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Scarecrows sitting on front porches, pumpkins perfectly carved lighting a path, and the slow drop in the temperature outside can mean only one thing. The fall season has arrived in Mountain Home and the Twin Lakes area. 


FALL FESTIVALS

During this time of year, we start to see a number of fall festivals hosted by towns, churches, and organizations throughout the Twin Lakes area. Some festivals are brand new while others are an annually held local tradition. Here are a few festivals you may want to check out for yourself. 

October 6th – 9th – Ride the Ozarks – Harrison, AR

October 7th – 8th – 71st Annual Turkey Trot – Yellville, AR

October 22nd – 3rd Annual ROCK-toberfest – Harrison, AR

October 28th – 29th – 34th Annual Bean Fest & Great Arkansas Championship Outhouse Races – Mountain View, AR


FUNdraisers

Because of the beautiful weather early fall brings to the area, many groups and organizations take advantage and host events outside. Check out some of these local fundraisers. 

October 8th - Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Walk-a-Thon – Serenity Inc., Mountain Home, AR

October 22nd – Wurst Party Ever - Schliemann Center, Mountain Home, AR

October 29th – Halloween 5K – Baxter Regional Healthcare, Mountain Home, AR

November 5th – 6th  - Frosty Fest – The Sheid at ASUMH, Mountain Home, AR


TRICK-OR-TREAT

You simply cannot write about fall and the month of October without writing about Halloween. This is one of the greatest areas in the state of Arkansas for Halloween and trick-or-treating. Like the beginning of a Halloween movie, kids in costumes line the streets of neighborhoods going door to door. Many churches, businesses, and organizations will offer fun games and no-traffic trick or treating throughout the area. Look for postings in local businesses and newspapers as the holiday approaches. 

October 21st – 22nd – 6th Annual Haunted Hollow Hayride – Bull Shoals, AR

October 22nd – Trunk-or-Treat at Cooper Park (6:00 to 9:00 pm) – Mountain Home, AR

October 28th – 30th – Twin Lakes Thunder Rally – Mountain Home, Arkansas

October 31st – Neighborhood Trick-or-Treating – Mountain Home and surrounding areas. 


After a long, hot summer filled with swimming, boat rides, and sunsets, it’s time to add a light jacket and scarf before heading out to enjoy all the fall festivals, fundraisers, and of course, spooky Halloween bonfires and trick-or-treating this area has to provide. For more information on safety measures you and your family can take to have a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience, read over the Baxter County Sherriff’s Office safety tips for costumes and traveling through neighborhoods on such a busy and lively holiday. 


If fall is one of your favorite seasons, download our Seasonal Guide on our home page for more ways to enjoy this time of year in Mountain Home and the Twin Lakes area. 




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5 Reasons to Start Volunteering Today

“Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless.”  - Sherry Anderson

There is no doubt that our community is able to thrive due to the people who give their time and expertise, at no charge, to make our beautiful town better. Not only do they do this from the goodness of their heart, but many of them do it with a smile. What attracts people to volunteering in the first place? Why should people volunteer? 

Here are the top 5 reasons to volunteer: 


1. It’s good for you. 

Volunteering isn’t just a good thing to do in general, but it is also good for you. Volunteering and helping someone other than yourself is reported to help a person’s mental health state by reducing stress and even boosting the immune system. Volunteering can also give your self-confidence and self-esteem a little boost. 

2. Gain Experience and Knowledge

Volunteers gain often gain experience. Younger volunteers, like students, who want to pursue a career in a certain field can also choose to volunteer in that particular field and gain invaluable knowledge about it. By working with non-profits, you also learn a lot about how the government is operated. You will also have new experiences when volunteering which can help you become more well rounded in your views and opinions. 

3. Make Connections

Volunteering can help people make connections. If you live alone or if you have just moved to a new place, volunteering is a great way to meet new people. By picking a certain place or cause to volunteer, you will also be meeting people who also share that same passion. Many friendships are built in the volunteering arena. 

4. Gain Skills

When you volunteer, you increase your problem-solving, management, organization, and overall communication skills. These types of skills are highly sought out in many arenas of the work force and would be a bonus on any college application or resume. 

5. Make a Difference! 

Volunteering makes a difference! You may not be able to see the difference you make immediately, but by helping and giving of yourself, you should know that every person counts, and every act makes a difference. 


