Kids in the Woods Festival

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Flint Creek Nature Area

Flint Creek Nature Area. Turn west on Dawn Hill East at Sleepy Hollow Store off Highway 59 – Nature Center is less than ¼ mile on the south side of the road. Gentry Arkansas

Free One-Day Nature Camp/Festival
Seven- and Eight-year olds – July 21
Nine- and Ten-year olds – July 22
Eleven- and Twelve-Year olds – July 23

The city of Gentry, Gentry Chamber of Commerce, the Arkansas Agriculture Department, the Arkansas Forestry Commission, and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are the sponsors of this nature festival at Gentry’s newest facility, the Flint Creek Nature Area and Community Fishing Pond.

Up to 30 participants in each age group will be accepted to join in this fun and educational activity. The first 30 applications in each age group that are received in the Gentry Chamber of Commerce office will be selected to participate in this free camp-like activity. The kids will receive nature educational materials as well as a free T-shirt.  The activities will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch and drinks provided. Please return to: KITW PO Box 642, Gentry, AR. 72734

Kids in the Woods Nature Festival/Camp will emphasize education in natural history and environmental studies. The program is for those who have a genuine interest in the outdoors and the natural world.  Applicants should also be prepared to meet expectations for physical activity, social interaction, and cooperative participation in shared duties and responsibilities typical of a summer camp environment.

Activities will include bird watching, nature hikes, tree appreciation and identification, bug kicking (in Flint Creek) and fishing lessons in the new community pond on the property. The pond will be stocked by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission the day before the camp.

Additional information available from Bev Saunders, Gentry Chamber of Commerce, 479-736-2358,,

Please return application as soon as possible to be sure your child is accepted into this fun and free event.

Click on the following link to print an application form for the Kids in the Woods Festival.

Gentry History Book

A team of individuals have come together to create Gentry’s 120-year history book to be published in 2015. The first book, published on Gentry’s centennial in 1994, sold out shortly after it was printed. The 120th edition will include many of the historical pictures and stories that were in the 1994 book plus many more. The new edition is expected to be more than twice as large as the original one.

The project is sponsored by the Gentry Chamber of Commerce and directed by Marla Feemster England. England can be released at 479-525-6093, 479-531-1873 or at;,

“There has been so much wonderful and historical pictures and stories that have been posted on Facebook recently, we decided we would use this means to capture these gems,” Bev Saunders, Gentry Chamber of Commerce director, stated.

The early bird price of the book, which is expected to be more than 300 pages, is $55. “To get the book published, we have to make payments as we go. By pre-selling the book, we will be able to make those payments,” Saunders explained. After the pre-sell time, the books will costs $65. “Last time, we had a hard time in the pre-sell because people didn’t know what they would be getting. Then when we got the books in, they sold like hot cakes. We ran out early and lots of folks that wanted one didn’t get one. I hope everyone will pre-buy this time….it will save them money and they will be sure to get a book.”

A brochure will soon be distributed to the community in hopes everyone will submit a story about their family, business, church, community organization or special event in Gentry. “The book is for anyone who has ever called Gentry home,” Saunders added. “It is our hope that every person that lives in our community today or ever has will submit personal information and photos. It’s called a history book but it is also about people in our community today.  We are also seeking any historical photos that anyone might have with accompanying stories.”

Committee members of the Gentry History Book project include Janice Arnold, Janie Parks, Tammie Runyan, Berta Norris, Sherry Ransom, Rick Parker, Kristi Holloway, Darla Threet, Marla England, Bev Saunders and Kevin Johnston. It is expected to take about one year to pre-sell the necessary amount of books to make the project successful, to gather and organize the material, and to get the book published.

Gentry Farmers Market

The 2014 Gentry Farmers Market will be held at the Main Street Pavilion, 500 East Main Street, with Melissa Graef as the director.  Those with produce may set up under the pavilion in the 11 feet by 14 feet space. The Pavilion, which will provide shelter from the rain and sun, is at the corner of Arkansas Highway 59 and Main Street. There will be a small fee for booth space. Those interested may talk to Melissa at the Chicken Coop Flea Market or call for details, 479-871-1052. Information is also available on .
Vendors will not be permitted to set up at the Gentry City Park this year.

Video on baseball in Gentry offered

Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the latest historical baseball video which was shown at the annual Gentry Chamber Banquet in February may now purchase one at Pioneer Pizza or from the Chamber office.

The cost is $10 each ($15 if shipped). For more information or to order a copy of the video, call Bev Saunders, executive director of Gentry Chamber of Commerce, at 736-2358. Checks can be sent to P.O. Box 642, Gentry, AR 72734.

The video is a retrospective look back into the days when Gentry’s most popular entertainment was baseball.

In the 1940s and 1950s, whether it was the organized league, the town team, the high school baseball team or just a group of local kids, there was always a game to be found in Gentry on a warm summer day.

Speakers in the video include Burl Lyons, Ralph Sullivan, Jim Twiggs, Sr., Allen Heald, Glenn Smith, Danny Feemster, Roy Jech, Bill Mitchell and Rick Parker.

The video was filmed and edited by Shane McNair and produced by Flying Lens Visuals.

Gentry’s Spring Fling

Gentry Arkansas’ Spring Fling

(Formerly Springtime Pickin’ Time)

May 1-3, 2014

•    Antiques, collectibles, garage sale items, it’s time to Fling it!
•    Booth spaces are available to vendors…call 479-736-2358.
•    No city garage sale permits required during this event.
•    Local residents are encouraged to host garage sales – be sure to put up readable signage to your event.


Gentry’s annual Spring Fling will be held Thursday through Saturday, May 1 to 3. Anyone planning to have a spring garage sale, antique or collectibles sale, is urged to participate in the citywide event. Anyone who would like to set up a booth along Arkansas Highway 59 may call Bev Saunders to reserve a space, 736-2358.