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Fort Smith is located in Sebastian County and it is the county seat. It lies west of Van Buren on the Oklahoma border, on the banks of the Arkansas River near Oklahoma.

Fort Smith, established in 1817 on a bluff at the confluence of the Arkansas and Poteau rivers, was named after General Thomas Smith at the federal garrison in St. Louis. The outpost saw a settlement form gradually around its walls. The site was well-known by hunters and trappers as the location for annual trade gatherings with Native Americans.

Fort Smith, population 80,268, enjoys a diversified economic base. Some of the city's top employers are Georgia-Pacific/Dixie Cup, Whirlpool Corporation and Planters Peanuts Company. Attractions include the Fort Smith Historic Site, which has recently completed a $7.5 million restoration; the Hangman House, home of George Maledon who hanged 70 outlaws; and the Arkansas River Queen, a 146-passenger paddle wheeler.

Fort Smith is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma metro area.

East Side Baptist Church | Westark Barber College | Westark Community College |
Arkansas Counties Sebastian County |
Art Bellah's Studio |
Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns Michael's Mansion | Harbor View Mercy Hospital | Sparks Regional Medical Center |
History Miss Laura's Visitor Center | Patent Model Museum | Weidman's Old Fort Brewery |
Motels, Hotels and Resorts Best Western Trade Winds Inn | Holiday Inn Fort Smith Civic Center | Thomas Quinn Guest House |
Sports and Sporting Events Old Fort Days Rodeo | River Front Trail Rides |

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OK Mozart Festival Bartlesville OK June9-15 Oklahoma's Premier Music Festival, OK Mozart brings the highest quality professional musical and cultural experience to the state of Oklahoma and the middle United States.
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.
Tulsa Greek Festival Tulsa OK September19-21 Build your own Greek dinner, enjoy some Greek desserts, buy a Greek cookbook with an area flavor, and imagine the sights, sounds, and smells of Mediterranean life.
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.