Tales of the Crypt at Oak Cemetery this weekend features a first-ever NIGHT flight! Election information, and a sneak peek at what hundreds of local volunteers and organizations have planned for the month of May. Let's welcome all the visitors who'll be in town!

Job fair at Parrot Island

Parrot Island Waterpark is hiring, in preparation for the Memorial Day weekend grand opening. Those interested in working at the park this season are encouraged to attend Saturday’s job fair from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Ben Geren Community Shelter and Safe Shelter. Check the Parrot Island Facebook page for more info about the job fair, season passes, and more.

Oak Cemetery residents come to life

The inhabitants of historic Oak Cemetery come to life again this weekend, through the work of students in the UAFS History Department and historic interpretation program. Tales of the Crypt this year will feature a Saturday evening flight, beginning at 8:30 p.m. and two Sunday afternoon flights, at 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., respectively. It’s a walking event, rain or shine. Park at Ballman School, Creekmore Park, or along 31st Street. Shuttle buses will get you to the tours on time. Event flier

Yield for lights & sirens

As days grow longer and many of us delight in additional hours of outdoor fun, emergency services professionals remind all of us to “do what’s right and yield to the right“ whenever we see – or hear – an emergency vehicle approaching. Don’t block intersections, pull to the right edge of the road (or lane, if the outside lane is blocked), never stop abruptly, and follow directions issued from the emergency vehicle’s loudspeaker. These tips and more information can help crews get to our fellow citizens in need much more quickly, increase the likelihood that rescue personnel make it home safely to their families, and that we arrive safely at our destinations, as well.

Steel Horses are coming

Beginning May 1, the Steel Horse Rally thunders into the Fort. The event’s organizer – Dennis Snow – has long envisioned an event that will showcase Fort Smith’s rich history, and honor our men and women in uniform, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders. The organization plans to share profits with designated local nonprofits. For information about live entertainment, places to get a great view of bikers on their steel horses, or participate in one of the poker runs, check the organization’s website.

Western Heritage with lots of twists

May also kicks off Fort Smith Western Heritage Month. This citizen-led organization serves as an umbrella for bushel baskets full of events, like the Steel Horse Rally, the IC Spring Carnival, a Choctaw Nation stickball demonstration, staged train robberies, a 5K color run, tug rope competitions, and so much more. All of these spectacles mean there’s something to do for folks with a wide variety of interests. The best way to keep track of it all, and find something that suits your fancy, is to download this handy list of events for your wallet, or keep track digitally, through the Fort Smith Western Heritage Month on Facebook. Thanks to the volunteers who share a vision of “reliving the heritage and restoring the pride.“


Sebastian County election officials are preparing for the May 12 special election for City of Fort Smith voters. The first question on the ballot asks voters to decide whether or not to renew an existing 1% sales tax for use on streets, bridges, and associated drainage. The second question on the ballot asks, if the program is renewed, voters to decide on allocating 5% of the revenue of the next 10 years to be used for trails and bikeways.

Voters initially authorized a dedicated source for streets and drainage in 1985, and have renewed the funding in 1995 and 2005. If approved, the matter will come before voters again in 10 years.

Early voting begins May 5 at the county courthouse in Fort Smith. A sample ballot and notice of election are available here on the county clerk’s page. Residents may also access a sample ballot and information about polling locations through the city’s myAddress Fort Smith app.

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