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Traveling Arkansas: World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day parade

Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

The longest-running World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade celebrated its 20th gathering in Hot Springs on Friday with 98 feet of green beer, music and fun.

What happened: The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, actor Christopher McDonald, Arkansas-native country singer Justin Moore, the Village People, Miss Arkansas Ebony Mitchell and even the Mountain Pine High School marching band (Worth's alma mater) were all there.

Concoct your own signature dish at Honeycomb Kitchen Shop in Rogers

How it started. Photo: Alex Golden/Axios

I celebrated St. Patrick's Day by learning to make some Irish dishes at a cooking class at Honeycomb Kitchen Shop in Rogers.

How it works: Participants were assigned to work stations with 3-4 people. All the ingredients were already portioned out, along with the equipment and handouts with the written recipes. We also got instructions for Irish scones, which were prebaked and waiting for us as an appetizer.

6 bars and breweries to celebrate St. Patty's Day

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

St. Patrick's Day conveniently falls on a Friday this year, so make your plans now for a boozy celebration of the Irish holiday.

Bentonville Brewing โ€” Starting at 1pm, the brewery will celebrate with green beer, pipers playing the soundtrack to the day and hidden gold coins that can be redeemed for prizes and discounts.

How to spend a day in Downtown Rogers

This could be your lunch at Parkside Public. Photo: Alex Golden/Axios

Our "how to spend a day" series curates ideas to explore pockets of Northwest Arkansas.

Here are our recommendations for an ideal activity list for a jam-packed, fun-filled adventure of a day:

Spend time with the kiddos

World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade packs a party punch

Photo: Courtesy of Visit Hot Springs

Ralph Machio, Cheech Marin and Mike Rowe have more than Kevin Bacon in common.

Take a day trip to the Oark General Store

History comes alive at the Oark General Store. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

The weather is still fickle, so if you want to get outside without committing to a hike or bike ride, consider a car trip down part of the Pig Trail to the Oark General Store.

The big picture: The shop, operating since 1890, is on the Arkansas Register of Historic Places and offers a glimpse of what it was like to live in a rural part of the state 100 years ago.

How to entertain NWA kids this spring break

Illustration of a beach umbrella with a pencil for the handle.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Spring break is only a week and a half away for Arkansas public schools. Parents looking for a fun way to keep the kiddos busy might consider signing them up for a day camp or other activities.

Here's a quick guide to spring break options in NWA for the little ones:

A fishy cocktail at Fox Trail Distillery in Rogers

I couldn't resist. Photo: Alex Golden/Axios

I love a good gimmick โ€” even more if it's a little boozy.

State of play: The piranha at Fox Trail Distillery in Rogers offers both. This sweet sipper comes in a glass shaped like a toothy, bulgy-eyed piranha.

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