48 Hours: A September Weekend in Downtown Fort Smith

by: Colleen Perry

The weekend finale of the Unexpected Festival brought a host of events to downtown Fort Smith.  September 10th dawned as a perfect Saturday.  Around town the audiences grew as viewers experienced  the WOW! of the Unexpected murals.

Pendergraft Park on the West End completed the excitement with Chalk the Block, bands from morning to night, vendors and food trucks. It was beautiful and inspiring to see people out and about – celebrating, contributing and supporting Community Art.

Please enjoy our 48 Hour recap of the weekend events Downtown Fort Smith.

Photography by Corey Krasko







“Here represented is Ed a Native American from the Apache tribe, Kristina, a young African American woman who runs her own business, and Gene Beckham, a former employee who worked at this grain elevator for 70 years immediately after returning from the Second World War retiring last year.” Description by Guido Van Helten, Artist (Iceland)

Artists Jaz & Pastel (Argentina). Mural located 15 South 9th Street (access from alley behind Goins Furniture building).

Artist: Faith 47 (South Africa) 815 North “B” Street  Photo by Corey Krasko

Artist: Bordalo II (Portugal). An assemblage of car & truck bodies and parts makes for this unique piece located at 708 Rogers Ave (between the Next Step building and ArVest bank).

Photo by Randy McIntosh

Fort Smith’s exciting UnExpected weekend continued Sunday as cyclists gathered downtown for the 2nd Annual Hell on the Border State Criterium Championships.  The race included categories for kids as well as adult cyclists. This year’s race was a memorial to John Thellman with a portion of the race proceeds donated in his name to the Friends of Recreational Trails (FORT). http://arstatecrit.com/ 

In contrast to Alfonso Trent’s Orchestra of Gold, the Fort Smith Symphony opened their season with world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell. The Fort Smith Symphony was founded in 1932 and is one of the most outstanding orchestras in the state of Arkansas. The symphony’s next performance is October 22nd at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center. For tickets and a complete season schedule go to http://www.fortsmithsymphony.org/

Photo: Ft. Smith Symphony

Colleen Perry

Colleen Perry has spent more than 20 years in the publishing industry. Prior to co-founding BSavvy Magazine in late 2015, she spent 10 years in the yachting industry where she developed effective advertising campaigns within the marine industry of high-end yacht builders. It was during this time that she began to realize the value of a publication that offered relevant and timely advertiser-driven content.

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