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Cotter is located in Baxter County southwest of Mountain Home, between Flippin and Gassville, along US Hwy 412/62 and the banks of theWhite River, near the Missouri State line.

The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 923, an increase of 56 since 1990.

Early in the 1800s, families from the eastern and southern areas of the United States, mostly of Scots-Irish and German descent, began to push west into the Ozarks, searching for a better life and, probably, a little more solitude. They and their descendants stayed awhile; then many moved on to Oklahoma or Texas or further west.

A popular vacation destination itself, especially for trout fishermen, Cotter's central location in the heart of the Ozark Mountains provides easy access to the boating and water sports of area lakes, such as Bull Shoals-White River State Park.

Fishing, canoeing, camping, hiking and tubing are all favorites throughout the surrounding Cotter area.


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Arkansas Scottish Festival Batesville AR April13-14 Located on the campus of Bates College, the festival kicks off with a celtic concert on Friday night and include bagpipe contests and highland dancing competitions.
National Poultry Festival Rogers AR June14-15 In addition to a music concert, the weekend events includes a golf tournament, fishing tournament, skeet shoot, horseshoe tournament, ladies luncheon, motorcycle rally, kids’ activities, ice cream socials, a barbecue cooking contest, and a barbecue fair where delicious food can be sampled.
Johnson County Peach Festival Clarksville AR July25-28 Johnson County Peach Festival is the oldest festival in the State. Concessionaires bring their wares from good ol' home cookin' to handmade arts and crafts. Enjoy live entertainment and don't miss the Peach Cobbler Bake-Off and Jam/Jelly Contest.
National Championship Chuckwagon Races Clinton AR August31-September2 Chuckwagon Races, Snowy River Race, bronc fanning, music, concerts, camping, trail riding, western trade show, horse and mule clinics, seminars, and barn dances.
Arkansas Apple Festival Lincoln AR October4-6 The centerpiece of the festival is the unequalled variety of arts and crafts, featuring works of some of the most talented artisans in the Ozarks. One of the highlights of the Arkansas Apple Festival is the Apple Core Throwing Contest, a test of strength, accuracy, aerodynamics, and just plain luck.
Arkansas Rice Festival Weiner AR October11-12 Observing the rich heritage of rice farming in Arkansas and celebrating harvest. See and old time rice threshing demonstration and the youth duck calling contest.