Northwest Arkansas Times, April 22, 1965, Page 31

Northwest Arkansas Times

April 22, 1965

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Northwest Arkansas Times (Newspaper) - April 22, 1965, Fayetteville, Arkansas NOITHWKT AMCANSA8 TIMIS, Foytfttvlfe, ArhiitMN, Thursday AprH 32, IMS allan gilbert jr. Springdale is somewhere in the neighborhood of popu- lation, and growing at a rate of about per year. That would boost the city into the class by 1970 if all goes well. and that's exactly what Springdale has in mind. A few years ago Springdale was the third fastest growing city in Arkansas. Today it is the second fastest. It wouldn't be too prudent to bet that it doesn't become first one of these days. (West Memphis now holds the No. 1 label.) Springdale's energy is one of the few things that exceed her ambition. And these days, with a leadership that combines the best of both youth and experience, Springdale looms tall in the scheme of things for Northwest Arkansas' future. says Hilton Lewis, the energetic young manager of the Springdale Chamber of Commerce, "is a nebulous sort of thing. But we think it will be our next big basis for the area's economy." With one eye on tourism and the other on Beaver Lake, the Springdale Chamber is laying plans to "stimulate" greater local interest in development and promotion of Beaver facilities through private enterprise. "We need to have facilities that will satisfy the needs of the entire family, not just Mom and says Lewis. He indicates the Springdale thinking is all- inclusive with the goal being to provide a comprehensive head- quarters for persons using Beaver Lake. Rogers and Eureka Springs, both closer to the main part of the lake, will offer stiff competition to Springdale's bid for the tourist trade. Springdale is just betting it can do a good enough job to win its fair share of the bonanza. In a relative way Fay- etteville appears to be content to wait and see. In contrast to the attitude in the Fayetteville business com- munity toward the prospects of an economic lift from Beaver Lake, there is great excitement over the lake in both Spring- dale and Rogers. The lake is up; marinas are open; and tour- ists are already appearing with a few dollars in hand wanting to know where the fish are biting best. At the moment it ap- pears to be a contest between Springdale, Rogers, and perhaps Eureka Springs, for the bulk of the business. Springdale has other fish to fry, however. One sign of an encroaching maturity is the constant com- plaint of her citizens about the poor state of repair of the city streets. Springdale, like all Arkansas cities, has a difficult time making ends meet. Like a lot of other Arkansas cities, too, she is near the end of her bonding rope. In spite of this (or perhaps because of it) Springdale has new and modem facilities for its school students, its municipal offices, its fire department, its library books and its recreational program for youth. It has a new four-lane highway through town and a host of new busi- nesses and buildings. It also has a new Chamber headquarters. Springdale's school system is a bit larger than Fayetteville's, and already, despite a nearly continual building program, is In need of a new junior high and more room at the high school. Contributing partly to the school growth is the fact that Springdale has fewer retired people than other Northwest Ar- kansas cities. There are students attending school at Springdale and the annual growth rate is 7 per cent. This is double the national rate. The median age of Springdale's resi- dents is 28.6, according to Chamber figures, which explains where the children come from. Evidence that "planned parenthood" may have taken hold in Springdale is far from established, Chamber manager Lewis admits, but he points to the fact that the birth rate in Spring- dale is down almost 20 per cent the past year. (While this could stunt the population growth, the overall aspects of the trend are favorable according to the official Chamber viewpoint.) Lewis says that the sale of oral contraceptives has been large, according to local druggists. When you talk about Springdale, you also must talk about chickens and the Rodeo of the Ozarks. While the former repre- sents the area's biggest business, it is BUSINESS. The Rodeo of the Ozarks is more like fun and frolic. "Our trip to Cheyenne, Wyo., last year opened up a lot of says Chamberman Lewis. "The Frontier Days Rodeo out there isn't any better than ours, and it doesn't net much more money. But the atmosphere that surrounds their event makes all the difference in the world. The costumes and decor- ations and promotion are what attract the people to Cheyenne, With the example of Cheyenne fresh in mind Springdale has plans for a bigger and better Rodeo of the Ozarks for 1965. The golf tournament will be held, renamed "Butterfield Days Golf Tournament." Merchants will be encouraged (even urged) to costume at least two members of their staff in Western garb. Ozark Downs, a fully equipped quarterhorse race track near Sonora, will stage events, and chuck wagon feeds, square dancing, parades, etc., will be more opulent. Atmosphere is the design and the prospects are that rather than allow its rodeo to die on the vine (as rodeos throughout the country have; Springdale's was onejjtjfc very few to show a profit last Springdale will corrtPfip with one of the finest such events in the nation. Partly through a sense of responsibility (they wouldn't mind passing the honor around) Springdale will again host this year's Poultry Festival. 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