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June 29, 2022

Community

First Friday To Return This Week

NWA Daily

Bentonville’s First Friday is this coming Friday, July 1, and the theme is American Spirit! 

  • Prepare for fun: First Friday kicks off at 11a, and a full day of games, activities, music, and food is prepared for this monthly block party. In addition to rockin’ live bands, there will be trampoline shows on the MainStage that include Olympic-type routines!
  • To expect: Walmart is celebrating its 60th anniversary and has plans to show up in a big way this Friday. The beer garden will be back at the garden on “the field” at the corner of Central and SE A St, and Better Homes and Gardens Journey is hosting a Good Ol’ Fashion Watermelon Eating Contest. Big prizes for raffle winners are on the table, too. 

Click HERE for more details.

Startup News

Fayetteville Startup Is Cleaning, Sanitizing Local Dumpsters

Dumpster Detail

A Northwest Arkansas environmental services startup is using a self-contained, robot-like truck to clean dumpsters for businesses, municipalities, and the local community. 

  • Spick and span: As temperatures get close to 100°F, Dumpster Detail is providing a much-needed service that has never existed in the area before now — mobile dumpster cleaning. Using a self-contained truck, Dumpster Detail disinfects, sanitizes, and deodorizes the interior and exterior of the dirtiest dumpsters with 180°F and high-pressure water that kill 99.9% of harmful bacteria.
  • Better streets: Dumpster Detail has been in operation for under three months, and clients from a wide variety of industries have been raving about the new service, which eliminates some of the biggest issues associated with a nasty dumpster - odor, insects, and the overall appearance of facilities.  

Learn more HERE

Sports

Natural State Criterium Series Begins Tomorrow

NWA Daily

The first of three Natural State Criterium Series events will take place tomorrow, June 29, in downtown Springdale. 

  • Learn to ride: The event will be high-energy, spectator-friendly, and start and end at Shiloh Square. Racing action will begin with a beginner-friendly, coached clinic, which will teach handling skills, proper racing etiquette, and tactics, so those new to the sport can learn! Three different levels of racing, from beginner to pro, will follow the "First Chance" course.
  • Road to win: The series will take place tomorrow, July 27, and August 31. The first races of each series event will start at 5p, and the last races will start at 7:15p. Riders will compete for $4,000 plus products and gift certificates. Registration fees range from $15-$25 per race or $60-$75 for the entire series, which will take place rain or shine. 

Learn more HERE

Arts

Art Ventures Presents New Art Exhibition

Art Ventures

Art Ventures in Fayetteville is presenting a new exhibit called Threads of Identity beginning this Wednesday, June 29. 

  • Seeing ourselves: Art Ventures NWA is a non-profit charitable and educational organization dedicated to providing access to Art for Everyone. Threads of Identity will feature artists who explore artistic expression and cultural identity through the subjects of fashion and style.
  • Community collaboration: The artworks will demonstrate the intertwining of different mediums such as ceramics, textile artwork, traditional painting, clothing design, and more. The exhibition will be on display from June 29-August 28 at the Art Ventures NWA gallery located at 20 S Hill Ave, and an opening public reception will be held during Fayetteville's First Thursday event.

Learn more HERE

Events

Firework Celebrations To Take Place In NWA

NWA Daily

Independence Day is almost here, and there are plenty of places to celebrate in Northwest Arkansas. 

  • Celebrate in NWA: Arvest Ballpark and the Walmart AMP are both hosting firework shows on July 4th, paired with a baseball game or a concert, depending on where you are. Orchards Park in Bentonville will be hosting its Evening at Orchards Park on the 4th as well with food trucks and live music. 
  • More events and info: Fayetteville has released safety reminders and city firework rules and included info about the two city-sponsored events this weekend. Here is a working list of firework events around NWA and beyond this weekend compiled by 4029 News.

Wherever you celebrate this weekend, remember to be safe! Tag us on social media with your photos — we’d love to share! 

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