Saturday, December 2 will be a fun-filled day in Horseshoe Bend beginning with the 2017 Winterfest Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is Christmas in the Bend.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. and everyone is welcome to enter the parade. New this year, the parade will have a rain delay/cancellation policy. If it is raining too hard at 9:30 a.m., the parade will have a one hour delay and a hopeful start time of 11 a.m. If it is still raining at 11 a.m., the parade will be canceled and Santa will make his appearance at the chamber office directly following the announcement of parade cancelation.
Also new this year, parade floats will need to enter the parade line up from Highway 289/S. Bend Drive. From there, early arrival floats will turn left on First Street, right on Profession Drive and right on Third Street. The first float (after dignitaries) will begin the parade line at the corner of Third and Church Street until directed to move forward. Floats will be lined up in order of arrival, not by category and will receive entry forms once in line. Prizes will be awarded for first through third place with points being earned for theme, originality and overall appearance of the float.
Following the parade, Santa will be at the chamber office, and all children are welcome to come visit with Santa. The Horseshoe Bend Volunteer Fire Department will be offering hot dogs, brats and other concessions.
The 20th Annual Festival of Trees will be held at Cedar Glade Resort in Horseshoe Bend at 900 Fourth Street.
Everyone is invited to come and see the variety of decorations and creativity on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and Cedar Glade Resort.
Area clubs, churches, businesses and civic organizations are encouraged to place a decorated tree in the resort lobby, which is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“Every year we have some truly spectacular Christmas trees in the festival,” said chairman Karen Sherrell. “Some of the holiday trees reflect a theme, and are really clever.”
Theme forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office located at 707 S. Third Street. Forms include name of club, organization or business, theme of tree, and a short narrative of the Christmas tree to be included in the Festival of Trees program. Forms need to be returned to the Chamber office by Thursday, November 30.
Christmas trees may be put in place beginning the day after Thanksgiving Day, November 23, and must be in place no later than Friday, December 1. Trees will remain for public viewing thorough the end of the year. Past themes include, Where do the unsold Christmas trees go, Let it snow, Gone fishin’, Volunteer angels ringing bells throughout the ages, Merry Beaded Christmas, and of course you may just enter a tree themed Merry Christmas to All.
Get your ideas in place and get to decorating for the Annual Festival of Trees to be held at Cedar Glade Resort in Horseshoe Bend.
So everyone come on out and get in the holiday spirit on Saturday, December 2 in Horseshoe Bend!
The 24th Annual Spirit of Lights Lighting Contest is now underway.
Everyone is encouraged to light up Horseshoe Bend, from Main Street to residences. Deadline to enter is Friday, December 15 at noon.


