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January 18, 2018


Did you know that the first full week of May is National Travel and Tourism Week

The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. Localized events are presented in cities, states, and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of American tourism and travel. It was established as National Travel and Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Rock Paper Scissors – Oh My !

Competition can be fun, when done right. Yes you have winners and loosers but its the challenge of the game that really makes it important. Plus when its one that any age and any sex can compete at – one on one then we are talking about, yes you read the title correctly…. Rock, Paper, Scissors a true competitive sport.


The folks here at Friends Of Hardy Arkansas better known as “FOHA” are working on sponsoring the first Rock, Paper, Scissors Hardy event ! Cash and prizes will be awarded to the top slots. The date will be announced in the near future but for now those interested and wishing to practice feel free using our training program above.

How Can A Small Town Create A Successful Festival?

smalltown1. Start with the customer you’d like to attract, not a name.

In some small towns this is easy. Look at the “It’s a Wonderful Life” Celebration in Seneca Falls, NY. Seneca Falls is the town featured in the movie classic, and they take full advantage in their festival. If you love the movie, you will want to attend. Hotel rooms are booked a year in advance and businesses declare the event a big economic success. Attendance, according to organizers, grows every year.

Hardy Featured In AHHP Program

ahppSharp County Historical Society was pleasantly surprised when contacted by Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to put the Hardy Downtown Historic District on the Walks Through History tour map. Based on the crowd of over 50 people, the two hour tour was a hit for locals who wanted to learn more about the history of downtown.

Rachel Silva welcomed the group gathered in front of the Olde Stonehouse Bed and Breakfast to give a short background about Hardy and talk about the walking tours. “My job is to go around the state and give a tour of the historic sites once a month and they are always free and open to the public,” explained Silva. The tours are year round with the exception of January and February.

Hardy Arkansas Open For Tourist Season

 Come Pause In Hardy, AR for a day, a weekend, or more! With Spring weather arriving so early and Summer just around the corner….all of us are looking for some fun times from the grind of work. Well remember Hardy is a great place to come to for an affordable fun time.

If you enjoy camping, we have a camper park right off of the Main street in Hardy on the Spring River that is open and ready for you. If your into Bed and Breakfast stays, we got that too as well as some great hotels/motels. Now if you have a  larger group or  family, many home rental options are available  in the surrounding area.

Wishing a Merry Christmas to our readers and their families

Merry-Christmas-4“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”

Okay, maybe not the typical Hardy, Ar. celebration; in fact, with this warm weather, it looks a lot like it must have more than 2,000 years ago when Mary and Joseph made their way across the land of Israel to Bethlehem via camel.

Of course, that’s no longer our preferred means of transportation, so those of us who are traveling this year have much to be grateful for.

Get A-ROUND-TUIT For Savings!


New for 2016 for everyone who is registered on our mailing list will be the new savings TUIT email coupon offerings from area merchants in Hardy, AR.

These will be exclusive offers just for our subscribers! We are working with the local artisans and area merchants on Main Street to bring to you great special offers and savings for area goods and services. These may be discounts off products, lodging or services offered in the area that you just print off on paper and bring with you, or simply let the merchant see the offering from your cell phone.

Free Local Business Directory Added

BD-business-directory2Our online site here at www.mainstreethardy.com is pleased to announce it has recently revamped the look and layout of our online site. We have been online promoting the area of Hardy, AR for many years and proudly continue to provide a resource site for information and news about the Hardy, AR. are.

With that in mind, we have updated our online business directory listing system here to allow all the area business and local artist as well to submit for FREE their business listing onto our online directory. With the need to easily be located online in today’s world, our site is SEO friendly and specifically about HARDY!

FOHA Recognized In Area Newspaper

The Friends Of Hardy Arkansas have been formally acknowledged in the area’s local newspaper, The Villager . In a front page article, our “civic” group was recognized for its gift of the signs in Hardy Arkansas.

At the June 4, 2013 City Council meeting we were happy to let the city know we had completed the installation of the signs we had offered to the city for the empty poles in the parking lots and in Dr. Thompsons park as well. The quality and workmanship by Signs by Rick were exceptional as we knew they would be.

Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs!

We are excited and happy to see the signage up just in time for the beginning of Tourist season in Hardy, Ar. We appreciate the hard work put in by Rick at Signs by Rick as well as everyone who helped by supporting our fund-raising efforts through the Friends Of Hardy Arkansas group.

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We hope that this forward step of “Unity” in our community will continue to inspire others to volunteer for events, and other areas that can use help in Hardy, AR. As a group working together we can do almost anything once we all put our minds to it!

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