Key Attractions in Stuttgart, Arkansas

by Melissa McCormick

Stuttgart, Arkansas is located just over an hour's drive from Little Rock in the eastern area of the state known as the "Grand Prairie." The city provides plenty of opportunities for the outdoorsman, especially duck hunting. Stuttgart is known as the "Rice and Duck Capital of the World," claiming to provide the "best duck hunting in the world" and also to "grow more rice than another other county in the nation." In addition to duck related events, you can find a variety of restaurants, festivals and cultural events throughout the year.

Duck Festival

Every Thanksgiving week, Stuttgart hosts the annual World's Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over The Prairie Festival. The seven-day festival kicks off with a Queen Mallard and Jr. Queen Mallard Pageant and ends with the World's Championship Duck Calling Contest. In between, you'll find an array of events including duck calling classes, a duck gumbo cook-off, a carnival, an arts and crafts fair, a sports collectibles show and a 10K race. The festival has been in existence for more than 70 years.

Duck Camps

If the Wings Over The Prairie Festival does not provide enough duck related activities for you, consider visiting one of Stuttgart's duck camps. Duck hunting is the area's main attractions and thus, there are approximately 50 duck camps and guide services available for locals and visitors to take advantage of. The camp guides will lead you on duck hunts through rice and soybean fields and some camps provide lodging and meals for groups or individuals.

Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie

The Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie is located in downtown Stuttgart and open Tuesday through Saturday. There you will get a history lesson on agriculture and pioneers, as well as a history of rice milling, crop dusting, fish farming and of course duck calling. The 20,000 square foot building also includes an antique decoy collection as well as a collection of waterfowl art and hunting guns.

Grand Prairie Festival of the Arts

The Grand Prairie Festival of the Arts is a Stuttgart event that has been taking place for more than 50 years. The festival is held for one weekend every September and consists of everything from art, performing art and photography to a fish fry. The Grand Prairie Festival of the Arts acknowledges artists with awards, and hosts a variety of activities for children. You can catch the festival Friday evening and during the day on Saturday and Sunday.

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