Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 8, 1974 · Page 6
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 6

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, May 8, 1974
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Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Wed", May 8, 1974 FAVITTIVILLI, ARKANSAS ___ ._ Arkansans Taking Closer Look At Vacations In The State Bjr THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Arkansans planning vacations ' «pparently are poring over the · state map first. '· Thai's because of the energy ' pinch, which officials say will cause the holiday-minded pub- · lie to take a closer look at what · recreational facilities are avail- f . able at home before venturing across the state border. L.E. "Buddy" Surles, direc- - tor of the state Parks Division. ..suggests booking state park ..'cabins now. They're going fast. - "Bookings are coming in at the largest rate we've ever had," said Surles. "I think Arkansas people are wanting to "stay here and sec Arkansas. People are going to travel re- · gardless, Arkansas people, he--cause of our publicity program · arc going to take out and see what they.have on their door;, step before they venture f u r - ther." OTHER FACTORS : There are other factors that - point to a good summer for the state's recreation industry: --More money was collectec * at Mountain View's Ozark Folk -Festival this year than las . year, despite a reduced admis , 'sion. --Petit Jenn State Park ·recorded 4.000 persons on : warm weekend day recently -That's uncommon this time of year. -. --People are booking fo ·^longer stays at the stilted ;, parks, instead of just a week . end at a time. Surles said. , --All indications point to .. "very good season" for the tire Ozarks recreation area said Herb Dunn of the Dog : patch-Marble Falls facility nea : Harrison. '-. --Recreation inquiries at th - Eureka Springs Chamber .:. Commerce arc running ., heavy, if not heavier, t h a n ^ the past, said Gene Browi ,, chamber manager. .; "I think a whole new trend i .. visitation will be establishe ; this summer," said Surlc .- "Right now we're experiencin ·: a good, solid park traffic. Th . is an indication that Arkans; ·' people are using their park · more. , Surles said the state's publi ;. !ty people are aiming at tra elers from Arkansas and su ·rounding stales more than -. the past. "Where they used ;., go to travel shows in Los Ang - les and Toronto thev're keepin [·i it at St. Louis and Oklahom -, and Louisiana," he said. Sim making his comments. Surl' as left his job with the state. The energy pinch is the bait. "I think the gasoline is going be available here this su-nv ier." said Surles. "You may st have to worry a little hard- r lo get it and pay a little ore for it." All state parks were opened Easter Sunday. Prices for overnight accommodations vary from park to park. In the park, prices fluctuate from cabin to cabin, depending on condition. There have been no price hikes at the state parks, Surles said. The most popular Arkansas state park, said Surles, is Petit Jean, situalcd atop the picturesque 1,100-foot Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton. The other state parks offering cabin accommodations are Devils Den, Mount Nebo. Crowleys Ridge, Lake Chicot. Lake Catherine and Lake Ouachila. The historic lodge at Queen Wilhelmina State Park burned during the winter. It has been rebuilt, but will not be ready this summer. Carlelon Crawford, park superintendent at Petit Jean, said he anticipated the largest attendance the park ever has had. "This is the first time it has all been put together," said Crawford, He referred lo Ihe half-million dollar park improvements project which should be com- Weather Forecast Rain, Cold Air Hit Wide Area By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Rain storms rattled through the nalion's mitlsectipn today while cold air put an icy damp, er on spring in the Northeast. Rain sloshed over parts o the cenlral Plains and middle Mississippi Valley, with more than an inch falling during the evening at Moline, 111. Thunderstorms turned into showers before dawn and spread from Ohio and Illinois through Missouri and Kansas. Icy temperatures continued to chill New England and the Great Lakes states, promptin; frost and freeze warnings fron Michigan into Massachusetts Under clear skies, reading dropped into the lower 30s an upper 20s from Michigan int western New York and Penn sylvania. But balmy levels in the 60 and 70s were found in th Southern Plains and lower Mis sissippi Valley and souther California. Showers and thundershower also were reported in norther New England, the Pacifi Northwest and southeast Ar zona. And late Tuesday, a thundei storm accompanied by t m.pih. winds dumped an inc of rain on Homestead, Fla. Elsewhere, skies were clea over the Southwest, the Rockie and from the Gulf coast to tl middle and southern Atlant Coast. Temperatures before dan ranged from 83 at Needles, C, lif.. to 24 at Marquette. Mich. etcd by Memorial Day, add- g to the park's olher long-- tiiblishcd atlractions. There have been various ad- lions and changes, including nprovemenls at campgrounds, e water system