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The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that the City of Horseshoe Bend will host a Halloween Trunk or Treat. The event will take place on the lower level of the Diamond B Mall parking lot on Halloween from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. The gazebo will be decorated and reserved as a free photo booth area, so be sure to bring your phone or camera. Horseshoe Bend Fire and Rescue will give away free hot dogs to kids in costume; burgers and hot dogs will also be available for purchase. The DJ Doctor will provide music, and there will be two rows set up for trick-or-treaters to collect candy from. One row will be reserved for parked automobiles and the other row will be for tables and lawn chairs. To ensure the safety of all those ghosts and goblins, everyone handing out candy should be parked and/or set by 5 p.m.
The Chamber would also like to see businesses participating in this event by decorating a table or trunk. For more information, please call the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce at 870-670-5433 or contact them via Facebook at facebook.com/hsbacc.
The Horseshoe Bend Library will have a Pumpkin Ball program on Saturday, October 28 at 11 a.m. Children should come dressed in their Halloween costume. They will be reading several books as a prelude to Halloween. The Library will be decorated and several activities, treats, surprises are planned. Cut off for age is 13 years.
Residents at CrownPoint Health and Rehab in Horseshoe Bend will be passing out candy on Halloween night from 6 to 7 p.m.
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Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, located on Hwy. 56 in Violet Hill, will have their Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. Inflatables, hayride, pumpkin seed spitting contest, hot dog eating contest, marshmallow eating contest, chili cook-off and more will be available that afternoon. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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Oxford Baptist Church is having a trunk and treat fall festival in the church parking lot. Decorated trunks, games, food and prizes will be the entertainment on Halloween at 6 p.m.
Melbourne
Belview Baptist Church is having a trunk and treat fall festival in the church parking lot with decorated trunks, games, food and prizes on Sunday, October 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant
The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department will be handing out candy at the Firehouse by the school starting at 5 p.m. on Halloween.
Salem
Trunk or Treat will be held on the Salem Square on Halloween night.
At the Salem Methodist Church parking lot on Saturday, October 28 from 3 to 6 p.m., there will be food, games and fun. Everyone is invited.
Southfork River Therapy and Living Center will host their annual Fall Festival on October 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be games for children with prizes and candy.
Salem First Baptist Church will have their Trunk-or-Treat on Wednesday, October 25 at 5 p.m.
A Fall Festival will be held at Salem Elementary cafeteria on Saturday, October 28 from 5 to 7 p.m., open to the public. Games, cake walk, ring toss and more. Twenty-five cents per ticket and most games are one to four tickets each.
Faith Country Church, located on Hwy. 9 South in Salem, invites you to attend their Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Viola
The Viola Volunteer Fire Department will present a Haunted House on Halloween from 5 to 7 p.m. The Department is located on Hwy. 223 south in Viola. This is a spooktacular family fun event with tricks and treats for all.
Mammoth Spring
The Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to their Spooctacular event on Saturday, October 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. on Main Street. There will be games and activities for the entire family. If you would like to be a vendor, it is free. All you need to do is come up with a creative Halloween-themed game for the kids and come play and hand out candy as a prize. Event tickets will go on sale at 4:30 p.m. in front of City Hall and with a purchase of $10 in tickets, each kid will receive a free Spooktacular t-shirt compliments of the event sponsors. Sunni Stevens and K Kountry 95 will have a live remote from 5 to 7 p.m. as well as a costume contest with prizes at 6:30 p.m. next to Simmons Bank. There will be several food vendors. New this year is a fun Snapchat filter.
The Mammoth Spring Fire Department will have their annual Haunted Hayride as well as a Car Smash.
Ash Flat
Crossroads Baptist Church will present their Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 28 at 6 p.m. There will be funnelcakes, hotdogs, hot chocolate, hayrides, face painting, games and more. The Church is located on Hwy. 62 before the Ash Flat stoplight on the left.
Hallows End is being held in Ash Flat on the backside of Vinco, 90 Hwy. 62W. This haunted house is open on October 21, 28 and on Halloween night from 8 p.m. to midnight. They stop the line at 11:30 p.m. to ensure everyone gets to go through.
They ask that no children under eight years old participate because of the scare factor. Cost is $10 per person. This is not a quick in-and-out experience, it is well worth the money and time.
The Book Lovers Brigade and Ash Flat Library will host a Not Too Scary Haunted House on Halloween from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ash Flat Community Center located at 20 Arnhart Street.
Highland
Highland Band Boosters will hold their Fall Fest and Cake Walk on Saturday, October 21 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the AL Hutson Memorial Center. There will be hayrides, face painting, hair streaking, white elephant gifts, concessions and tons of games available.
Hardy
Rock this House of Ash Flat is having a Pumpkin Dash on Saturday, October 28 at Loberg Park in Hardy.
Trick or Treat will be held on Main Street in Hardy on Halloween. There will be a costume contest and more.

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by Karen Sherrell
Saturday, December 3 will be a fun-filled day in Horseshoe Bend beginning with the 2016 Winterfest Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is Christmas on Main Street.
Everyone is welcome to enter the parade, entry forms are available at the chamber office and with Victoria at City Hall. Line-up is at 9:15 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, where you will receive your line-up number from the parade coordinator. Undecided? Just show up with your float on the day of the parade and arrangements will be made. The parade begins at 10 a.m. The lower Diamond B Mall parking lot will be closed during the parade, then opened for float displays.
Following the parade, Santa will be at the new chamber office, and all children are welcome to come visit with Santa. The Horseshoe Bend Volunteer Fire Department will be offering hot dogs, hamburgers and other concessions.
The 19th Annual Festival of Trees will be held at Cedar Glade Resort in Horseshoe Bend at 900 Fourth Street.
Everyone is invited to come and see the variety of decorations and creativity on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and Cedar Glade Resort.
Area clubs, churches, businesses and civic organizations are encouraged to place a decorated tree in the resort lobby, which is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“Every year we have some truly spectacular Christmas trees in the festival,” said chairman Karen Sherrell. “Some of the holiday trees reflect a theme, and are really clever.”
Theme forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office located at 707 S. Third Street. Forms include name of club, organization or business, theme of tree, and a short narrative of the Christmas tree to be included in the Festival of Trees program. Forms need to be returned to the Chamber office by Wednesday, November 30.
Christmas trees may be put in place beginning the day after Thanksgiving Day, November 25, and must be in place no later than Thursday, December 1. Trees will remain for public viewing thorough the end of the year.
Past themes include, Where do the unsold Christmas trees go, Let it snow, Gone fishin’, Volunteer angels ringing bells throughout the ages, Merry Beaded Christmas, and of course you may just enter a tree themed Merry Christmas to All.
Get your ideas in place and get to decorating for the Annual Festival of Trees to be held at Cedar Glade Resort in Horseshoe Bend.
So everyone come on out and get in the holiday spirit on Saturday, December 3 in Horseshoe Bend!
The 23rd Annual Spirit of Lights Lighting Contest is now underway. Everyone is encouraged to light up Horseshoe Bend, from Main Street to residences. Deadline to enter is Friday, December 16 at noon.

