Eurkea Springs: Limited Size, Unlimited Opportunities For Visitors (Tourism | Winner Under 5,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 12:00 am  

The event was a hit in 2012, Bishop said and drew about 600 participants from close to 15 states. The first year about 400 participated. The third annual Eurekan is scheduled again for August next year.

For the hikers and fishermen, Bishop said the city promotes its network of trails. And the city is surrounded by three lakes and two rivers. The crown jewel is Lake Leatherwood Park, a 1,600-acre municipal park surrounded by an 85-acre lake. It hosts several activities, and its cabins and camping are open from March through November.

The city also props up its artist community for events.

Eureka Springs recently held its second CICA International Summer Music Festival, “bringing world-class artists and hundreds of aspiring young talent to the city for a three-week extravaganza,” Bishop said. It featured a variety of events including the Antonio Stradivari International Violin Makers Competition and Conference.

The city also has partnered with officials at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

After visitors have toured Crystal Bridges they are encouraged to “come 40 miles east and see where American art is made,” Bishop said. Eureka Springs has more than 250 working artists.

“As most everyone knows, Eureka Springs has been known for it thriving arts community for decades,” Bishop said.

The chamber, and the city’s Advertising & Promotion Commission and the Arts Council recently teamed up to produce the Eureka Springs Art Guide.

“We’ve been very blessed here,” Bishop said. “A lot of communities struggle to have a particular attraction or something to promote, and we just have so much.”



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