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WEST LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 9, 2012) - Wildwood Park for the Arts is serving up lots of family fun in October with its fifth annualHARVEST! Festival on Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday, October 14, noon - 6 p.m celebrating the sights, sounds and traditions of autumn in Arkansas.

Festival-goers will access all the traditions they've come to enjoy during the autumn event - hay rides to Pumpkin Hill; antique tractors, miniature railroad and garden railroad displays; delicious, wholesome foods and artisan crafts for purchase; and the inspiring, energetic sounds of the Arkansas Pickin' & Fiddlin' Championship and other Americana music beside Swan Lake.
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The weekend begins on Friday evening, October 12, when Ballet Arkansas debuts American Images, a dance concert blending athleticism and artistry in six newly commissioned works inspired by artworks, ideas and events from the American cultural landscape. Performances will also be held on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, indoors at Wildwood's Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theater.

On Saturday, the two-day HARVEST! Festival kicks off with events the whole family can enjoy, even the family dog! Wildwood Park and CARE for Animals have combined race forces to host the Paws on the Pavement RunWILD 5K, a point-to-point, chip-timed race beginning at The Promenade at Chenal and finishing in Wildwood's 105-acre green space. You'll know the finish line is near when you enter Wildwood's gate and become surrounded by a panoramic view of Swan Lake. Paws on the Path WILDFun Run is a 1K designed for two- and four-legged family members along the paved trails in Wildwood's Butler Arboretum.

Performances scheduled throughout the HARVEST! weekend include Wildwood's Arkansas Pickin' & Fiddlin' Championship on Sunday, bluegrass and Americana music all day Saturday, and Wildwood's Art To Go tour of Lily & The Apple Seed which is touring to Arkansas elementary schools through November.

The apple is in fact the inspiration for the culinary competition, and an ornamental black-smithing and horseshoeing competition will add to the excitement of this HARVEST! weekend. Put your running shoes on Saturday morning and HARVEST! autumnal fun all weekend long!

The Arkansas Pickin' and Fiddlin' Championship attract musicians and fans from across Arkansas and the region. The competition was founded in 2008 with Wildwood's first HARVEST! Festival. Rules, registration and more information about the Arkansas Pickin' and Fiddlin' Championship are available at www.wildwoodpark.org and www.fiddlinarkansas.com.

HARVEST! Festival tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages six to 12, and children five and under are free. To purchase tickets or for more Festival information call 501-821-7275 or visit online at www.wildwoodpark.org.

Ballet Arkansas's American Images tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children (12 and under) for the Friday, October 12th Opening Night performance with Champagne Reception at 7:30pm. During the HARVEST! Festival on Saturday (4pm performance) and Sunday (2pm performance) tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and under). To purchase tickets visit www.wildwoodpark.org or www.balletarkansas.org. Saturday and Sunday American Images ticket purchases include entry to the HARVEST! festival.

(Source: Wildwood Park for the Arts)

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