Fairfield Bay’s 50 Year Celebration on Saturday April 23, 2016

For 50 years, Fairfield Bay has offered a pristine lake, incredible Ozark Mountain views and a recreational lifestyle with all the amenities of a world-class resort without the crowd. Fairfield Bay will celebrate 50 years of the good life with a commemorative event on April 23rd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Conference and Visitor Center. Be part of this area’s inspiring 50 years; hear stories and reflections, see the town’s rising in photo and song, and smile at some unique and fun memorabilia for a city that shaped the adventures and mystique of beautiful Greers Ferry Lake. Meet some of our state’s top dignitaries, enjoy the music, champagne toast and save some time for a cruise around this Ozark Mountain Lake.

Building a recreational outdoor resort and retirement community was the dream of real-estate developer, C. Randolph Warner, Neil Simonson, and Jake Jacobus, and 50 years ago it became a reality. Fairfield Bay began with the purchase of 3,000 acres on the banks of the pristine Greers Ferry Lake. In January 1966, the marina was built and Fairfield Bay was well on its way to becoming one of most popular retirement communities in Arkansas. “As the community grew, we knew there was something special happening here at Fairfield Bay, ” said Dorothy Ball, a resident since 1978. “People came from across the state and across the country to make Fairfield Bay their home.”

In the early 70s, the marina was the center of most of the social activities in the community, including Arkansas’ first National Trail on Sugar Loaf Mountain – an island rising out of Greers Ferry Lake. And the city quickly grew from there with two premiere 18 hole golf courses, recreational areas and a tennis complex that boasts numerous USTA championships. The Conference Center was built in 1972, and become a popular visitor destination. Today, Fairfield Bay has twice been selected as a “City of Distinction”, heralded as the safest city in which to live and one of the most popular resorts in the state. Fairfield Bay has nine signature events each year, including a disc golf tournament in April; Bloomin’ in the Bay along with Blues & BBQ in the Bay in May; Surf the Bay in June; Fourth of July celebration; Boati Gras in August; Paddle Battle and BayFest in September; Oktoberfest along with Storyfest in October and Festival of Trees in December. Fairfield Bay continues to add new activities and destinations of interest, such as enhanced trails systems, recreation facilities, arts and entertainment culture – while never losing sight of what makes this charming community a place of peaceful days and happy memories all year long. “Come experience a piece of what we live each and every day,” says Mayor Paul Wellenberger. “I’ve got the best job around – and I can shout from one of our many mountain tops, ‘This is the Good Life’, and you can have that, too!”

To stay for the weekend at Fairfield Bay, an Ozark Mountain lake resort and community, call (501) 884-4202 for lodging information and a list of other fun things to do.

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Fairfield Bay’s 50 Year Celebration on Saturday April 23, 2016  Day of Activities

11-11:45 AM- Meet, Greet and Reminisce. KFFB 106.1 broadcasting live

11:45 – Ribbon cutting for new sign electronic sign in front of conference center- By Senator Irvin

12:00- Mayor Paul Wellenberger- Welcome

City Prayer Read by Rev. Hadley

Boy Scouts/Ladies VFW Auxiliary – Present Colors

Flags posted/Call to Arm

Pledge of Allegiance

National Anthem- By VBC Band under the direction of Dell Holt

Call of order of arms/ VFW Ladies March out

Rest of program by VBC Band ( about 15 minute program)

City Song- Presented by Sounds of Praise

Mayor Paul Wellenberger Main Address



Mayor Paul Wellenberger Read Governor’s Proclamation

2:00-2:30- Do group photo- To The Good Life

Serve Cupcakes, and drinks

3:00 PM Linda Pratt- Thank you

Closing remarks

At 4:00 pm we would like to invite everyone to join us at the marina for a ride on the Veterans Barge.