Arkansas Entertainment

Arkansas state fair
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

More than 160,000 people visited the Arkansas State Fair during its opening weekend. 

General Manager Ralph Shoptaw says the fair saw 162,796 visitors on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That's nearly double last year's attendance during the same period, when rainy weather hit the Little Rock area.

The attendance totals include 53,891 patrons on Sunday. Shoptaw says that's the best first Sunday total in four years for the fair.

The Arkansas State Fair continues through Sunday, Oct. 18.

Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of Fame Honors ‘True Blood’ Author

Sep 8, 2015
Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame
Arkansas.com

Tickets are on sale now for the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Class of 2015 will be honored September 29 at Noah’s Event Center in Little Rock. The Hall honors individuals with Arkansas connections who have made significant contributions to the entertainment arts. The exhibits commemorating the members are permanently housed on display in the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

This year’s inductees include:

The 48 Hour Film Project

This weekend Arkansas filmmakers will once again step into the international spotlight as part of the annual 48-hour Film Project. Area film professionals and hobbyists will compete against teams as far away as Amsterdam and Shanghai to create the best short movie. Teams have 48 hours to write, film, edit, and score their entries. Those that meet the deadline are screened and judged locally and the Best Picture from each city continues on to be judged against other cities.

Gamers Can Go Back In Time At Sherwood Retro Arcade

Apr 28, 2015

“Pac-Man,” “Donkey Kong,” “Frogger” – if you miss taking a stack of quarters to the arcade to play those games, you might want to check out Z82 Retrocade in Sherwood. You won’t even need the quarters.

Owner Daniel Solis offers 70 of those old-school games, with more in a warehouse waiting to be restored. Visitors pay a $7.50 entrance fee plus tax to get in the door, and then it’s all-you-can-play.

“We’re selling time, transporting yourself through time to a time when people actually cared about these games,” he said.

Former Arkansas Traveler broadcaster Phil Elson with his daughter under the last piece of Ray Winder Field still standing.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A fixture of the Arkansas baseball world, Bill Valentine, passed away Sunday at the age of 82. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports from the now-demolished Ray Winder Field.

The Arkansas Senate has approved a bill that could help lure a restaurant chain to the state.

Senators voted 33-0 Monday to change the way Arkansas governs coin-operated games. Arkansas currently restricts the value of prizes in single-play games to $5 or less. In games where players can accumulate multiple winning tickets, the prize value is restricted to $12.50.

The Dave & Buster's restaurant can have prizes valued in the $500 range.

Arkansas State Fair
Mark Wagner / InArkansas.com

Officials with the Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock say attendance during the final six days of the fair rebounded with improved weather - but fell short of 2013 numbers.

The fair announced Monday that the crowd for Sunday's final day of the fair totaled 50,595 to bring total attendance for the 10-day fair to 407,363. Total attendance fell by 8.6 percent from last year's 445,314.

Fair General Manager Ralph Shoptaw says he's pleased that attendance finished strong - noting that the first four days were hampered by rain, thunderstorms and strong winds.

The late-night fate of a handful of Little Rock bars and clubs will be considered at Tuesday's city board meeting.

Two city director’s recommendation to limit the hours of clubs closing at 5 a.m.—such as MidTown Billiards, Club Elevations, Discovery and Electric Cowboy—has made its way into a proposal now up for vote.

A group advocating alcohol sales in dry Arkansas counties says it hasn't gathered sufficient support in Faulkner and Craighead counties but has enough signatures in Saline County to be placed on the November ballot.

The group Our Community Our Dollars needed to collect signatures from 38 percent of voters in each county.

A separate group named Let Arkansas Decide still seeks a statewide ballot measure to allow alcohol sales in every county. Last month the group met an initial signature count and is working to collect additional signatures this month.

Nearly 4,000 square dancers and participants are converging on Little Rock for the 63rd National Square Dance Convention.  Some are traveling from as far away as Germany, Japan, Sweden, Great Britton, the Netherlands, Australia and the Philippians.

The opening ceremony is set for Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center.  Events will then take place there, at the Little Rock Marriott and Robinson Center through Saturday evening.

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