city painted on the outside walls in the heart of downtown. Recreational opportunities in Pine Bluff range from water sports and some of the best bass fishing in the state on the Arkansas River to golf or tennis. As host to 30-35 bass tournaments each year, Jefferson County Regional Park has earned Pine Bluff the nickname of "Bass Capital of the World." The Pine Bluff Convention Center is the state's largest meeting facility, while the Arts and Science Center features exciting theatrical performances and workshops for children and adults. Pine Bluff also boasts the only Band Museum in the country, and has a historical museum and a railroad museum, pictured below. ■

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