Springfest will be held on Saturday, April 1st 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 are now accepting 2017 Springfest artist merchandise applications. Springfest will be held April 1, 2017. Complete and sign the application and return it with a $125.00 non-refundable fee to Springfest as soon as possible. Acceptance notices and contracts will be issued as soon as possible. If you have any questions please contact Julie at vendors@riverfestarkansas.com. Remember space is limited so we encourage you to send in your application and deposit as soon as possible. If you are interested in becoming a commercial vendor or sponsor please contact the Riverfest office at 501.255.3378.


Ruff on the River Pooch Parade and Short Legged Dog Races

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!

Sponsorship levels are available! Please contact our office (501) 255-3378 for more info!



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 www.superretrieverseries.com and Super Retriever Series on facebook. The SRS Super Dock event will be held in the River Market Pavilions.


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. Be sure to stop by and get a QualChoice wristband with your child's name and phone number in case you're separated while at Springfest. The Hero Zone is an area where children will have the ability to interact with the heroes that keep them safe.


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


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 www.cockrillscountrycritters.com


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 www.theplaygroundaustin.com


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 www.mobilevideogamestation.com or www.facebook.com/MVGStation


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 www.rocktownmobilelazertag.com or www.facebook.com/RockTownMobileLazerTag


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


Sacred Earth Gifts // Asktjdesigns // Conley K. Boutique // Pickles' Pottery // Rock City Outfitters // Biscuits, Bamboo & Brushes // 2 Southern Divas Boutique // Heirloom Acreage // Quilts Not Blankets // Red Road Woodworks // Usborne Books & More // lil Dazzling BOWtique // Style Dots // Lee Ave. Craft Company // Tupperware // Alligator Food Design // Five Dollar Bling-Paparazz // Mary Garrett Jewelry f// Ellis Originals // Noonday Collection // Wags and Whiskers // Coco Luna designs // Purple Pineapple Boutique // Tribe Clothing Company // Country Deep // Face Painting Friends // Arkansas Democrat Gazette // States of Mind Clothing //


10:30 a.m. Ms. Karen’s Dance Studio

11:15 a.m. Dollarway High School Diamond Dynasty Dance Team

12:00 noon Out Loud Artistry “Young Stars”

12:45 p.m. O’Donovan School of Irish Dance

1:30 p.m. Stage Door Dance Arts

2:15 p.m. Little Rock School of Dance

3:00 p.m. Mexican Folklore Ballet

3:45 p.m. Arkansas ALLSTAR Cloggers

4:30 p.m. Trout Fishing in America - presented by Arkansas Children's Hospital

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