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Barbecue Pageants

Applications for the 57th Annual Decatur Barbecue Festival tiny-tot and queen contest are being accepted. The contests will be held in Veteran’s Park on the evening of August 6. The queen contest is open to girls between the ages of 15 and 19. The tiny-tot contest is open to girls and boys ages 4 to 6. Entry deadlines are July 30. Contestants will need to submit their application by July 28 to have their picture in the newspaper. Applications can be picked up at the Decatur State Bank, and they are also available online at

Fireworks Policy

The city of Decatur’s fireworks ordinance states that ground fireworks are allowed from noon until 10 p.m., July 3 and from noon until midnight July 4, only. Aerial fireworks are not allowed at any time, according to the ordinance. Violators can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $500.

Summer Reading Program

The Iva Jane Peek library will hold a summer reading program for children age 4 to 9, with the theme “Make a Splash - Read.” The program will last for five weeks, beginning June 28. Children age 4 to 6 will meet from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., on Tuesdays, and children age 7 to 9 will meet from 1 p.m., until 2:30 p.m., on Wednesdays. For more information, call City Hall at 752-3912 or the library at 752-7323.

Arvest Ballpark Decatur Night

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals and the Decatur Chamber of Commerce are presenting “Decatur Night” at Arvest Ballpark. The game will begin at 6 p.m., July 18. Discounted tickets are available for Decatur residents only, and $1 from each ticket sold will go back to the Decatur community. Tickets can be purchased for $6 from the Decatur State Bank, City of Decatur, Decatur General Store, the Gallery Cafe and TNT Express. For more information, call 752-3281.

Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation Committee meetings will be held at 6 p.m., on the first Thursday of the month in the city council room. All members are urged to attend along with anyone who is interested in joining the committee. For more information, call 752-3912.

Food Pantry

The Decatur food pantry is open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday. The pantry offers free non-perishable food to Decatur residents. The pantry is located at the United Methodist Church in Decatur. Participants need to bring identification showing they have a 72722 ZIP code. For more information, contact the Methodist Church at 752-3551.

NWA Riding Club play days set

The NWA Riding Club holds play-day rodeo at 6 p.m. every other Saturday night until Nov. 1 at the enclosed arena at the Luca-Don Equestrian Center, 23236 Arkansas Highway 12, west of Gentry. Ribbons are awarded nightly, with an awards banquet at the end of the season. A point system is in effect. There will be five age classes, with events including poles, barrels, flags, speed and mutton busting. Memberships are $30 per year for a family. There is no charge for nightly events. The NWA Riding Club is a non-profit, non-alcoholic, drug-free environment for families. For more information, call 752-3466 or 899-3259.

Council Meetings

Decatur city council meetings are held at 6 p.m., the second Monday of each month, in the council room at city hall and are open to the public. For more information, call 752-3912.

Assembly of God Van Service

Van service is available to children and adults who need transportation to Sunday morning and evening church services and Wednesday evening services at the Assembly of God Church in Decatur. For more information, contact Stacy Brooks at 790-7171.

VFW Meetings

The Gentry/Decatur VFW Post meets on the first Tuesday of each month - at 7:30 p.m. New members and guests are welcome. The facility is 3 miles east of Decatur on Arkansas Highway 102, right on Tilly’s Hill Road, and the first building on the right.

Submissions Items for inclusion in the Hometown Events section of the newspaper may be submitted by calling 752-3675; by mail to P.O. Box 252, Decatur, AR 72722; or by e-mail to

Community, Pages 2 on 06/30/2010


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