2017 Arkansas Bean Fest & Outhouse Races October 27-28th! (Posted by Ginger Smith)

A hint of autumn in the air means outhouse racers are being constructed and bean and cornbread recipes perfected for the Arkansas Bean Fest and Great Arkansas Championship Outhouse Race, to be held Friday and Saturday.

Bean Fest Event

Early Saturday morning the fires are lit under about 30-40 large antique cast iron pots loaded down with 2,000 lbs. of Great Value pinto beans on the north and west sides of the court square. The cooking teams sometimes dress as clowns or ghouls to compete for the title of Best Beans. At the noon dinner bell, cups of beans are served with cornbread and onion, all for free.

Special guest this year is Jana Jae. Jana Jae is an American country and bluegrass fiddler. She gained national fame by appearing on the nationally broadcast CBS/syndicated television series Hee Haw as part of Buck Owens’s band in the 1970s. She will be performing on the Courthouse stage Saturday night at 7pm with her band. She will also be one of our Bean Judges.

​Things step up a notch with the Parade of Outhouses around 1 p.m. The crowd gathers to cheer for their favorite “people powered potty” team of driver and pushers. The wheeled outhouses are outfitted with a steering device for the driver (while sitting on a potty seat), with power provided by two pushers. Teams get into the spirit by dressing in costumes to fit the theme of their privy.

All sense of decorum is abandoned as the racers line up and run in heats on Jefferson Street south of the court square to determine the fastest privy in the Ozarks. Teams compete for the revered Gold, Silver and Bronze toilet seat awards and cash prizes.

Contest Rules and Applications for Bean Cooking, or the Outhouse Race, please contact us at mvchamber@mvtel.net.

For Craft Vendor Applications email: arkansascraftguild@gmail.com

For Merchandise Vendor Applications email: planning@cityofmtnview.com

Also 10th Annual Artisans on the Square Market!