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A New American Town - Bentonville, Arkansas

Author: Visit Bentonville

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Our towns are the heart of America. Some say that they’re gone, moved on, or simply faded away. But there’s a new American town on the map. It’s a town with a big heart and even bigger ambition. A town where modern progress meets rich history, where the arts meet innovation, and where companies meet communities. A town you can explore with all of your senses: from fresh air in the Ozarks, to fresh cuisine on your plate. That town is Bentonville, Arkansas. A town to visit, to see, to breathe, and to discover
41 Episodes
Oz Trails

Oz Trails


Have you ever wondered what Oz Trails in Northwest Arkansas is all about? Get an inside peek with JT Geren from the Oz Trails team. He joins the New American Town podcast to talk about the impact of trails on the Bentonville community through economic development, how it positively impacts tourism, upcoming bike events in the region, and the OZ Trails investment in the next generation of cyclists. A must-listen for bike enthusiasts! 
Bentonville & Beer! A perfect combination that = Mountain Biking Capital of the World.  Join Bradly Riggs (Bike Rack Brewing) and Katie Boykin (Bentonville Brewery) as they share how their breweries got started in Bentonville, fun events that everyone can enjoy when visiting their locations, and of course - their favorite beer! Pull up a stool and enjoy this latest episode of a New American Town podcast! 
This exciting new episode features Josh Brown, the creator of the Beachbilly Lifestyle TV show, and Nashville, TN songwriter, Kyle Coulahan. They both sit down with Aaron Mullins, Director of Communications and Marketing for Visit Bentonville, to talk about the reality TV show they're filming in Bentonville, how the Beachbilly Lifestyle got started, and why they love promoting our city as a premier destination for Beachbilly's around the world!   
Visit Bentonville is excited to announce three new members to their team!Emilie graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2010 with a BA in Hospitality Management. In 2013, she was promoted to Event Services Manager where she took on the role of supervising the logistical event operations team at the Arkansas Union. For her dedication to campus events in 2019, she was awarded the Association of College Unions Region II Outstanding Professional Award. As Tourism Services Manager, she aims to promote Bentonville as the ideal destination for group tours, weddings, and reunions.Dax graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2019 with a BS in Business Management. He grew up in Bentonville, AR, and was active in football, baseball, and basketball throughout his time as a student at Bentonville High School. Sports remain his passion to this day. Dax enjoys finding new sports to play and compete in, including Spikeball, CrossFit, Volleyball. He wants you to know that his goal is to share his passion for sports and Bentonville with the entire world!Stevie joins Visit Bentonville with three years of marketing experience in tourism and economic development in Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas. As the new Graphic Design & Digital Manager, Stevie will contribute to marketing and communications efforts including social media and blogs, photo and video production, e-newsletters, and website management.
Jill Kintner joins us in the studio to share her story and why she's in Bentonville this week for the first-ever Red Bull First Ride!Jill is one of the most accomplished female athletes on two wheels. Paired with her work ethic and creativity, she has prevailed in 6 cycling disciplines. Starting with BMX and turning pro by age 14, Jill set herself apart at the highest level and then made a lateral shift at age 21 to try her hand at mountain biking. Competing in 4-Cross, Slalom, then Downhill, Pumptrack, and Enduro, her career highlights could stand alone in any one discipline. Still, Jill has risen to the top in all that she has entered. From a BMX Bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic games, three consecutive UCI 4X Mountain Bike World Championships, 15 World Cup wins, 5 Crankworx World titles, Downhill World Cup podiums, Slalom dominance, Pumptrack World titles, EWS Enduro stage wins, and an outstanding 25 Elite USA National Championships across them all.Jill is in Bentonville, AR this week for the first-ever Red Bull First Ride (Aug 7-8, 2021), a women's only EMTB clinic where Jill will personally share new techniques on and off the bike with two full days of EMTB focused clinics, including personal instruction on Bentonville's OZ Trail network.FIND TICKETS HERE! 
It's summertime, which means live music in Bentonville, AR! Check out this episode with Moira Anderson, Associate Director of Public Programs for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, as she shares the latest and greatest for the July 2021 - Forest Concert Series! Moria is joined by Graham Weber, Program Director for the House of Songs, as well as House of Songs musician Dylan Earl, who will close out the Forest Concert Series season at the end of July 2021. A great conversation you won't want to miss! 