There are numerous places throughout Mountain Home and the Twin Lakes area that would love to have more volunteers such as the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas, Serenity, and the Donald W. Reynolds Library. In fact, Baxter Regional Medical Center has over 400 volunteers and the Donald W. Reynolds Library has over 300 volunteers to help out! Our very own Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce is operated six days a week by VOLUNTEERS. 

Whether you can give one day, a week, or a month, volunteering is not only needed, but truly makes a difference for you and others around you. 

To get started on your volunteer and giving journey, visit our website’s business directory and click on the Organization/Club/Non-Profit tab for a longer list of groups you can help today.  




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It's All About the Water in Mountain Home

When the weather heats up and the days grow longer, visitors and residents of Mountain Home and the Twin Lakes area head straight to the water. In fact, this Ozark oasis is known across the globe for its pristine rivers and lakes. Check out all of the fun, memory-making activities Mountain Home and the Twin Lakes area has to offer on the water, in the water, and even under the water. 

ON THE WATER

As soon as the temperature begins to rise so does the number of boats on the lake. There are several marinas and public access boat launches throughout the Twin Lakes area to make sure you get on the water as quick as possible. 

No boat. No problem! Many of our marinas and resorts offer boat rentals for all kinds of boating fun. Many marinas even offer other watersport equipment rentals such as skis, wakeboards, paddleboards, jet skis, kayaks, canoes, and every kid’s favorite…tubes/towables. 

Check out our list of MARINAS AND BOAT RENTALS in our BUSINESS DIRECTORY to help you get started! 

IN THE WATER

Whether by boat, hiking a trail, or taking a ride, you are sure to find the perfect area to take a dip, relax, and have a little fun in the sun. 

Sandy Beaches

One doesn’t think of white, sandy beaches when they think of the Ozark Mountains. Perhaps it is one of the area’s best-kept secrets. While many of these beaches can only be accessed via boat, there are a few that can be accessed by driving. 

By Boat Only – Barren Point Beach, Sand Island/Jordan Island, White Bluff Beach

By Driving – Calamity Beach, Brown’s Beach (Bull Shoals), Lakeview Recreation Area (Bull Shoals) 

Coves

If getting sand in your swimsuit is not your thing, then grab a friend and a boat and find one of the many coves covering the lakes. Coves are great areas to meet up with groups of other like-minded boating enthusiasts. In fact, it is a common site to see three to five boats all tied together. Drop the anchor, grab a floatation device, and you are on your way to a full day of fun…just don’t forget about the sunscreen. 

Coves are also an excellent area to begin learning how to ski and wakeboard. 

Cold Springs

If the water seems too warm for your taste, a swim in the cold, natural springs is what you need. These swimming holes offer the cool, refreshing water of local rivers and springs. Big Spring Park in Cotter, Arkansas is a local favorite. 

Army Corp of Engineer and Resort Recreational Areas

There are also a number of recreational areas throughout the Twin Lakes area. Many of these areas offer various forms of camping with many upgraded amenities such as flushable toilets, showers, and water/electric hook-ups. They also offer some of the best swimming holes around with picnic tables, grills, and playgrounds a short walk away. 

Check out this list of the Corp's recreational areas for Bull Shoal's Lake and Norfork Lake for more information. 

UNDER THE WATER

Fun and adventure isn’t just for the top half of the water. Take that adventurous spirit and explore a whole new world below the surface as you dive into one of the country’s top rated scuba and skin diving locations. 

Norfork Lake and Bull Shoals Lake are both known for their crystal clear and refreshing waters. With up to 60 feet visibility at certain times in the year, it has become a mecca for many scuba and skin diving enthusiasts around the country. 

Swim your way through sunken caves, walls of rock, an abundant underwater forest, and the remains of a playground.  

Need a diving certification? Need air for your tank? Don’t worry. There are full-service PADI dive shops available to help provide you with all your diving essentials such as equipment sales and service, instruction, and even dive boat rentals. 

Jordan Marina Dive Shop

Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock

These are just a few reasons people come from miles around to enjoy our beautiful slice of heaven in the Ozarks. Whether you enjoy the thrill of wakeboarding behind a fast boat or simply enjoy a lazy day floating in a cove, the clear and calm waters of the Twin Lakes offer plenty of activities for all ages. 

For more information on what you can do while on vacation in Mountain Home, download our Vacation Relocation Guide today!



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Celebrating Red, White, and Blue in Mountain Home

The one thing people love more than spending a day on the rivers and lakes of the Twin Lakes area is topping that day off celebrating the Red, White, and Blue with fantastic fireworks displays! 

