The city of Centerton in Benton County Arkansas is a very family orientated community so many of the annual events held throughout the calendar year offer fun and entertainment for people of all ages. One of the most celebrated events of the year is Centerton Day which is held annually on the last Saturday in June. This is an all day event that the whole family can enjoy but it is also a fund raiser for a very good local cause with proceeds from 2013’s events going to the city’s Volunteer Fire Department, Animal Control Association and the Police Department’s the “Shop with a Cop” program.
Prior to the event collections will be made around the city with residents making financial donations as well as donating items that will be auctioned off on the day. The event begins at 7.30am with a Fishing Derby at Centerton Lake for children aged fifteen and under, followed by Tiny Tots Luau Pageant at 9am for children under ten however registration for competitors must be done online in advance. Around the same time the Benton County Sheriff’s Office will start Fingerprints for Children which will run until 2pm while the Bentonville Police Bomb Squad will be on display until 12 noon and the Air County’s Evac Medical Helicopter Team will attend the event from 10.30am to 11am.
Children can also enjoy a Petting Zoo from 9am to 2pm which is sponsored by the Centerton 4-H however one of the main events of the day is the Centerton Day Parade which everyone is welcome to participate in or you can simply enjoy it as a spectator. The auction takes place at 12 noon and includes items donated as well as a selection of homemade cakes and pies courtesy of local residents and this will continue to 1.30pm when the Centerton Volunteer Fire Department will hold their Fireman’s Muster until 4pm. Throughout the day there will be a variety of concessions and entertainment for the whole family from Jo Jo jumpers inflatable’s for the kids to the dreaded Dunk Tank for adults! Vendors will be selling food and drinks throughout the day while local KURM radio will be providing a remote service to go along with the selection of live music provided by bands from the Christian Life Centre of Centerton.
July is also busy month with several public firework displays held in Centerton including a pre-Independence Day Celebration hosted by the New Life Christian Centre, located on West Centerton Boulevard. This is held on 3rd July from 6.30pm and includes hamburgers, hotdogs and inflatables as well as an impressive firework display. On July 4th, the First Baptist Church will hold their Annual Fourth Fest from 7pm with food and refreshments including homemade ice cream, alongside kid’s attractions and a fireworks display. Towards the end of the year, the city gets into full festive spirit beginning with a Christmas parade where the Centerton Fire Department escort Santa Clause around to visit local children and distribute candy.