Where’s the Beans Fest?

The Mountain View Area Chamber of Commerce will host the first, and hopefully only, ‘Where’s the Bean’s Festival’ in the place of our traditional Bean Fest and Championship Outhouse Races, October 23rd and 24th. “While we would have loved to carry on the 38-year-old tradition of our beloved bean cooking competition and Outhouse Races, we felt it extremely important to practice social distancing and to comply with current Arkansas Department of Health standards for events,” said Nikki Morrow, Chamber Director. “I know that this will be a disappointment to some but we are striving to hold an event that will benefit the community, businesses, and visitors alike.”

While the long line of bean kettles will be absent from The Courthouse Square and beans won’t be cooked by our loyal competitors, there will be beans available that weekend. Local restaurants have agreed to cook beans & cornbread and have them available to sample at their establishments. They will also participate in a friendly bean cooking competition.  A list of competitors and map of their locations will be provided at the Chamber tent on Peabody Ave.

Scheduled music performances will take place on the courthouse stage on Friday the 23rd from noon until 5 p.m.  Opening Ceremony will be at 8:45 AM on Saturday the 24th and music will resume from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Impromptu groups will appear at all hours on the court square and adjacent lots, and area music theaters offer a variety of family entertainment in the evenings. There will be a special guest concert on the Courthouse Stage from 7:00-9:00 Saturday evening.

The North side of the Court square will feature the Bean Fest Artisans Market on the Square, offering handmade goods from local and regional crafters.  The market will be open Friday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The East side of the Court square (Peabody Ave.) and west side of the Court square (Howard Ave.) will feature artists from all over the region. You can find handmade jewelry, wood crafts, apothecary items and much more! Vendors will open on Friday at 11:00 am and Saturday at 9 am. (No set close time for vendors.)

Other fun things to do in Mountain View include shopping with local merchants and crafts vendors, attending music theater shows, and visiting the Ozark Folk Center State Park. The Folk Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for visitors to watch crafts demonstrations.

For more information please contact Nikki Morrow at 870-269-8068.