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Welcome to the Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce

also serving Norman, Caddo Gap, Oden, Story and Montgomery County

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2017 Events:

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Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Meetings
take place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, at 6:00 pm
at the Chamber's Tourism Information Office located at
124 Hwy 270 West in Mount Ida. Committee members needed!
Meetings are open to the public! All are Welcome! Volunteers Needed!

July 22nd
Saturday, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Explore the Watchable Wildlife Trail w/Ms. Wheelchair Arkansas
Meet Ms. Wheelchair Arkansas, Tiffany Allen, and Explore the Watchable Wildlife Trail!
This portion of the Lake Ouachtia Visit Trail (LOViT) is designed to bring all users,
including those who may be physically challenged, closer to nature.
Silent Auction, Face Painting, Light Refreshments
Location: Hwy 270 & Shangri La Drive, Mount Ida
Hosted by: Ouachita Explorer and Only in Arkansas, Inc.

August 1st-4th
8:00 AM - !2:00 PM
New Student Registration for Mount Ida Public Schools
You may register your new student at their respective buildings. Please bring their birth certificate, social security card, & updated shot records. You will also need something showing you live in our district, such as a utility bill.

August 2nd
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Montgomery County Master Gardeners
Local organic farmer and master gardener to speak at Master Gardeners meeting Friday Gladheart, master gardener and organic farmer will talk about "Garden Myths...from Epsom salts to wood ash and vinegar - what works, what doesn't and why" at 11:00, on Wednesday, August 2 directly after our 10:00 meeting. Friday owns and operates an organic farm and teaching center with her partner near Story, AR. She also offers computer help and builds web sites in her spare time. Anyone interested in hearing about garden myths is encouraged to attend the program. If you have time, please join us at 9:30 A.M. for a meet and greet social prior to our regularly scheduled meeting which begins at 10:00 A.M. Programs on various topics are presented at the monthly meetings which are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Montgomery County Extension Office. The public is always invited to attend and benefit from these informative presentations. Also, you are welcome to attend the regular meeting, see and hear what we do. You might be interested in joining! The Montgomery County Extension Service Office can be contacted at 870-867-2311.

August 10th
5:30 – 7:30
Caddo Hills Schools Open House
Hosted by: Caddo Hills School District

August 12th
Montgomery County Fair And Rodeo

Location: 248 Fairgrounds Rd Mount Ida, Arkansas, AR 71957
Hosted by: Montgomery County Fair Association 

September ??
Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Story Days
Live Music, Car Show, Vendor Booths, Food, Mud Wrestling
Location: Hwy 27 and Hwy 298
Presented by: Bluebell Cafe and Country Store

October 13th-15th
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
37th Annual Quartz, Quiltz, and Craftz Festival
The Quartz, Quiltz, & Craftz Festival (QQC) is three shows in one, a Gem & Mineral Show, a Quilt Show, and an Arts & Crafts Show. The event takes place annually on the second weekend in October at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Mount Ida, Arkansas - the "Quartz Crystal Capital of the World". This year, the 37th Annual QQC Festival takes place October 13th, 14th & 15th. Three buildings at the fairgrounds each feature one of the three shows with additional gem & mineral booths and food vendors outside. Admission is Free. Attendees can enter a free drawing for door prizes which will be announced periodically throughout the day and may purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win this year’s featured quilt. The QQC Festival also features two quartz crystal digging competitions, the "World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig" and the "K-6 Kids' Dig", providing opportunities for rockhounds of all ages to experience the joy of finding their own buried treasure!
Presented by: Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce,  UofA EHC, & Ouachita Artists

October 13th-14th
Friday & Saturday, 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
30th Annual World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig
The World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig is a two-day amateur crystal digging competition for Adults and Young Miners (ages 17 and under). The event takes place Friday & Saturday, October 13th & 14th. Entrants can dig at their choice of two participating mines, Twin Creek Crystal Mine and Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine. Over the course of two days, diggers get keep all they find and submit their best point and cluster each day to compete for crystal adorned award plaques and $2100 in total prize money. Members of gem & mineral and rockhounding clubs can compete against rival clubs for bragging rights and a
chance to win a free entry to next year’s event!
Presented by: Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce

Join us for the 30th Annual World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig
October 13-14, 2017! Limited to the 1st 200 diggers!

October 14th
Saturday, 10:00 am
K-6 Kids' Dig
Grade school aged children pay $1 dig in a tailings pile prepared by
Dixie Crystal Mining Co.  with crystals from their Twin Creek Crystal Mine
at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Awards and prizes for 1st & 2nd place in
K-3rd and 4th-6th divisions. Educational presentation by Sandra Chandler of the
Arkansas Geological Survey. Awards ceremony & Door Prizes.
Presented by: Dixie Crystal Mining Co. & Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce


Ouachita Artists Gallery & Studio

American Legion Post 313
Second Tuesday's at 6:30 PM
Location: Courthouse Annex, 117 Ray Dr., Mount Ida, Arkansas 71957

Diabetes Support Group
Thursday's at Noon
Location: First United Methodist church.
Come to the fellowship hall entrance. All are welcome.
Questions? Contact Pat Smith, 870- 490-1836 or

Ouachita Artists Gallery & Studio
Friday's - Open Studio, 10:00am-6:00pm

Third Monday's, Program Meeting, 3:30PM
Special Guest Speaker and Demonstration
Open to the Public, Please park in the back.

Membership Meeting
First Wednesday's, 1:00pm
Montgomery County Yarn Workers
knitting and crocheting each Friday at the Assisted Living Center in Mt. Ida.beginning at 3:30 p.m. Teaching yarn crafts at no charge and can help with patterns and questions.
If you have yarn to donate, or if you know of a need for something we can make for a good cause, call Kathleena at 867-5154 or Betty at 867-3894.

Red Hat Ladies

Third Thursday's at 1:00PM
Location: Various Locations

Master Gardeners
First Wednesday's at 10:00
Location: Extension Office

Montgomery County Council for the Performing Arts (MCCPA)
1st Thurday at 5:00PM
Location: 338 Whittington Street, Mount Ida, Arkansas 71957

4-H Clubs
Mount Ida 4-H & Puddle Jumpers 4-H 2nd Monday 5:00 Extension Office
R.A.G.E. Teen Leader 4-H 2nd Thursday 5:00 Extension Office
Oden 4-H 4th Monday, 5:00 Pencil Bluff Baptist Church
2nd Tuesday, 6:30, Fairgrounds

Strong Women Groups
Mount Ida
· MWF 7:00 a.m. Extension Office
· MWF 8:45 a.m. Extension Office
· MWF 10:00 a.m. Extension Office
· TTh 6:00 p.m. Extension Office
· TTh 9:30 a.m. Lake Ouachita Baptist Church

· MWF 8:15 a.m., Barr Memorial Presbyterian Church

· MWF 8:30 a.m., Oden Baptist Church

EHC Clubs

Oden EHC Club
1st Tues 1:00 Oden Methodist Church

Joplin EHC Club
2nd Tues 1:30 Extension Office

Snap, Crackle, Pop Exercise Group
Every Tues & Thurs 9:00 Graham Court Recreation Hall

Stitchin’Friends EHC Club – Quilting & Sewing every Thursday. First, third and fourth Thursday of each month from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Montgomery County Extension Ofice in Mount Ida. Meet at Cathy’s Quilting in Hot Springs on the second Thursday of each month.

Yarn Workers EHC Club
Knitting & Crocheting every Friday 3:30 Assisted Living Center

Pine Ridge EHC Club
Quilting every Tues 9:00-3:00 Pine Ridge Baptist Church

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Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce
124 Highway 270 W, Post Office Box 6, Mount Ida, AR 71957-8000, 870-867-2723
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