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January 2017 50 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Bentonville In the northwest corner of the state is Bentonville. In addition to great facilities, the city has a regional airport that services 14 direct destinations with 40-plus flights a day. Hotel rooms: 2,100 Hotel tax rate: 13.5 percent Major facilities: Bentonville High School offers a football stadium, basket- ball/volleyball court and multi-purpose facility. Bentonville Community Center houses a 25-yard, eight-lane pool. Slaughter Pen Mountain Bike Park has 40-plus miles of multi-use trails. Memorial Park has 12 tennis courts, four lighted softball fields, five baseball fields, 11 lighted soccer fields, four basketball courts, two multi-purpose fields, two T-ball fields, four sand volley- ball courts and a skate park. Contact: Visit Bentonville, www.visit bentonville.com. See Ad On Page 53 Conway Conway is a vibrant college town with state-of-the-art, city-owned athletic facili- ties for baseball, softball and soccer, as well as two large indoor facilities that can be used for basketball or volleyball. Hotel rooms: 1,422 Hotel tax rate: 9 percent Major facilities: City of Colleges Park has five lighted softball fields. Centen- nial Park Soccer Complex has 12 fields. Don Owen Complex has three basket- ball courts, three baseball fields and six volleyball courts. McGee Center offers three basketball courts and six volleyball courts. Conway Station Park features nine fields. University of Central Arkan- sas includes four basketball courts, three soccer fields, four softball fields and five volleyball courts. Contact: Conway CVB, www.ConwayArk.com. See Ad On Page 67 Arkansas is known as the Natural State and its offerings don't dis- appoint. The Southern state has landscapes for all types of sports, from the mountain bike trails in the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains to lakes such as Lake Dardanelle. "In addition, Arkansas is centrally located within the United States and offers a mild climate," said Tracy Morales, group travel man- ager for the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism. "It's an easy destination for events to attract teams." n See Ad On Page 51 ◄ Mountain Biking in Bentonville SITE SELECTION GUIDE: ARKANSAS One Famous Haircut... On March 24, 1958, Elvis Presley suspend- ed his music career to serve in the U.S. Army. The very next day, The King made major headlines when he had his first G.I. buzz cut and it happened at what is now the Chaffee Barbershop Museum in Fort Smith, a restored WWII army barbershop. Today, fans can tour the facility, which houses thousands of photos and artifacts from its 70-year history. n WHAT TO SEE: Photo courtesy of Fort Smith CVB