and renova- on of kitchen facilities at the istaurant. "We were using 28- ear-old kitchen equipment." lid Crawford. Seating capacity not being expanded, hut he aid there never had been a laximum capacity house al ne time. The restaurant seats MHlt 200 persons. Youth Conservalion Corps roject, involving 24 students, ve counselors and a director, ill gel under way this summer t tho Cedar Falls overlook rea of the park. Cedar Falls ib ne of the largest waterfalls in IB Soulh, said Crawford. The igh school-aged sludenls wil e staying at the park helping mdscape and improve the verlook. Lake Bailey is nearby for ishcrmen. Another attraction s the late Winlhrop Rockefel er's antique automobile mu seum. Inside Ihe park's 4,000 acre re 25 cabins, priced at abou 10 or $12 for a family of four ncluded in the price arc beds ables and silverware. "Yoi can pretty much set up house iccping," said Crawford. "Jus jring the family and enjoy it." "We're probably the mos complete slate park in the sys em,'.' said Crawford. "Ther are a lot of things that brin .hem in here. It's hard to iso- atc one reason from another." Everybody is cautions about ;he fuel situation, said Crawford, "but it doesn't really seem to hold them down lhat much. REALLY TOO EARLY "It's really too early to tell, but we've had good traffic for this time of year. We're getting a lot belter traffic than people anticipated." Brown said about 666 bus loads of people had made reservations to visit the Eureka Springs area so far. "Last year at this time we possibly had 100." he said. "Many of them are retired persons and religious groups." Nestled deep in the 0/arks, Eureka Springs boasts Beaver Lake, an animal farm, a musical museum and the Onyx Cave. The litHe town of 2.200 also as its famous Passion Play, hich opens May 24 and runs hrough late October. "You could spend two weeks ouring the town and there would still be some sights and nterlainment you haven't een," said Brown. He said gasoline had been no itoblem so f a r , except during he end of the allocation period. Brown said mosl of Ihe area's tourists seem to be com- ng from out of state, mostly Texas. "Our mail doesn't indicate here will be more from kansas this year than in the jasl," he said. "We're receiv- ng mail from about the same places we did last year." Brown also said people seem o be slaying for longer periods -his year than in the past. Dogpatch--Marble Falls has arge cities. This year, Dog- Mtch--Marble Falls will have strong budget in a restricted roa, said Dunn. He said this "compact area tretched on a line through .ansas City, Chicago. St. , o u i s . Memphis. Jp"'---i. Miss.. Shreveport. La., Dallas, Oklahoma Cily, Tulsa. \ iua and hack lo Kansas City. "All these places are prime argets, he said. "We'll be .pending more on direct media ime and newspaper space in these areas." He said bookings were up over a year ago, but said he could not define a percentage a variety of overnight accom. modations which can house about 450 persons. Dogpatch is created around the comic strip characters of Al Capp and of fers everything from fishing to thrill rides. An all-year ice skating rink and winter ski run 's operated at Marble Falls Re sort and Convention Center. "Wo can't tell that the gaso line situalion is going lo affec us one bit," said Dunn, directo of marketing and public rela tions at Dogpatch--Marbli Falls. AMID CIRCLE He said the entire Ozark of increase. Dunn said would absorb the rising company price increases instead of passing on the added costs to Ihe con- iumer. "Our prices have not been raised in Iwo years," he said. "We're absorbing some price increases to hold Ihe line so people can afford gasoline." area is sel atnid' a circle of him. Resigns From Coke ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) -Charles W. Duncan Jr., 47. has resigned h i s J205.000-a-year post as president of Coca-Cola Co., the world's largest soft- drink manufacturer. He was elected in 1971. Duncan cited family and personal reasons. J. Lucian Smith, 55, a senior vice president and head of the domestic soft-drink operations, was elected to succeed REUPHOLSTERY SPECIAL! SOFA $129.00 JS Choice of Naugahyde, Nylons, Herculons and Velvets Choice of Colors 3 EAST MOUNTAIN RECOVERY ROOM Phone 521-8815 Rain Is forecast Wednesday for the Northeast and showers are expected from the upper Mississippi Valley to (he mid-Atlantic states. Showers are forecast for the northern Rockies, west Texas and southern Florida. Continuing colder weather is expected in Uie North and warmer weather in the South. (AP Wire- photn) OUTDOOR THICK MKUCUI MADE ENTRANCE DOORS Choose WYOMING ·» njffisa. t. 9 r* ** ^zMaar* sitttimsr.!. 66 Just because I say it, does make it so. During this campaign I'm not making any promises that I cant keep if I'm elected your Governor. I'm going to be honest with you now, before the election, because that's the way HI be in office, after the election. Honest. Open. Available. This is the only way that all Arkansans can be represented fairly. It's the only way I can be your Governor. David for Governor Paid tor by Stanley McNulty, Jr., Campaijn Chairmav

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