Golden Paddle Award

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership honors leaders in watershed stewardship and natural resource conservation in the Illinois River Watershed. Six Golden Paddle Awards are given annually to individuals or entities that exemplify excellent stewardship in the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the watershed.

We are excited to announce that the 2014 Golden Paddle Award in Business was received by the Gentry Chamber of Commerce. The combined efforts of the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Gentry have led to the beautiful Flint Creek Nature Area. We appreciate the recognition of this award and the efforts of all those who made it possible. We encourage everyone to enjoy Gentry and all it has to offer including this special Nature Area.

2014 Golden Paddle AwardFlint Creek Nature Area



History Book Order Forms

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.  History Book 2014 order form

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;

Pickin’ Time on 59

Pickin’ Time on 59 will be held Oct. 9, 10 and 11 on Arkansas HWY. 59. The event route will run from the Siloam Springs Airport, then north to Gentry, Decatur, Gravette and Sulphur Springs. Along the route shoppers will find antiques, collectibles and yard sale items.

We encourage citizens to participate by having yard sales (a garage sale permit is not required in Gentry during Pickin’ Time) and we hope businesses will join in the fun by providing shoppers with some great deals!  We are excited to have school groups, civic groups and many local businesses teaming up together to provide a larger offering of items.

10×10 spaces (and variations of this size) may be reserved with no charge by calling Bev Saunders at 479-736-2358.

Covered spaces may be reserved at the Chicken Coop by calling Melissa Graef at 479-871-1052.

Those who have questions or who need a space to display their products may call the following for assistance:

Sulphur Springs – Carol Ellis at 918-837-0456
Gravette Chamber of Commerce at 479-787-8998
Gentry Chamber of Commerce at 479-736-2358
Siloam Springs – 479-524-6466.

Event Flyer

Once all the fun of Pickin’ Time is over join us for the fun of the Fall Festival on Oct 12th.  More information coming soon!