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Crisp mornings have arrived, pumpkin spice lattes are flowing and Fall is in the air. The Chamber of Commerce believes Horseshoe Bend is in need of a little festivity, so they would like to challenge you to the first annual “Autumn in the Bend” Scarecrow Contest!
To enter, set up your one-of-a-kind scarecrow for display at your establishment now through October 31. All scarecrows should be family-friendly, nothing too scary. They can be traditional, or unique! You are in charge of maintaining your scarecrow throughout the month. The contest is open to all businesses, groups and organizations.
Scarecrows will be judged at the end of October and the winner will be announced. A traveling scarecrow trophy will be awarded to the winner along with a free meal ticket to the January kick-off Chamber Dinner. The winning scarecrow will be published in the Pacesetting Times, on the Chamber’s website, and on social media. The trophy will remain in the hands of the winner until next year’s contest when it will be passed on to the new winner.

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The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction will return October 11, 12 and 13 and will be broadcast on The River 98.3 and live at the City Hall Council Chambers.
The Chamber is accepting items to be auctioned so if you have useable items that you would like to donate for the auction please drop them off at the chamber office, at 707 S. Third St., during normal hours of operation, and please feel free to stop by the chamber to view items to be auctioned.
Items to be auctioned include several casino stays and buffets, a variety of Branson show tickets, dinners, durable medical equipment, golf outings, propane, health club memberships, marina and resort stays, massages, roses, sport gift items and much more.
The Chamber would like to express its appreciation for all the support it has received thus far. The yearly auction is the main fundraiser for the chamber and the proceeds keep the chamber in operation. So mark your calendars for the Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction, guaranteed to be as fun as previous years.

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The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce has a new place to call home, thanks to the Horseshoe Bend Health Services Board and the City of Horseshoe Bend.
Now located at the entrance to town within eyeshot of Bend Drive, the Chamber offers a large greeting area, a community room, an informational room stocked full of brochures of the area and state, a museum, t-shirts, and souvenirs.
Recent modifications have opened the entranceway with a front desk and a volunteer to greet guests and visitors.
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to join them for an Open House on Friday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with special guest, Adam Davis, at the new location. Davis has a lot of experience working with Arkansas tourism, and parks and recreation. He also designed the Chamber’s new logo and website: www.horseshoebend.org.
Refreshments will be served at this free event and all are welcome to attend. For more information, please call the Chamber of Commerce at 870-670-5433, or by email at: horseshoebendarcc@yahoo.com.
The new location for the Chamber of Commerce is 707 Third Street, adjacent to Calabama of Horseshoe Bend, and Taco Jacs, and across the street from Pacesetting Times.
Check this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times to see additional photos, or stop by there on July 8!
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The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend their next meeting, taking place one week earlier than normal.
This month’s meeting will be on Thursday, June 9 at the MRID Building. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and is being catered by Smokin’ Butts BBQ, $10 per person. This month’s speaker will be Marcus Turley from the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.
Turley is the Membership Development Representative and is responsible for new business development, as well as retention of existing State Chamber/AIA members. He previously worked for the city of Dallas, Texas as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Development Services.

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Save the date!
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Dogwood Days Festival on Saturday, May 14.
This year’s event will kick off with a 5K walk/run at 8 a.m. There will also be games for the kids, pony rides, food and craft vendors, live music, and much more going on throughout the day, so mark your calendar and make plans to attend.
Local talent scheduled to perform includes The Loft Line Dancers, Austin Pool, and Saved by Grace. Headlining this year will be Grand Ole Opry member, Mike Snider. Snider made his way on the country music scene in the 1980s with his incomparable wit and stellar banjo playing. Snider’s show is said to be exciting, funny, moving, easy-going, and above all, honest from his heart.
All festival activities are free of charge, thanks to generous donations from our community. For more information, please contact the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce by calling 870-670-5433.

