Heroes and Hamburgers will be hosted at Simple Pleasures Events Center on September 18, 11-4pm. It’s a festival honoring Bella Vista, AR first-responders, fire and EMS employees and will transform the nostalgic paradise into a fun, activity-filled playground.
Those who have been following the Weekly Vista articles on the upcoming Heroes & Hamburgers festival on September 18 at Simple Pleasures Events Center are well aware of the life-saving purpose of the event. What hasn’t yet been detailed is the amount of fun and excitement Heroes & Hamburgers will create for families, kids and all NW Arkansas residents of all ages.
A visit to Simple Pleasures Events Center is like taking a step into a Normal Rockwell painting or visiting Andy and Opie for a scoop of Aunt Bea’s homemade ice cream. The property is filled with vintage elements such as classic autos, a 1930s art deco service station and a replica old-fashioned ice cream soda fountain.
At 11:00 a.m., Sunday, September 18, the gates will open to one of the most unique events ever to be held in Northwest Arkansas. And while Heroes & Hamburgers is worthy of attention on its own, the event’s draw is only increased by the setting of Simple Pleasures—one of the most intriguing environments in the state. Each activity at Heroes & Hamburgers will include an interaction with a hero amid the immaculate landscaping art of Simple Pleasures.
For hayrides, kids and parents will climb aboard and enjoy the back forty and see the pond, butterflies and flowers right alongside a local police, fire or EMS hero. At the Cards From Kids station, both kids and adults can make their own thank-you card for a first-responder. Then, when they present the card to a hero, they receive a coupon for free ice cream at Simple Pleasures soda fountain.
The Then and Now display will feature a1959 Chevrolet Impala and 1954 Bel Air station wagon shining proudly next to their 2016 counterparts on loan from Nunnully Chevrolet. You can see the contrast between a modern flat screen TV to a 1948 round screen Admiral and a sputnik era zenith. A 1957 Aqua GE refrigerator is purchased new by former BV residents Jim & Phyllis Selig. The GE “advanced” refrigerator is still used and features lazy Susan shelves and foot step door opener.
In addition to the fun, attendees will be able to take photos throughout the property, including specially marked spots that are guaranteed to make for outstanding pictures. Parents can capture their kids sitting in emergency vehicles, standing with a hero, posing at the waterfall, next to a classic car or anywhere else that presents a potentially good shot. They’ll be able to capture their sons and daughters with the local drug dog, Camo, as he shows off his talents.
Bella Vista police fire and EMS equipment will be demonstrated by the hero men and women who protect us 24 hours a day. Children (and adults) can see the equipment demonstrated and meet a hero. “Bella Vista AR. Rocks” will feature a booth for kids and adults to paint rocks. Rocks are hidden at SP and all over BV and can then be posted to Facebook.
Adding to the entertainment will be the Joplin, Missouri-based band Walrus, who will be playing live classic rock and roll throughout the day, covering hits from the 50s to the 80s. Be sure to stay around during their break as we feature a 10 year old visitor who will be sure to entertain you.
Miner’s wife, Elaine, who has helped plan and manage the event from start to finish, put it this way: “Kids of all ages will love Heroes & Hamburgers.”