Bentonville, Arkansas may not ring a bell for most people, but this weekend the town hosted a major, new music, art and technology festival: FORMAT. It shouldn’t be a surprise. Bentonville is the home of Walmart and, over the past ten years, the Walton family has done their utmost to invest in the rapidly growing region, from paving mountain biking trails to setting up Crystal Bridges, a world-class art museum. Why not bring a music, arts, and tech festival to town?
Bentonville’s Yeyo’s El Alma de Mexico has landed on the New York Times 2022 Restaurant List, a compilation of 50 restaurants in America selected by food reporters, editors and critics from the New York Times as their favorites of 2022. Yeyo’s is the only Arkansas restaurant featured on this year’s list.
“Given the way that we are developing, and the progress we are making, I see the growth as a positive thing. I fully acknowledge that there are challenges, but I think our region is prepared to handle those in a responsible way.” ~Steuart Walton
Rhinestone cowboy boots stand alongside elegant Hollywood gowns and streetwear pieces at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s first ever fashion exhibition, Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour, which opens this weekend in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Not many people know about Farnborough, England, a town of about 58,000 a 30-minute train ride from London. But to those in the aerospace and defense industry, it’s an important city that hosts one of the largest global airshows every other year. According to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Arkansas employed around 8,276 people in aerospace and defense manufacturing as of 2021. And state aerospace and defense exports made up 20% of Arkansas’ total exports, with just over $1 billion in goods exported and just over 1% of the nation’s in 2020.