It's whole hog time! This Saturday, the Arkansas Times will be hosting our second annual Heritage Hog Roast at the Argenta Farmer's Market at Sixth and Main streets in North Little Rock. The event features pit-roasted heritage-breed hogs raised at Scott Heritage Farm.
The Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas hosts its annual crawfish boil fundraiser, Preservation Crustaceans, on May 1 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in North Little Rock's Argenta Historic District at 520 Main Street in North Little Rock. They'll have all-you-can-eat crawfish, shrimp, sausage and all the fixings, with all-you-can-drink beer (and kid-friendly beverages) included. Regular tickets are $45 with a $5 early-bird discount if purchased before April 24. Tickets for kids 9-17 are $10 and kids 8 and under eat for free.
Our annual Arkansas Times Heritage Hog Roast is on the horizon. The cook-off at the Argenta Farmers Market in North Little Rock is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door and include pig meat and sides from the roasters and live music from Memphis' Ghost Town Blues Band, Runaway Planet and The Salty Dogs. Proceeds benefit the Argenta Arts District.
The sixth annual Big Red Ball Charitable Foundation’s Chili with a Kick returns to Dickey-Stephens Park from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. The event includes a kickball tournament, local music, kids activities, a jalapeno-eating contest and a chili cook-off.
Props to Travis McConnell for successfully funding his Kickstarter for Butcher & Public. He raised $8,960, almost $1,000 more than his goal. We'll keep you posted on his progress in opening up the butcher shop/restaurant.
Last week, Rep. Josh Miller, a Republican legislator from Heber Springs, spoke against the private option Medicaid expansion last week. He invoked FDR's New Deal — a "hand up," he said, not a "handout."
Scott Ellington, the prosecuting attorney for Arkansas's Second Judicial District, said in a recent interview that, "There are no ongoing investigations by governmental investigative authorities" concerning the West Memphis Three case. Ellington may be the only person on the planet who believes there is "closure" in my case.