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TIME FOR A CHANGE: The Horseshoe Bend Health Services Board voted on February 26 to turn their remaining account funds over to the city, to be maintained in a separate account for building maintenance. A storage shed will be purchased and roof will be replaced with the proceeds from selling the medical equipment. The building and land will be deeded to the city. “It is with sadness and resignation that the board made this decision,” said Jodie Huckaby, President. “Medical policies have changed, and it is hard for a clinic to succeed.” Two clinics in the last year and one half have closed at the location, after years of the building sitting empty. The city will be leasing the building to the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, housing a Chamber Visitor and Information Center, and a small museum on the history of Horseshoe Bend. See full story in the March 16 edition of the Pacesetting Times.

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The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce is looking to update their existing logo and they want ideas from you!
The current logo is a horseshoe with the tagline “A Weekend or a Lifetime.” The chamber is looking for ideas for a new, enhanced logo and tagline for Horseshoe Bend. The logo should include a design and tagline of no more than a ten word sentence.
Deadline for submission is September 18 to the chamber office at the lower mall, or via mail to 811 Second St., Suite 10, Horseshoe Bend, AR 72512.
The winner of the best logo idea wins a dinner at Papa Dick’s Restaurant located at Crown Point Resort.

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The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for their annual spring festival, Dogwood Days, held the second Saturday in May.
This year, Dogwood Days in Horseshoe Bend is Saturday, May 9, and anyone interested in a booth may pick up a vendor’s application at the Chamber office located at the lower Diamond B Mall, or visit www.horseshoebendarcc.com for an online application.
Musical entertainment, food concessions, craft booths, commercial booths, and service organizations are all a part of the 29th annual event, which also includes a pet pageant and games for kids.
Get your vendor application today, and plan on Saturday, May 9 in Horseshoe Bend.
The Chamber may also be reached by calling 870-670-5433.

Horseshoe Bend’s annual publication, the Horseshoe Review is now in process.
Clubs, groups, organizations, and churches are encouraged to begin compiling your news and photos for the Review, which will be published in April.
Information may be turned in at the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce office at the lower Diamond B Mall, or email pacesetting@centurytel.net with Review typed in the subject line.
“This will be the 36th edition of the Horseshoe Review and we look forward to publishing a beautiful glossy magazine again this year,” said Karen Sherrell, Review Chairman. Each Review features a message from the Chamber President and from the mayor, with articles in the past from area organizations such as the Kiwanis Club, American Legion, MRID, Airport Commission, Boating and Fishing Club, SRAA, AARP, Men’s and Ladies Golf Clubs, Recycling Center, Garden Club, Horseshoe Pitching, Animal Control, Telecare, DAR, Little Theater, Pioneer Village-Manor Homes, Music in the Mountains, Izard County Master Gardeners, as well as local church news, Chamber festivals and school information.
Area businesses place advertisements in the Review as well and a sales representative will be calling businesses within the next month.
So let’s get working on your news to publish in the annual Review, and remember to highlight your group’s activities for the year, a little history, and a picture or two. For more information, please call Sherrell at 870-670-6397.

The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction will return on October 13, 14, and 15, and will be broadcast on The River, 98.3.
The Chamber is accepting items to be auctioned, so if you have useable items that you would like to donate for the auction please drop off at the Chamber office during normal hours of operation, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or please feel free to stop by the chamber to view items to be auctioned. Anyone running for political office may opt to donate for free advertising.
The Chamber would like to express its appreciation for all the support it has received thus far.
The yearly auction is the main fundraiser for the chamber and the proceeds keep the chamber in operation.
So mark your calendars for the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction, guaranteed to be as fun as previous years!

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WINNER: Philisha Fountain (l) employee at FNBC Horseshoe Bend branch, hands Linda Jacobs a Silver Eagle coin she won from participating in the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce’s retail promotion, “The Buck Stops Here.” The retail promotion ended August 29 in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin, and the following shoppers are the lucky winners of goods or services. Shoppers visited participating merchants, and registered to win prizes throughout the entire month of August. The annual retail promotion is sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and area businesses. Thanks everyone for shopping local! Check this week’s issue of the Pacesetting Times to see all winners and prizes!