The Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Tourism Association and the Army Corps of Engineers are seeking volunteers and sponsors to pitch in from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 10 during the 47th Annual Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In addition, to celebrate the Tourism Association’s 50th year, the association along with area businesses and attractions are hosting the first ever “Love the Lake and River Weekend,” Sept. 9-11 with free camping to all cleanup volunteers, free behind the scenes tours, activities, and up close and personal community experiences.
Volunteers are asked to register online at VisitGreersFerryLake.org or the association’s web based app at GoSeeDoAR.org. Cleanup day check-in will occur between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. at any of the participating Greers Ferry Lake area marinas: Eden Isle Marina, Fairfield Bay Marina, Heber Springs Marina, Smith’s Hill Creek Marina, Lacey’s Narrows Marina, Shiloh Marina, Furgersons Choctaw Marina, Peter’s Sugarloaf Marina, Dam Site Camping Gatehouse, and Lindsey’s Resort.
An old fashion celebratory lunch will be held for the first time in Fairfield Bay. Hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings along with old fashion lemonade will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. to the first 800 volunteers at Fairfield Bay Marina. Entertainment during lunch will include Britt Currie & Friends, a local Arkansas favorite who has performed with Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton, and many others. Also as a tradition, the Harding Choir will perform during the opening ceremony. Kids and adults alike can enjoy face painting, a water safety booth, a three-legged recycle race, door prizes and more. Sponsors are asking volunteers with boats to bring them to transport their own families and friends or to help with transportation for volunteers who do not have boats.
The Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Association will hold a special dedication ceremony at the luncheon for the late Carl Garner, cleanup founder.
If you prefer cleaning up the Little Red River or the Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery, Chapter 722 of Trout Unlimited, and Red River Association will be checking in volunteers at 8 a.m. at the Red River Adventures Trout Dock, and will provide a luncheon for volunteers at 11:30 a.m. at the pavilion. If you prefer cleaning up around the Sugarloaf Mountain area at ASU the Sugarloaf Heritage Council will be checking in volunteers at 8 a.m. and will provide a luncheon for volunteers at 11:30 a.m.
Cleanup sponsors encourage those who plan to volunteer to sign up in advance online atVisitGreersFerryLake.org/clean
Cleanup sponsors include: Greers Ferry Lake & Little Red River Association, Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Greers Ferry Lake National Fish Hatchery, Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, City of Fairfield Bay, Fairfield Bay Community Club, Fairfield Bay Marina, Save Greers Ferry Lake, Trout Unlimited Chapter 722, Red River Association, Britt Currie & Friends, XTO Energy, Justin’s Towing, Ben E Keith, City of Clinton, National Guard Company B 39th BSB in Heber Springs, Chow Hall BBQ & Kirk Presbyterian Men’s Club, KFFB 106.1, KWCK 99.9, COOL 104.7, KSUG 101.9 “The Lake,” Greers Ferry & Heber Springs High School, Family & Consumer Sciences Dept. Special thanks to area marinas, Fairfield Bay Community Club, and the Chambers of Commerce in Augusta, Bald Knob, Beebe, Clinton, Fairfield Bay, Greers Ferry, Heber Springs, McCrory, and Searcy.