Saline Crossing Regional Park & Recreational Area is hosting its Annual Pioneer Days Rendezvous on May 13th-14th from 10am-5pm. School groups are welcome to come on Friday May 13th from 9am-2:30pm.The Early Arkansas Reenactors (EARA) will be encamped at the city fishing park at the end of Airlane Drive and Mary Kay in Benton.Organizers say you will see what life was like for early settlers on the Southwest Trail and Saline Crossing. Experience the hardships and challenges of the pioneers and settlers. There will be demonstrations of many aspects of their life.Activities include spinning wheel and yarn making, primitive weaving, flint knapping, period firearms, 1800s clothing, fire starting demo, dutch oven cooking, storytelling, history of the area dating back to 1813, archery and hatchet throwing.For more information contact one of the following members of Saline Crossing Regional Park & Recreation Area Inc… Lynn Moore at 778-8661, Doyle Ritchey at 860-2544, or Marsha Kimery at 860-3686.The mission of Saline Crossing Regional Park & Recreation Area Inc., is to restore and preserve the Old River Bridge, circa 1891, at the historic Saline Crossing site where the Southwest Trail (Military Road) crosses the Saline River; to develop safe, serviceable, and appropriate public access to the Saline River and the historical area; to create a regional park and recreation area along the Saline River; and to promote appreciation for the historical and ecological significance of both Saline Crossing and the Saline River.
Find out more about Saline Crossing, its plans and how you can help by visiting https://www.salinecrossing.com.