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Last weekend, Buffalo National River worked closely with volunteers and partner organizations to host a series of events exploring artistic endeavors inspired by the park and its 50th anniversary. Over 1,700 people participated in the events that took place throughout the river. These events included original story recitals at Buffalo Point, short-film debuts at the Kenda Drive-in, a five-band music festival at Tyler Bend, and culminated in a dance performance by the Chinelos Morelenses Unidos En Arkansas at the Ozark campground.
Buffalo National River superintendent Mark Foust says, “It has been a real joy to celebrate the park’s anniversary with so many people from different walks of life. We tried hard to have a mix of celebrations up and down the river, in all three counties. I am grateful to the park staff and partners who worked so hard to coordinate fun and safe events that highlighted the special ways Buffalo National River inspires all types of unique art.”
Volunteers and partner organizations made the events possible through their generous time and donations. Buffalo National River Partners provided monetary support and volunteer hours for many of the weekend’s events, including securing the bands that performed during the Tyler Bend Music Festival. These events would not have been possible without this invaluable support.
Buffalo National River was originally designated by Congress as a public park in 1972 to conserve the unique scenic and scientific features of the area, while preserving as free flowing an important segment of the Buffalo River for the enjoyment of future generations. The last event weekend in 2022 celebrating the 50th anniversary of Buffalo National River will be in early October.
Please the park’s website www.nps.gov/buff and calendar of events for the most up-to-date information.