Swing into spring at the 31st annual Springfest on May 18 & 19. This free festival is packed top to bottom with great family fun, starting at noon on Friday and continuing all day Saturday. Festival home base is Spring Park, with expanded attractions and vendors on the Courthouse Square downtown, and additional events throughout Heber Springs.

At the festival, you’ll find an extensive arts and crafts show, featuring handmade items like jewelry, soap, leatherwork, furniture and toys. You’ll also enjoy classic festival-food favorites, from corndogs and onion blossoms to shaved ice and kettle corn. Live music and other entertainment from local and regional names keeps things hopping at the Spring Park Band Shell and the Courthouse Square stage. On the Square, crafters will also demonstrate the art and skill behind the creation of their wares.

Nature-loving kiddos will have plenty to explore at Springfest, including pony rides, a petting zoo and the immersive butterfly experience at the Butterfly Pavilion, sponsored by First Electric Cooperative. Tickets to the Pavilion are $3, which includes a butterfly glider.

Friday afternoon, a “Tribute to Our Heroes” will honor the lives of those lost in service to our county, honoring fallen officers, fire fighters and EMS workers. This ceremony will begin at 5:30 pm with a presentation of the colors and the reading of the names of those lost in service through the years. Following the ceremony beginning at 7:00 pm, a headliner concert event will take place on the Square – Rick Crawford and Triple Nickel, a band well known on the festival circuit, will be entertaining playing live music.

The Mountain Top Volkswagen Club will sponsor the 12th Annual Volkswagen Car Show in Spring Park, where Volkswagen enthusiasts can discover collectible cars from around the state or display their own restorations.

Enjoy the beautiful sights of the area by participating in the Ride Like a Mountain Man cycling challenge sponsored by Sulphur Creek Outfitters and benefiting Greer's Ferry Lake Trails Council or by participating in the motorcycle Poker Run to benefit Life Recovery Center of Searcy.

Sugarloaf Heritage Days sponsored by the Sugarloaf Heritage Council will allow you to explore Sugarloaf Mountain on Saturday. A Dog Contest benefiting the Heber Springs Humane Society at the Band Shell on Saturday afternoon and the Springfest Pageant in the Spring Park Amphitheater on Saturday night will help close out the festival. More events and festival attractions are being added daily!

Visit www.downtownhebersprings.com to see a full weekend schedule. This year’s event is sponsored by McDonalds, XTO Energy, Timeless 106.1 KFFB, Sherwood Urgent Care, Cowboy Chevrolet, Heber Springs A & P Commission, 101.9 The Lake, G&W Diesel/Emergency Vehicle Specialists, Eagle Bank, Holiday Inn Express and Downtown Network Heber Springs.