Experiencing the open bazaar and market of the Beebe Flea Market; visiting with the man who was on the last C-130 to fly out of Viet Nam, which happens to be on display at the Little Rock Air Force Base; spending time where the buffalo roam; and taking a flying leap (well, not exactly) at Lovers Leap Trail atop Rich Mountain: it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Dec. 6!
There are flea markets, and then there are flea markets! The Beebe Flea Market is one that is a must-experience! Much more than just a flea market, this open bazaar is very similar to the kind that is held in larger U.S. cities and foreign countries. Here, you can literally find anything – and I do mean anything! From all sorts of animals that are on sale to a gas mask to a hunting spear! Plus, great food cooked and grilled on the spot! It’s a social gathering that many people look forward to every Saturday morning in Beebe.
The C-130 on display at the front gate of the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Arkansas, is a piece of history. It happens to be the last C-130 to fly out of Viet Nam immediately before the close of the war. One man’s history – who was a second lieutenant in the South Vietnamese Army and managed to hop aboard that plane as it was about to take off, along with 479 other people – is a freedom success story that’ll give you goose bumps!
“Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam …” are song lyrics that one man near Marshall lives out on a daily basis. This buffalo ranch, though, is one that you can experience as well. Lodging on the ranch provides the opportunity to be a buffalo ranch hand for a couple of days or a week – whatever suits your fancy.
There are many “Lovers Leap” sites in Arkansas, and the Lovers Leap Trail atop Rich Mountain at Queen Wilhelmina State Park near Mena offers a breath-taking view of Ouachita National Forest below the “Lovers Leap” overlook.
Experience it all Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m.!
“Exploring Arkansas,” 6:30 p.m.