113th annual Tontitown Grape Festival runs Aug. 9-13

When can you safely say your event is a success? I don’t know if there’s an exact time, but it’s safe to say that once it’s happened for 113 consecutive years, you’re doing something right.

That’s how long the folks in Tontitown have been holding their annual Grape Festival, which officially kicked off for the 113th time Tuesday, Aug. 9.

The carnival opened at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and free live entertainment with the Boston Mountain Playboys began at 7 p.m.

Awesome. (photo: Bo Counts)

The festival will continue through Saturday, Aug. 13 with live entertainment scheduled each evening. Highlights include a performances by country music stars Jamie O’Neal, Doug Stone, Andy Griggs, and Patrick Hall’s (American Idol finalist from Season 5) band Studio B.

The annual crowning of the Queen of Concordia by “Voice of the Razorbacks” Chuck Barret will happen on Friday night.

The famous chicken and spaghetti dinners will be served on Thursday through Saturday evenings from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Dinners are $10 for adults, or $5 for children.

Admission and parking are free, and carnival armbands will be available for $20.

Schedule of Events