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Springfest 2017

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Springfest a free, family event in our very own backyard in downtown Little Rock will be held once again on Saturday, April 1st. Grab the kids and come out to play! Springfest is a special day packed with food, family, fun and sun on the banks of the Arkansas River. You'll find everything from acrobats and art projects to food trucks and flying dogs. Activities for the young (and young at heart!) include: Food Trucks, Arts & Crafts, Springfest Pooch Parade, Rock the Dock and Various Community Performances. Remember admission is free and will be open from 10-6.

We would like to say a big thank you to these sponsors:

McDonald's // Leap Pediatric Dental // Westrock Orthodontics // Qualchoice // Outlets of Little Rock //
Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau // Hollywood Feed // The Ride

Arkansas Federal Credit Union // Ford // Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center // Canine Country Club of Arkansas //
Community Builders Inc. // Healthcare Express // Park Hill Baptist Church

We are no longer accepting 2017 Springfest artist merchandise applications. Please check back in if you are in October rested in participating in Springfest 2018. If you have any questions please contact Julie at

Ruff on the River Pooch Parade and Short Legged Dog Races

Sponsored In Part By Hollywood Feed

Springfest presents the 6th Annual "Ruff on the River Pooch Parade" and Short Legged Dog Races to be held on Saturday April 1st, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. This year's theme is "Saturday Night Fever"! Dress up your pooch in a Disco themed funky costume! New this year is best decorated groovy stroller and wagon. Come on down and boogie! Ruff on the River and Springfest want to build awareness for animal organizations in need. What better way than to get the community together for some fun while helping to promote others. This event will showcase animal rescues which include: All About Labs, Little Rock Animal Village, and C.A.R.E.

The registration “PAWTY” starts at 8:30 a.m. on President Clinton Avenue just east of I-30 and Ferry. You won’t miss it! The parade will kick off at 9:00 a.m. and continue down Sculpture Plaza and end at the First Security Amphitheatre where the infamous Weenie Dog Derby will take place. If you do not pre-register online, you may register your Pooch for the parade as well as the Weenie Dog Derby on site for $5 per pooch. Each Pooch must be registered.

After the parade join us for the Weenie Dog Derby for all short legged dogs with your favorite emcee's Craig O'Neal and Roger Scott! There are three different sized categories for the short-legged dog races.1) Beenie Weenies - Measures no more than 8" in height. 2) Hot Dogs - Measures 9-12" in height. 3) Summer Sausage - Measures over 12" in height. Join our celebrity judges as they give away top prizes at the Winners Circle and award the winners of the "Ruff on the River Pooch Parade" for the best costume, best stroller and best wagon!

Springfest is a FREE FAMILY event!

Super Retriever Series "Rock The Dock"

Sponsored in part by Leap Kids Pediatric Dental &
Westrock Orthodontics

The Super Retriever Series Super Dock, presented by Riverfest is once again making a SPLASH for the entire family. The SRS consists of many events, Super Fly and Super V are 2 of the favorites. It is comparable to track and field, only for dogs! Super Fly is the distance or long jump into the pool and Super V (Vertical) is the high jump competition also into a pool. Super Fly and Super V competitions are fun to watch as dogs test their skills on the dock. This year we are introducing Mini Fly for all our smaller dogs! If your dog likes to swim and retrieve be sure to bring him down and give it a try. All Amateur are welcome to enter our Amateur Super Fly Event. For more information on this great event, please visit and Super Retriever Series on facebook. The SRS Super Dock event will be held in the River Market Pavilions.

Westrock Orthodontics   Leap Pediatric Dental

Hot Dog Cooling Station

Sponsored In Part By Canine Country Club Of Arkansas

Looking for a spot to recharge your pooch? Well look no further. Join the Canine Country Club at the "Hot Dog Cooling Station". Your pooch can rest, recharge and grab a drink of water before competing in his or her next competition.


2017 Mcdonald's Amphitheater Stage - Performance Schedule

10:30 a.m. Ms. Karen’s Dance Studio

11:15 a.m. Dance Arts Studio

12:00 noon Arkansas ALLSTAR Cloggers

12:45 p.m. Mom and Pop Band

2:15 p.m. Trout Fishing in America

3:45 p.m. O’Donovan School of Irish Dance

4:30 p.m. Dancers' Corner

5:15 p.m. High Voltage Dance Team

2017 Museum Pad - Performance Schedule

10:30 a.m. Jesse White Tumbling Team

11:00 a.m. Empire Cheerleading

11:45 a.m. Empire Cheerleading

12:15 p.m. Jesse White Tumbling Team

12:30 p.m. Bearden Performing Arts Dance Department

2:00 p.m. Sylvan Hills Elementary Cheer

2:30 p.m. Jesse White Tumbling Team

3:30 p.m. Out Loud Artistry "Youngstars"

4:15 p.m. Little Rock Central High School Color Guard

4:30 p.m. Jesse White Tumbling Team

Come Meet Ronald McDonald At Springfest

Come to the McDonald's tent for free smoothies, cool prizes, coupons and selfies with Ronald McDonald. Prizes include tshirts, cups, sunglasses and koozies. Look for the big red tent and smoothie truck!

