BY MELANIE BUCK –
The thunderous roar of thousands of motorcycles can be heard around the county this week as the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) welcomes approximately 3,000 of its members from across the world to the 39th Annual Changing of the Colors Rally held at their International Headquarters on Iron Mountain in Hatfield, Arkansas.
In addition to CMA’s annual rally, the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce will hold it’s first Fall Foliage Festival to be held in Janssen Park on Saturday, October 18.
Festivities will begin Wednesday, October 15, at the CMA Iron Mountain Facilities and continue through Saturday, October 18. The event is open to the public and registration is complimentary to Polk County residents who are not members of CMA.
Activities include nightly revival services for adults that include times of worship, testimony, prayer, and learning, along with plenty of fellowship. Each evening, children, ages 4-12, can participate in the Kidz for Christ group held in the Iron Mountain Room, which includes puppets, singing, and fun biblical learning. Youth, ages 12-18, can join in the Youth Movement in Iron Mountain’s Youth Pavilion and enjoy activities such as musical routines, talent shows, and learning how to walk with Christ.
There will also be vendors, seminars, and nightly fundraisers with proceeds benefitting local charities.
The two events will meld together on Saturday as registration for CMA’s ‘Run for the Son’ 5K is scheduled to begin at the Fall Foliage Festival location in Janssen Park at 7 a.m. on Saturday with the race beginning at 7:30 a.m. The CMA Bike Stunt Show will be held next to the Festival site, at the First Baptist Church. Spectators can catch the show at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The Fall Foliage Festival is presented by the local Chamber of Commerce who wishes to give tourists a full schedule of events to participate in while enjoying Mena’s scenic changing of the colors each fall. Activities for the Festival include a chili cook-off, a punkin’ chunkin’ contest, Kids’ Korner activities, a Razorback tailgate event, and more, ending the day with a smoke screen movie, Saving Mr. Banks.