Festivals, Live Theater and Museums Abound in Rogers

By Anne Gillem on May 4, 2011 at 7:39 pm EST


To take advantage of all that Rogers has to offer for arts lovers, it might be helpful to have a pair of good walking shoes, a healthy appetite and an appreciation for music and theater. And that’s just for starters.

History is an important component of many of the festivals, museums and theater in Rogers – preserving and honoring the area’s rich legacy while enriching the lives of 21st-century residents.

Hosted by Main Street Rogers, the annual Frisco Festival, which celebrates its 25th year in 2009, brings entertainment for people of all ages to the historic district. In addition to the shows, a highlight of the two-day event is competitions, including the Chilisalsapeno Competition, the Great Frisco Cardboard Train Races and the Ugly Pickup Contest. The festival is named for the Frisco Railroad that arrived in Rogers in 1881 and set the stage for the city’s development.

Rogers Little Theater is another staple in the community, staging musicals, plays, children’s shows and dinner theater in the historic Victory Theater downtown, which was the first movie theater in the region, opening in 1927. The RLT theater group was formed in 1986 and made the Victory its home in 2001 after buying the building and renovating it.

Also downtown is Poor Richard’s Art Gallery, Gifts & Confectionary housed in the historic J.E. Applegate Drug Store building. Poor Richard’s showcases a wide variety of art. The Rogers Historical Museum is progressing with plans for a new wing, and the proud history of the Daisy airgun, produced in Rogers since 1958, is told at the Daisy Airgun Museum.

One of the newest celebrations in Rogers is the Pinnacle Hills Art Festival and Taste of Rogers, in its second year in 2008. Located at the new Pinnacle Hills Promenade, the September event pairs music and a juried art show with samples of special dishes from area restaurants and food producers.

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