Ronald McDonald Springfest Appearance Times

9:00 a.m. Pooch Parade

10:00 a.m. Selfie Station

11:00 a.m. Selfie Station

12:00 p.m. Selfie Station

2:00 p.m. Selfie Station

3:00 p.m. Selfie Station

4:00p.m. Selfie Station

5:00 p.m. Selfie Station


Tag A Child Sponsored In Part By Qualchoice And Thv-11

Stop by one of the three Tag A Child booths onsite at Springfest and get a QualChoice wristband with your child’s name and phone number in case you’re separated. And then visit the Hero Zone for vital personal and online safety information from the Morgan Nick Foundation.


The Hero Zone

The Hero Zone will feature the Little Rock Fire Department, Little Rock Police Department, MEMS, Arkansas State Police and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. The Hero Zone is an area where children will have the ability to interact with the heroes that keep them safe.

The Construction Zone

Construction Zone is an area where children can sit in & climb on large equipment and learn about how the equipment is utilized.

Jesse White Tumblers

We are excited to have the Jesse White Tumblers join us at Springfest. The Tumblers have been thrilling audiences since 1959 and have performed numerous times at Riverfest. This team provides a positive alternative for inner-city kids. Team members must stay away from gangs, drug, alcohol, stay in school and maintain a minimum “C” average. The team consists of male and female participants as young as age 6. The Jesse White Tumblers will have four performances throughout the day at Springfest.

Trout Fishing in America

Four time Grammy nominated Trout Fishing in America will be performing again this year at Springfest! Trout Fishing in America is a musical duo which performs folk rock and children's music. You can catch this duo on the McDonald's Amphitheater Stage on Saturday, April 1st at 2:15 pm.


mömandpöp is the brainchild of husband and wife songwriting duo Bobby Matthews and Virginia Ralph. For nearly twenty years they worked in separate careers in Memphis, Bobby as a K-12 art specialist and Virginia as a company member of "The Voices of the South" theatre company. In 2014, they decided to join forces. The result? mömandpöp!

Southern BMX Stunt Riders

The Southern BMX Stunt riders will blow your mind with their fearless antics all set to a radio friendly soundtrack. Be sure to catch them in one of their exciting performances at Springfest.

Performance Times

11:00 a.m.

1:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.


Cockrills Country Critters Mobile Petting Zoo And Pony Rides

Cockrills Country Critters Mobile Petting Zoo is bringing the farm to Springfest! Come visit the animals and take a pony ride. For more information please visit

Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

The Nature Center offers an overview of wildlife conservation by showcasing the mission of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. Highlights of the center include a 9,000 gallon aquarium of native fish, watchable wildlife viewing area, nature exhibits, gift shop & an antique fishing tackle display. The center is the place to come for information about the natural divisions of Arkansas. Admission is free during Springfest.

Trackless Train

The trackless train provided by The Playground, LLC is one of few Trackless Trains in Arkansas! The train can hold children AND adults! The Conductor, Roger, is very excited about seeing you at Springfest! For more information please visit

Mobile Video Game Station

Mobile Video Gaming Station will entertain all ages with their amazing video game truck. Twenty people can play at the same time inside the amazing video game truck, and 8 more can play outside on two huge exterior HDTV’s! We can fit the whole crowd…stadium-style seating allows up to 20 guests inside! We have the greatest games from XBox 360, XBox One, Wii and Wii U, and Playstation 4! For more information please visit or


Rock Town Mobile Laser Tag

Players will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of missions that require teamwork and skill to achieve operational game objectives. For more information please visit or


Leaps and Bounds Rock Climbing Wall

Are you looking for an ultimate experience? Well look no further. Leaps and Bounds will be providing some thrill seeking fun on their 24' tall wall. This wall has four climbing stations for young or old, experienced or beginner climbers. For more information visit

Max Cleaners Sack Races

Sack Races…one of the greatest Fun-Time activities of all time!  Hopping frantically to the finish line in a sack never ceases to amuse even the most shy of children.  Max Cleaners will host the sack race activity with challenges throughout the day.  Be sure to head over to the sack race competition and take part in a fun game that never goes out of style!

2017 Food Trucks

Ozark Candies & Nuts // Flossie's Funnel Cakes // Reggae Flavas // Sweet Tea Kitchen and Coffee Shop // W&M Concessions // Beaver Tails // Haygood BBQ Concession & Catering // Kona Ice // Bryant's BBQ and Catering // The Food Commander // Nucci's // Loblolly Creamery// Tommy's Grill // Whitworth Concessions

2017 Craft Merchants

Sacred Earth Gifts // Asktjdesigns // Conley K. Boutique// Mosto Creations// 8 grand designs by Grace // My Mojo Skincare Products // Cassie's Corner// Charlie Boy Wreaths// The Village Leather Shop// Puppy Up Foundation // Rainmaker Customz LLC// Oliver & Django// Bo's Gourmet Creation// Kyya Chocolate//Sweet Tooth Bakery // Five Dollar Bling-Paparazz // No Place Like Home AR Vet & Housecalls// Wags and Whiskers //Face Painting Friends // Arkansas Democrat Gazette // Rock City Outfitters // Bamboo, Brushes & Biscuits

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