On the lakes, onlookers can enjoy a variety of spectacular fireworks displays lighting up starry skies and reflected on the smooth water. There is nothing better than watching these displays from a boat.  If boating isn't your thing, land lovers can find a cozy spot on the shoreline to lay back on blankets and look skyward. Local Bull Shoals Lake fireworks shows can be found at the Bull Shoals dam, at Pontiac Cove Marina and at Theodosia Marina.  Fireworks shows on Lake Norfork are on July 3 at the twin bridges in Henderson, and also at Cranfield Marina.  Fireworks in Arkansas are among the best displays in the country.  Spectators never cease to be amazed by the professional displays that last for at least half an hour.  Specific dates and details can be found on our Events Calendar; check it often for updates and activities for you and your family.

And finally, you can not miss the Red, White, Blue Festival in Mountain Home.  This festival, held every year the weekend BEFORE the fourth of July, has grown into a weekend-long event that draws visitors from across the country.  Kick off your holiday on the campus of ASU Mountain Home, with the many family friendly activities like turtle races and climbing walls, delicious varieties of food, vendor booths, live musical entertainment, a parade, car and tractor shows, a two-night rodeo, and one of the largest fireworks shows in the eight-state region. The professional display has been called one of the "best in Arkansas," lighting up the sky with jaw dropping displays with the latest in pyrotechnics.

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All the details of the 17th annual Red, White, Blue festival can be found at www.redwhitebluefestival.com.  Make plans now to bring your lawnchairs, your blankets, and your friends and family and get ready to enjoy a wonderful patriotic weekend!  

There is no better place to celebrate and remember our country's heritage and freedom than in Mountain Home, Arkansas! Come celebrate Red, White, and Blue with us this summer.  


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Why Mountain Home?

WHY MOUNTAIN HOME?

Welcome to summertime in Mountain Home! Why choose Mountain Home, Arkansas as your Arkansas vacation spot this summer...perched almost perfectly in the north central point of Arkansas?  What's the draw to visit here?  And why do so many decide to stay once they visit?   Here's a start at explaining, but truly, you have to see it and feel it to understand it!

Mountain Home, Arkansas lures visitors and tourists from around the globe with the many outdoor activities available against a backdrop of beautiful, natural scenery. Those visitors never have to look far for a place to stay!  Mountain Home’s lodging options range from luxury suites with fine dining to fishing resorts and cabins on the water perfect for families or groups of anglers.  If it's budget or location that you're looking for, there is a lodging choice for you.  From these rustic and serene hideaways (managed by the friendliest of folks) you can reach many attractions and retail centers, most within a 20-25 mile radius. It's easy and convenient!

And the food!  Restaurant options include Italian, Mexican, American and Chinese cuisine. If you prefer to cook your own fresh food, Wednesdays and Saturdays you can enjoy the farmer’s market across from the Court Complex on the downtown Mountain Home square. Local farmers and artisans arrive at 6am, and the market stays open through the early afternoon bustling with activity and home grown and homemade items. An added bonus...on Fridays in the summer enjoy live music on the square! There are also plenty of grocery store options for those cooking in.

And of course, while you're here you MUST take advantage of the great outdoors...hunting and fishing in the wooded hills, on the two lakes, and in the beautiful, clear streams of the Ozark Mountains. Bull Shoals Lake spans 6,000 square feet across the gorgeous natural landscape of North Central Arkansas and South Central Missouri. Bass, crappie, and walleye are abundant, and boat rentals are available. Get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the beautifully maintained campgrounds on Bull Shoals or Lake Norfork. The Buffalo National River, less than an hour from Mountain Home, is home to more than fifty species of fish and also offers camping, hiking, boating, and accommodations. 

Mountain Home is also home to Arkansas State University Mountain Home, which offers two and four year programs. ASU Mountain Home boasts The Sheid Performing Arts Center, home to a state-of-the-art Performance Center for concerts, conventions, speakers and events.  The Sheid, as well as the Donald W. Reynolds Library, a 30,000 square foot facility just across the street from ASU Mountain Home, offers regular art exhibits and community events. The Chamber's Calendar of Events keeps track of all the fun things to see and do while you're here - don't forget to check it before you come!  

All this, plus the low crime rate, low cost of living, excellent and abundant healthcare options and quality school systems continue to tranform our many visitors into life long residents.  Why Mountain Home?  One visit, and you'll see for yourself.  Three Rivers, Two Lakes, One Beautiful Life.   



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