'Lights of the Ozarks' parade and lighting of the Fayetteville Square Saturday

Nov. 14, 2011
Contact Information:

Rachel Chaney, Student Organizer
501-580-1056, rchaney@uark.edu

Godwin-Charles Ogbeide, Associate Professor of Restaurant and Hospitality Management
479-575-2579, gogbeide@uark.edu

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The 18th annual “Lights of the Ozarks” parade and lighting of the lights on the downtown Fayetteville Square will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

The parade is organized by the students in the University of Arkansas Event and Convention Hospitality Management class in conjunction with Fayetteville Visitors Bureau. The class is part of the Foods, Human Nutrition and Hospitality major in Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.

Rachel Chaney, a student organizer, said the theme of this year’s parade is “Fayetteville unites with holiday lights.” In addition to the parade and lighting of the lights, activities will include pony rides, camel rides, carriage rides, vendors and more.

"Everyone is invited to join this unique kick-off the winter holiday season by seeing downtown Fayetteville turn into a sparkling wonderland," Chaney said. The lights will be up through Dec. 31.

For more information, contact the Fayetteville Visitors Bureau toll free at 1-800-766-4626 or Godwin-Charles Ogbeide, associate professor of restaurant and hospitality management, at 575-2579, or online at lightsoftheozarks@gmail.com.