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Magic Springs presents first Hispanic headliner on September 6

Magic Springs presents first Hispanic headliner on September 6

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -  Magic Springs Water & Theme Park will present its first Hispanic headliner during a summer concert in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. On Sunday, September 6 the accordion musical act “Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon,” one the most popular norteño groups, is set to perform live at the Timberwood Amphitheater.

“We’re excited to present “Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon,” in addition to an opportunity for hundreds of families to explore all our water and theme park has to offer. We’ll have dancers, Mariachi Band and other special activities to kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month,” says Steve Honeycutt, General Manager of Magic Springs. “For one special price Arkansans and visitors can enjoy both parks and watch as the band transforms the stage into a grand fiesta in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.”

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Stolen Hot Springs gator found crossing the road

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - One of the 13 baby alligators stolen from the Arkansas Alligator Farm last month was found on Wednesday crossing the road in Hot Springs.

"I don't understand why they took them really, they're neat and they're small," said Farm Manager Jamie Bridges. "They're cute. And I think that's the only reason they took them. Maybe to trade for something or to try to sell."

It was out on Marion Anderson Road, where Pat Garrett spotted the gator while driving. He thought it was a rubber toy but when he touched it moved.

"And we think that's where the people who stole him must live around there somewhere," Bridges said.

Twelve of the thirteen stolen gators are still missing. They were taken from the farm back in August. Bridges said a $200 reward led to a few tips about the gators' location.

Happy 50th Anniversary!

Happy 50th Anniversary!

Happy 50th Anniversary to Rodney and Jerry Bise of Heber Springs, Ark. 

Tickets to Villagestock now on sale

Tickets to Villagestock now on sale

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE – Celebrate love, peace and music at the second annual Villagestock on Saturday, September 26 at Grove Park.

This event, sponsored by Boomers Rock and Hot Springs Village Recreation, will have non-stop music, food vendors, fun and games. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at HSVTicketsales.com.

The gate opens at 1 p.m., and the music never stops! Moonshine Mafia takes the stage at 1:30 p.m., followed by Crash Meadow at 3:45 p.m. and Doctor/Doctor at 6 p.m. Solar Federation will close out the evening in the 8:15 to 10 p.m. time slot.

“We have two stages set up this year,” said Stacy Hoover, Director of Recreation Operations. “It’s going to be wall to wall music.” While the main stage is setting up for the next headliner band, singer/songwriters will be performing on the side stage. Plus, there will be outdoor games, trivia, a cash bar, raffles, food vendors and more.

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Running of the buffalo? Hot Springs planing celebration of April escape

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – The roaming buffalo of Hot Springs made such an impression on the town, they might just get their own celebration.

According to Steve Arrison of the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city is planning “Buffalo Days” for some time in April 2016 to commemorate the period of time which six buffalo broke loose from their enclosure and ran through the city from April 16 to May 1.

“It was such a big deal and the timing was so great for our tourism season this year, we wanted to celebrate it next year as well,” said Arrison.

Arrison added that there will most likely be a street party with people selling hats and t-shirts. The CVB is asking the public to submit suggestions, with one idea being a “Running of the Buffalo” with people in costume.

New at Bryant Fall Fest: BBQ Contest, Beer Garden, Bubble Ball, Human Foosball

New at Bryant Fall Fest: BBQ Contest, Beer Garden, Bubble Ball, Human Foosball

BRYANT, Ark. (City of Bryant) - We are sanctioned! The 28th Annual Fall Fest on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Bishop Park, 6401 Boone Road, will include a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned competition, a backyard barbecue competition and an accompanying beer garden this year. The title sponsor for the BBQ event, Arkansas Craft Distributing, will bring us craft beers from Summit and Oskar Blues. $7,500 in prize money will be awarded in the KCBS event.

The event committee is also excited to announce the addition of a human Bubble Ball area, sponsored by GracePoint Church, and a human Foosball area provided by the City of Bryant.  Fall Fest is presented by Landers of Saline County.

Mid-America Skywalk exhibit up for award

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs has an exhibit that is up for grabs for a people's choice award.

It's called the skywalk and has science in every nook and cranny.

Skywalk itself is one large exhibit that showcases the natural splendor that surrounds the entire museum. It's part of the renovations to the museum.

"It's the only skywalk in the state, we're 40 feet above the ground, it's so interactive…enough going on that science is displayed above, below, and in between this above ground deck," said Jim Miller, the director of the museum.

"It's a California cedar that it's built with."

Miller showed THV11 around and pointed out all there is to do and the science behind it.

"It's one of most popular spots in here at the sky walk is the circular net – it operates like a trampoline."