Good Evening TXK

photo by Maddy Green
photo by Maddy Green

Good Evening TXK

Five things to do during April!

It’s hard to believe that only five years ago this month I was sitting in Central Mall, on a purple Easter egg shaped throne, with a giant yellow duck towering over me, holding crying, screaming, adorably dressed babies in my lap. I was slowly, but surely, losing every ounce of hydration in my body because of my overactive sweat glands, mixed with an Easter bunny suit that reached temperatures of at least 100 degrees. Fifteen minutes in that suit would beat an hour of yoga any day. Good times! 

This is how I will forever remember the month of April. But a lot has changed in five years! I have had plenty of time to ponder why I ever said yes to being a mall Easter bunny during the now infamous quarantine of 2020. She was a gem! I was blessed with even more time at home to examine my life during the gorgeous, but ever so annoying, snowpocalypse of 2021 (as most in Texarkana are calling it). It was another full business week of iced-over roads and more than enough snow to keep me apart for far too long from my one true love-Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. (Move over Honey-Butter Chicken Biscuit)

Back then I was convinced that pressure cooker bunny prison was the worst thing in the world, but since then there has been no shortage of dramatic events in our world to give us perspective. We definitely take our everyday pleasures for granted far too often. After only a week of not seeing my friends during the snowstorm, I was dying to re-enter the world in my best outfit and live my best life again. I know you probably felt the same way, too, but thankfully, it was not the end of the world! COVID restrictions are beginning to ease, and the snow is all melted, so throw that best outfit on, grab your friends, find a patio and go do what we were born to do at the fun Texarkana events happening in April!

76th Annual Four States Fair & Rodeo at Four States Fairgrounds—April 2-11 

There is absolutely no better way to start April than with the 76th Annual Four States Fair & Rodeo, back for the first time in two years! I cannot believe it has been two years since I have ridden the Avalanche-my favorite fair ride! 

The fair was a staple of my childhood and I know the same goes for so many other Texarkanians! The rides may bring me there, but the funnel cakes KEEP me there! 

If you are looking for fun for the entire family, the annual fair starts on April 2, and will be in town until April 11 at the Four States Fairgrounds, located at 3700 East 50th Street, Texarkana, Arkansas.

AMMP Motorsports Monster Mash & Demolition Derby Two-Night Event at Four States Fairgrounds—April 2-3

I still remember my miniature light blue wax covered ear plugs from these two events many years ago when I was just a wee child. My uncle was in the demolition derby, so my entire family went to support him. 

Listen, I’m not trying to hate on a bunch of monster trucks running over smaller objects or loud cars crashing into each other, all in the name of fun. If you love that kind of thing, then great! This event is for you. It has never been my cup of tea, but I have no doubt it will be a blast for many. That is what makes Texarkana so great… it has something for every taste.

If you are interested, the Monster Mash doors will open at 5 pm on the Four States Fair’s opening night Friday, April 2, with the actual show starting at 7 pm. The 30th Annual Demolition Derby doors will open at 6 pm and starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 3!

Texarkana Symphony Orchestra presents Andrew Von Oeyen playing piano for one night only!—April 17

Maybe I could have been the next piano prodigy when I was a kid, if I would have actually stuck with it the three different opportunities I had to take lessons. But, alas, I quit every time. Laziness got the best of me. Now I am relegated to dreaming of what could have been. But that is perfectly fine because Andrew von Oeyen is definitely one of the greats and he is coming to Texarkana.

Texarkana Symphony Orchestra’s official website describes this brilliant musician as “hailed worldwide for his elegant and insightful interpretations, balanced artistry, and brilliant technique.” He has “established himself as one of the most captivating pianists of his generation.” And we get to have him right here in Texarkana! How cool is that?

On Saturday, April 17, he will stand before us, playing LIVE at the Historic Perot Theatre in downtown Texarkana, beginning at 7:30 pm! Call the Perot Theatre Box office to purchase tickets at 903.792.4992. The Perot Theatre is located at 221 Main Street, Texarkana, Texas.

CASA Colorful Run 5K at Trinity Baptist Church/Cross-Country Trail—April 24

If you have been reading my articles each month, you should know by now that running is not really my thing. Fast food is more my thing. But throw in a good cause and I might say, “count me in!” 

The 7th Annual CASA Colorful 5K run benefits CASA for Children and the services they provide to the more than 1,100 abused and neglected children of our community every year. The run is a GREAT way to help this amazing organization! 

It is a 3.1-mile fitness running/walking event on a cross country trail. The race begins with each participant releasing a bag of color into the air creating a beautiful burst of color. Stations will also be located throughout the race route where you will be showered with brightly colored powder, turning your white shirt into a color explosion. The color is made from eco-friendly food colored cornstarch.

On-site registration begins at 8 am and prices begin at $15 for kids ages five through eleven, but will increase after 9:30 am on April 9, 2021, so sign up as soon as possible! The same goes for ages 12 and up. Sign up begins at $30 and goes up from there on April 9, 2021. Registration fees are non-refundable and include one color bag and one t-shirt per paid registrant. Come on out and support a glorious cause in a colorful way! 

Trinity Baptist Church is located at 3115 Trinity Boulevard, Texarkana, Arkansas.

T-Town 5 Playing At Hopkins Icehouse—April 24 

Obviously, T-Town 5 is the band to have at your local restaurant. I have told you about them in previous months, and rightfully so. They deserve all the hype! This awesome band will play at Hopkins Icehouse in historic downtown Texarkana on Saturday, April 24, and you do not want to miss it! 

The admission is completely free, so if you want wonderful drinks and great music, THIS is where you’ll find it! The night kicks off at 8 pm! Hopkins Icehouse is located at 301 East 3rd Street, Texarkana, Arkansas.

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