The City of Conway will host its Arbor Day celebration Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in Laurel Park (across from Conway High School). More than 500 attended last year’s event, and several hundred trees were adopted. Sponsored by the Conway Tree Board, the event is being underwritten by Conway Corporation.

"As always, there will be lots of free family-friendly fun," said Tree Board member Ouida Wright. "We’ll have the perennial favorites-- bounce houses, free hotdogs, art display, face-painting, crafts and prizes and some added treats this year." Wright said the Arkansas Forestry Commission will also be on hand to provide tree-related information and Smokey Bear plans to come and attendees may have their photo taken with him

The Ida Burns Elementary Scat Cats, directed by Bart Dooley, will sing. Conway Mayor Tab Townsell will recognize winners among the local public school students participating in the Arbor Day Young Artists Award contest, and the students’ winning artwork will be on display at the park gazebo. Following the event, the artwork will be exhibited in City Hall during the holiday season and will be posted on the Tree Board’s website at www.conwaytrees.org.

Wright said the Conway Tree Board is especially grateful to Conway Corporation. "Its loyal financial support has made the Arbor Day Celebration possible for the past three years. Its efforts helped to establish Conway as a Tree City USA and it has demonstrated a continuing interest in promoting thoughtful management of the city’s urban forestry resources."

Other event sponsors include the Faulkner County Master Gardeners, Central Events, Inc., Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas, City of Conway Parks and Recreation, Planning & Development and Sanitation Departments, Faulkner County Farm Bureau, Conway FFA, Conway Public Schools, Arkansas Forestry Commission, Conway Downtown Partnership, Faulkner County Extension Office, Conway Copies and Crain Automotive Team.

Conway High School agriculture teacher Randy Romeo said his students are currently working to inventory the trees that will be available for adoption to participants the day of the celebration. Among the available mix are oaks, ash, cypress and others.

For more information on the Arbor Day celebration or the Conway Tree Board, visit www.conwaytrees.org.