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Author Jason Irby and the Wabbaseka Memorial Committee invited the public to celebrate the third anniversary of the Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.
“This year we have the special privilege of recognizing and honoring our native son O.C. Horton, Jr., who served on the USS Arkansas CNG-41 [in 1978]. That is very unique,” Irby said in a news release, adding that Horton grew up at Wabbaseka.
At 10 a.m., the event ended with a flag ceremony by the Little Rock Air Force Base, Dollarway High School ROTC, and Camp J.T./Robinson NOSC Naval color guards.
“This year we have the awesome privilege of recognizing and honoring our native son O.C. Horton, Jr., who served on the USS Arkansas CGN-41. That is very unique,” Irby shared.
Horton grew up in Wabbaseka, Arkansas and later served on the USS Arkansas CGN-41 in 1978.
KABZ 103.7 The BUZZ will host the event. The live radio broadcast will begin at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 12, 2016, in the Wabbaseka Community Park located at the intersection of Highway 79 and Myrtle Street in Wabbaseka, Arkansas.
The event will end at 10:00 a.m. with a flag ceremony performed by the Little Rock Air Force Base, Dollarway High School ROTC, and Camp J.T/ Robinson NOSC Naval color guards. This event is open to the public.
History of Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza
On October 12, 2013, Jason Irby and the Wabbaseka Memorial Committee revealed the Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza by conducting a showcase and dedication ceremony at Wabbaseka Community Park in Wabbaseka, Arkansas.
The flag and veterans’ memorial plaza was established to honor the 100th year anniversary of the Arkansas State Flag, Miss Willie K. Hocker, flag designer and Wabbaseka native, and the USS Arkansas Navy battleship.
The Arkansas Signature Food Dish Contest is fast approaching. The deadline to enter has been extended to August 31, 2016.
The grand finale judging will be held at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds located at 2600 Howard Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72206, during the 2016 Arkansas State Fair. Specific judging location at the state fair will be announced.
The Arkansas Signature Food Dish Contest spearheaded by the Jason Irby INNOVATION FOUNDATION (JIIF) is open to the public. Anyone is eligible to be a contestant and may submit one recipe per entry. Contestants under age 18 will need consent from a parent or legal guardian.
Arkansas has dozens of inherited food dishes or entrees that are commonly prepared and eaten by Arkansans and even shared around the world, but none bear a name associated with Arkansas or a city/municipality within its borders.
Jason Irby, author of My Arkansas, My Home, a publication from his Love Within Life series, has spearheaded and designed a contest which will discover and designate an official Arkansas Signature Food Dish or entrée.
The winning contestant is expected to receive $1,000 in prize money. There will also be second and third place winners.
Arkansas Signature Food Dish Contest – Official Rules
The Arkansas Signature Food Dish Contest spearheaded by the Jason Irby INNOVATION FOUNDATION (JIIF) is open to the public. Anyone is eligible to be a contestant and may submit one recipe per entry. Contestants under age 18 will need consent from a parent or legal guardian. Contestants must submit a typed recipe of the original dish including the dish name and cooking instructions. The food dish must pertain an entrée native to Arkansas. For example, seafood, arctic, tropical, etc., are not appropriate.
The name of the original dish must include “Arkansas” or a city or municipality within Arkansas.
The 2016 Women’s History Month Observance was an awesome event. Author Jason Irby was joined by a dynamic and multi-dimensional panel of distinguished women. The panelists presented warm, yet direct dialogue and freely discussed both professional and personal aspects of their lives and contributions of women in history.
“The panelists and audience embraced each other’s passion, faith and energy which created a feeling of a family-style atmosphere,” Irby stated.
The Panel was divided into two groups. Six women were presenting panelists including:
After awarding 5 recipients as “Legend Among Us” before an enthusiastic audience at the Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month, author Jason Irby announced his pledging of the first $500.00 to establish a contest that would create a signature Arkansas food dish.
Irby is an author, and founding chairman of Jason IRBY INNOVATION Foundation (JIIF). Secretary/Treasurer, Tiffaney Lewis also pledged a matching $500.00 in prize money.
Irby first revealed the initiative to establish a the Arkansas Signature Food Dish Contest after reading IT’S OFFICIAL! The Real Stories Behind Arkansas’s State Symbols, by Arkansas Capital Historian David Ware.
Irby then began looking closer into the matter.
Join Author JASON IRBY for Women’s History Month Observance on March 19, 2016, 10:00 a.m., at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center located at 4800 W 10th Little Rock, Arkansas 72204.
Women’s History Month Observance is an recognition of the National Women’s History Project celebrating the historical contributions of women. The national 2016 theme is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.” This year’s event is hosted by Jason Irby and focuses specifically on the accomplishments of Arkansas women and women around the globe.
Panelists for this event include:
Join author Jason Irby for the Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month on February 27, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center located at 4800 W. 10th Street in Little Rock, Arkansas. There will be a dynamic lineup of presenters from around the state, including: