Photos: Michael Warren
A Fayetteville tradition is set to return for a 31st year this weekend.
Springfest, the annual party on Dickson Street featuring live music, local arts, bed races and more, takes place Saturday, April 19.
The weather is looking great for the weekend, with partly cloudy skies and a high of 73 degrees forecast for Saturday.
Here’s a handy guide to all the fun.
2014 Springfest Events
Springfest kicks off with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at Jose’s on Dickson Street. Admission is $5, and all proceeds will benefit the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Right after that, the Springfest 5K run begins at 8 a.m. Last we heard, they’ll accept registrations until 7 a.m. the day of the event. Organizers said they have over $200 in restaurant gift certificates for the winners, plus some cool Bluebird of Happiness trophies.
Around 60 arts, crafts, local organizations and business booths will be set up around 9 a.m. along the street. Among them, local pickle maker Garrett Gunderson will have a booth for his locally famous Gunderpickles, pickled green beans, and more. Also, Apple Blossom Brewing Co. will have a booth with t-shirts and info on three of their beers that will be on tap that night at Jose’s.
The main tent, including official Springfest t-shirts designed by local artist Chad Maupin, will be set up directly across from Jose’s. Maupin also has a booth of his own with some of his rad new Big Bot Design t-shirts.
At 10:30 a.m., a dog parade will make its way down Dickson Street. Those who would like to participate should meet at Dickson Street Liquor at 10:30 a.m.
An Easter egg hunt will take place in the Rosen Memorial Rose Garden at the Walton Arts Center at 11 a.m., featuring about 150 eggs and an appearance by the Easter Bunny.
The bed races begin at 1 p.m., and will feature teams of three individuals competing head-to-head in a race up Dickson Street. There are divisions for bars and restaurants, greek life, and general. Registration forms are available on the website.
There’s something called a “car pull” at 3:45 p.m. on Dickson Street, which as far as we know, is a local strongman pulling a car up the street with his teeth. Sounds crazy.
At 6 p.m., a pub crawl begins on the Jose’s patio. Registration is $15, and includes a t-shirt for crawlers that visit all the participating watering holes. Only 150 t-shirts are available, so you’d better get down there pretty early.
At a glance
7 a.m. – Pancake Breakfast (Jose’s on Dickson Street)
8 a.m. – 5K Run (Sign up is at Jose’s on Dickson Street)
10:30 a.m. – Dog Parade (Dickson Street)
11 a.m. – Easter Egg Hunt (Walton Arts Center Rose Garden
1 p.m. – Bed Races (Dickson Street)
3:45 p.m. – Car Pull – (Dickson Street)
6 p.m. – Pub Crawl (Various locations on Dickson Street)
Music – Bruce Walker Stage
Corner of Dickson Street and School Avenue
Specific times subject to change.
10 a.m. – Brick Fields
10:45 a.m. – Dog Parade
11:15 a.m. – School of Rock
12 p.m. – Dead Indian
1 p.m. – John Henry
2 p.m. – Foley’s Van
3 p.m. – Arkansauce
4:30 p.m. – Barrett Baber
Music – Springfest at Jose’s Stage
Specific times subject to change.
8 a.m. – Effron White
10 a.m. – Caleb & Friends
11 a.m. – Whiskey Neverland
12:50 p.m. – John Dooly
1:30 p.m. – Jim Mills
3:15 p.m. Voxana
4:15 p.m. – White Shockolate
5:15 p.m. – Black Leaf Clover
6:05 p.m. – Eye for a Lie
8 p.m. – 90 LB Wrench
Dancenhance SpringFest Performing Arts Stage
Located on Tyson Plaza in front of the Walton Arts Center
9:30 a.m. – Li McClain (Karaoke competition winner)
10 a.m. – Double Impact Show Team (Branson Style Youth Show)
10:30 a.m. – Raq Akia Belly Dance
10:50 a.m. – Dance with Lileith
11 a.m. – Terra Nova Tribal Belly Dance
11:20 a.m. – Siren Belly Dance
11:40 a.m. – Zumba Ladies
12:10 p.m. – Terra Nova Tribal Belly Dance
12:30 p.m. – Siren Belly Dance
12:50 p.m. – Dance with Lileith
1 p.m. – Phunbags Comedy Improv
1:30 p.m. – Terra Nova Tribal Belly Dance
1:50 p.m. – Brazilian Dance Frevo
2 p.m. – Arts Live Theater
2:30 p.m. – Breaking Habits & Friends (Break Dancers)
3 p.m. – McCafferty Irish Dance
3:45 p.m. – Pyralis (Sword swallowing, fire swallowing and acts of strength)
Springfest Book Bash
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Nightbird Books
Marsha Kay Oldham
Ruth Burkett Weeks