31st Annual Arkansas Beanfest & Championship Outhouse Races!
A hint of autumn in the air means outhouse racers are being constructed and bean and cornbread recipes perfected for the Bean Fest and Outhouse Races to be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-27 in Mountain View.
Now in its 31st year, the festival has proven itself one of the most exciting and outrageous around, drawing thousands to the small Ozarks town for music, pinto beans and cornbread, and the spectacle created by the outhouse racing teams.
The festival begins innocently enough with various music & bands on Thursday throughout the day.
Live music on the courthouse square offers a mix of folk, bluegrass, Cajun and gospel styles, a tradition that has distinguished Mountain View for decades. Scheduled music performances take place on the courthouse stage on Friday from noon until 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2. Impromptu groups, as always, will appear at all hours on the court square and adjacent lots, and area music theaters offer a variety of family entertainment in the evenings.
Early Saturday morning the fires are lit under 30-40 large cast iron pots loaded down with 2,000 lbs. of Great Value pinto beans on the north and west sides of the court square. The festival theme becomes apparent in the costumes and displays of the cooking teams, who sometimes dress as clowns or ghouls to compete for the title of Best Beans.
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Other special events this weekend:
- Ozark Folk Center Harvest Festival – crafts, music and special demonstrations every day at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. Free shuttle bus available to and from the courthouse square.
- Extension Homemakers Quilt Show – Ozark Folk Center administration building. Friday 8-5 and Saturday 8-4. Free admission.
- Arkansas Junior Rodeo Association rodeo – Youth rodeo finals weekend – Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Stone County Saddle Club Arena (county fairgrounds, Park Ave.). $5 admission.
- Music programs on Saturday – impromptu sessions downtown, scheduled shows at area music theaters.