Oct. 26’s “Fall for a Cause” includes six community events
If you’re looking for a community activity next weekend, Fall for a Cause has you covered.
Saturday, Oct. 26 — dubbed “Fall for a Cause” by organizers — features a half-dozen community events beginning that morning and continuing into the evening.
The day’s activities include a pancake breakfast, a mud run, a golf tournament, a motorcycle rally, men in high heels and a downtown street festival.
The early weather forecasts call for rain showers in the morning becoming more intermittent by the afternoon on Saturday, Oct. 26. The high temperature is forecast to be 60 degrees, with the low expected to be 40 degrees that evening.
The day’s activities start with the Mountain Home Rotary Club holding its annual Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Mountain Home High School cafeteria.
Admission is $5 and includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee. Tickets are available either at the door or from any local Rotarian.
Proceeds from the event will help the Mountain Home Rotary Club provide scholarships and benefit community projects.
Rotary International is the world’s oldest and largest service organization. The Mountain Home Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 11:45 a.m. at Big Creek Golf & Country Club.
Arkansas State University-Mountain Home will hold its “Whoo’s Gettin’ Dirty?” mud run and obstacle course beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Proceeds from the run will go to the ASUMH Foundation and will be used for the scholarship fund, student emergency fund, intramural sports expenses and other needs ASUMH students might encounter.
“I am excited about our newest adventure, the ‘Whoo’s Gettin’ Dirty?’ mud run,” ASUMH Chancellor Dr. Robin Myers told The Bulletin last month. “This challenging event will consist of obstacles engineered to test a runner’s strength and, as the name suggests, will take place in the mud on the campus of ASUMH.”
The event is being produced by Pirate Perry Events for ASUMH and will include both a 5K and 10K obstacle course. There will be competitive and non-competitive divisions and all participants will receive a race t-shirt and finishers will receive a medal. Athletes can participate as individuals or in teams, and children 5 and up may participate with a guardian.
Obstacles will include more than 30 stations arranged across the ASUMH campus. They include: Muddy Mess, Haystack Walls, Tire Rolling Pin, Sandbag Carry, A-Frame Climbing Wall, Culvert Crawl, Monkey Bars, Low Rope Crawl, Over Under Logs, Slip & Slide, Tire Conveyor Crawl, Climbing Wall, Vertical Cargo Net, Tire Mountain, Creek Crossing, Stump Walk, Balance Beam and more. The course ends with a mud pit for both 5K and 10K participants.
“This is a very competitive course,” race coordinator Paul Gigliotti said. “It’s intricate and difficult, but set in a really cool venue on the ASUMH campus. This is up-to-snuff with any other course runners have seen for this kind of race. I’ve run races all over the country and this will be on par with any I’ve run before.”
Race registration and packet pickup will be held on campus from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and will reopen at 7 a.m. race day. Runners may also register online at pirateperryevents.com.
The mud run will also include a kids’ zone, food trucks and other activities. Spectators are welcome to attend to cheer on those getting dirty.
Arvest Bank and Genuine Care Pharmacy will be hosting its 23rd annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Big Creek Golf & Country Club.
The tournament’s activities begin with an 11 a.m. lunch for the golfers, followed by a shotgun start for all players at 12:30 p.m.
The tournament will also feature special event holes, closest-to-the-line competitions for women and men, closest-to-the-pin competitions, a hole-in-one prize and gift certificates to the top flights.
The tournament expects to hose about 36 two-person teams but can accommodate as many as 54, Arvest Bank marketing director Tiffany Watkins said.
“We will definitely have some spots available if someone still wants to get a team together,” she said. “There’s still time to get your registration in.”
Golfers may register by going to arvest.com/nca or by signing up at Big Creek. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Charities benefiting from this year’s tournament include the Imagination Library of Baxter County, The School of New Hope, Serenity Inc., and Sanctuary Inc.
Each year Arvest Bank selects the charities that year’s tournament will benefit. Charities must apply to Arvest to be considered, with the only requirements being that the applicant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and did not receive funding from the tournament the previous year.
“This started as a group of associates wanting to give back to community nonprofits,” Watkins said. “We’re happy to keep that spirit alive.”
The Twin Lakes Thunder Rally will also be held Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Baxter County Fair Grounds. Doors to the event will open at 9 a.m., with a full days’ worth of rides, events and activities throughout the day.
Proceeds from the motorcycle rally will benefit the Bob Davis Veterans Center in Mountain Home. The center, which will be located at 421 E. 9th Street in Mountain, plans to open early next year and will provide housing for 18 male veterans. The veterans center will also include a military surplus store, a coffee hut and a game area.
Some of the Thunder Rally’s events include the Arkie Weasel Dice Run at 11 a.m., a surprise ride at 11:30 a.m., bike games at 2 p.m., cars cruising through town at 3 p.m. and trick-or-treating with bikes, cars and vendors at 4 p.m.
The rally’s car and bike show will be held at 5 p.m., with the winners announced at 6.
Evening activities include Gong Show karaoke, drawings for prizes and raffles and Still Water Hardy performing on the Fairgrounds stage at 8:30.
This will be the fourth year for the event, which is the largest motorcycle rally in Mountain Home. About 3,000 participants are expected to attend this year’s rally, event organizer Joanne Farris said.
“Right now, we’ve got registrations from people in nine different states,” she said. “Last year, we had representatives from 11 states attend. More people are registering every day.”
To register, go online to TwinLakesThunder.com.
Serenity, Inc.’s “Walk a Mike in Her Shoes” event will move to Mountain Home’s Downtown Entertainment District and the Baxter County Courthouse square this year. In the past, the event was held at Bomber Stadium.
This year’s event will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, as men set off on a mile hike around the district while wearing high-heeled shoes, bedazzled flip flops or fuzzy house shoes.
Prizes will be awarded to the fastest runner, the best costume, the highest heels and the best performance.
Shoes will be available the day of the event for those who do not have the required footwear.
The event’s $25 registration fee benefits Serenity, Inc., and will be used to support victims of violence and domestic abuse.
“I think it’s been well received,” Serenity Shelter Director Donna Forrester said of the fundraiser. “People have a lot of fun with it.”
Participants must pay the $25 entry fee and sign a waiver to participate. Those interested can sign up in advance or register at the event, which will run from 4-6 p.m.
For more information on the event, contact Serenity, Inc. at (870) 424-7265.
“Fall for a Cause” wraps up the day’s activities with the District Street Festival in downtown Mountain Home from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The family friendly event is free to the public with proceeds from vendors and sponsors benefiting the revitalization of the Downtown Entertainment District.
Bruce Hayden, organizer of the event, told The Bulletin last month that the public can expect games, food, music and fun for all ages.
“We are excited that Mountain Home was the first entertainment district in the state to be established in June of this year,” Hayden said. “This first event will be a fantastic time for families to enjoy downtown’s new district as a festival destination. It’s a great day to be all over Mountain Home enjoying the great place we call home.”
The street festival features several musical acts, with Wes Dorethy performing at 2 p.m. followed by the Nick Reed Band at 3 p.m. David Dunn will take the stage at 5 p.m., and will be followed by Blayd Lawrence at 6 p.m. and Chris Royer at 6:30 p.m. Zack Estes will perform at 7 p.m., with Elements performing at 7:30 p.m. Patient Eyes will close out the festival, performing at 8:15 p.m.
For more information on The District Street Festival, contact Hayden at (417) 598-3366.
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