Old Independence Regional Museum’s Fall Family Day on Saturday, October 21st! (Posted by Ginger Smith)

Museum to Host Fall Family Day  – “Welcome to the Carnival”

Celebrate the fall season with Old Independence Regional Museum at Fall Family Day on Saturday, October 21 from 10am to 2pm. The event is free and open to the public. This year’s program theme is “Welcome to the Carnival”. Visitors will be able to try their hand at various carnival games and win prizes.

“We hope everyone will join us for this fun family event,” states Humanities Educator Terri Crawford. The carnival will include various games and crafts, including ring tosses, duck pond picks, leaf drawing, and more. A variety of prizes will be awarded to the lucky winners. Be sure to bring your camera so you can take a photo against the carnival backdrop.


Admission to the event is free as are all games and crafts. “We are proud to announce that First Community Bank is our sponsor for the day. We appreciate the support of our local community which allows us to offer this type of free programming,” commented Crawford.

Museum volunteers will host a concession stand with carnival foods available for purchase. Proceeds from concessions will be used to support the museum’s general operating fund. In addition, the Museum gift shop has stocked up for the day with many new items for kids and families. Claudia Nobles, gift shop manager, notes that the gift shop has several great Christmas gift ideas such as plush animals, finger puppets, educational toys, and historical books.

This humanities program is made possible by local support from Independence County and the City of Batesville, as well as by Challenge Grant Endowment funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Old Independence serves a 12-county area: Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Marion, Poinsett, Sharp, Stone, White, and Woodruff. Parts of these present-day counties comprised the original Independence County in 1820s Arkansas territory.

The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for seniors and $1.00 for children. The museum is located at 380 South 9th street, between Boswell and Vine Streets in Batesville. During your visit, stop by our gift shop. We stock many items from local artists, authors, and crafters, as well as historical toys and games.