A carnival type atmosphere with many separate attractions including car show, bbq cook off, touch-a-truck, bounce arounds, games, etc. City of Refuge Ministries has been hosting the "Back 2 Basics" shoe giveaway in the Ft Smith area for several years.
In 2015, just over a thousand kids were able to go back to school with brand new shoes and the confidence that goes along with knowing people like you care enough about them to help. With roughly 20 work related vehicles including a helicopter, crane, concrete pump truck, police, fire, etc. children get to learn hands on by engaging with the drivers and vehicles in a safe, controlled environment. The car show is no touch but we encourage parents to use this as an opportunity to engage their children in asking questions about the vehicles and history around those companies (i.e. when did Ford release the first mustang? what was the first chevy vehicle off the line? Put these owners to the test!!!) Enter the bbq cook off if you think you have what it takes to be Ft Smiths grand bbq master! You can enter for yourself or your company and as many separate entries as you would like! (Fee for each does apply) Contact Justin Combs via message here or at 479-275-9470 to enter the car show or cook off!!! We look forward to seeing everyone May 14th!!!
Mission: All funds raised goes to purchase brand new shoes and socks for the River Valley area children going back to school through the City of Refuge Ministries "Back 2 Basics" school giveaway. Come out, enjoy, and sleep well that night knowing you helped change a child's life!!!
[05/12/16] We hate to do it but we have to cancel the event for May 14th. Insurance regulations required by Ben Geren Park have put us in a bind. We are working on other arrangements now. More information to come.
[06/06/15] Thanks to EVERYONE that came out today! It was hot, but we found a way to compensate. I will get some information together later tonight. Right now I just want some rest. Everyone had a great time!
[06/04/15] Interview done. Final preparations in process now! I can't wait to see everyone at the Touch a Truck. Looking like you might be able to come out and dunk a few football players around noon. Gonna have to come out to see who is already there! Raffle tickets $5. Buy your tickets now for a chance to win a pair of day passes to Thunder on the Mountain. Good for all 3 days. (camping not included) Or a 4 pack or tickets to Parrot Island Water Park. You can't win if you don't come out and see us! See you there!
[05/30/15] Just FYI....... Thunder on the Mountain is looking for volunteer groups to work the event. The requirement is 15 hours of work. 3, 5 hour shifts during the event. June 26 - 28th. In return for the volunteer work they will supply a pass for the event. Would anyone be interested in working this? If you are interested in helping out let me know. You must be 18. No joke guys. Let me know if you are interested and I will forward you the contact information.
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