You won't want to miss this chat with Layne Hyatt and Lucie Patton from the Peel Compton Foundation, where you will hear inside tips on their properties Compton Gardens, Coler Mountain Bike Preserve, Osage Park, and so much more! A must listen before you plan your next trip! 
Recently, Rahsaan Bahati and Eliot Jackson visited Bentonville, Arkansas to ride our trails, visit with community leaders from Bike NWA and Bike POC on diversity and inclusion initiatives, and explore everything our city has to offer both on and off the trails.  While in town, they set down with Visit Bentonville's Aimee Ross, the Director of Bike Bentonville, for a high-energy chat you won't want to miss!  Rahsaan Bahati is a 10-time national champion, the social impact manager at Zwift, and the founder of the Bahati Foundation. The Bahati Foundation offers various outreach programs which engage students with the sport of cycling while exposing them to STEM and STREAM educational opportunities. Eliot Jackson is a former World Cup Downhill Mountain Bike Racer, Presenter for Red Bull TV, an entrepreneur, and Chairman of Grow Cycling Foundation. Grow Cycling Foundation focuses on promoting education, access, and opportunities that increase diversity and inclusion in cycling. 
You won't want to miss our latest episode with professional mountain bikers Ryan Petry and  Alexey Vermeulen from Colorado!  Ryan and Alexey recently visited Bentonville to ride Oz Trails NWA and experience everything we have to offer throughout the city. Take a listen to hear about how they got into cycling, why they consider the Mountain Biking Capital of the World to be so special, and some of the exciting bike projects they're working on! 
Recently, Visit Bentonville's, Director of Bike Bentonville, Aimee Ross had the opportunity to sit down with Kenny Belaey, Founder of Bentonville Bike Fest, and one of the biggest names in today's bike scene, to discuss this year's exciting event as part of our New American Town podcast series! As part of the conversation, Kenny was joined by: Hans Rey, Mountain bike Hall of Famer & Founder of Wheels 4 LifeAnneke Beerten, 3x Mountain bike & 2x BMX World Champion and Professional Cycling CoachCrystal Anthony, Liv Racing Collective team member, and Professional Cycling Coach Jessy Heard, Local Event Manager Bentonville Bike Fest Don't miss this episode and register today! 
Don't miss our latest interview with Steve Johnson and Chip Gibbons from Bentonville's Thaden Field!  Learn about the history of the airport, their concept of making aviation accessible for everyone, and all of the NEW and EXCITING things happening this year that you won't want to miss! 
Listen to this brand new conversation with Emily Neuman, Senior Communications Manager for the Momentary! During the podcast, Emily shares the latest Winter/Spring visual art exhibitions you can enjoy, from Sarah Cain: In Nature, to Diana Al-Hadid: Ash in the Trade Winds and Derrick Adams: Sanctuary.  Emily also shares exciting news about other Momentary events coming up later in 2021!
Meet Jeremy McGhee.  Years ago, after a near-fatal car crash took away the use of his legs, Jeremy became the first paraplegic in 2012 to climb and descend Bloody Couloir, a major backcountry ski route in the Eastern Sierras, all with only the use of his arms. Today, he's an active and vocal advocate committed to pioneering trails for adaptive mountain bike riders and disabled athletes with his own YouTube series, called the UNPavement, which documents all his adventures. Jeremy set down with Nat Ross, Bentonville resident and Mountain Bike Hall of Famer, to talk about his recent adventure in Bentonville, Arkansas, the Mountain Biking Capital of the World. 
Join Visit Bentonville's Director of Communications & Marketing, Aaron Mullins, as he interviews Beth Bobbitt,  Public Relations Director for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Beth shares the latest and greatest from the museum, talks about the latest exhibit, Crafting America, and shares some of the exciting events everyone can plan for in 2021. 
Join Visit Bentonville's Aimee Ross (Director of Bike Bentonville) as she chats with the Women of Oz Chairwoman, Allyson de la Houssaye, and board member Ashley O'Reilly, about the wide range of cycling experiences for everyone in the Mountain Biking Capital of the World. 
Welcome to 2021!

Welcome to 2021!


Recently, Kalene Griffith, President of Visit Bentonville, set down with Amanda Khanga, Sales Director, and Aaron Mullins, Director of Communications & Marketing, to talk about the challenges of 2020 and what visitors can expect when they make plans to visit the Mountain Biking Capital of the World. 
In 1986 a movie called Rad was released, starring Bill Allen as Cru Jones, a young BMX aggressive racer.  To put it mildly, the movie became a cult classic, especially with BMXers, and is still a huge fan favorite today. Fast forward to 2020, when mountain bike influencer and producer Bradon Bringhurst, decided to recreate several scenes from Rad as a tribute to the movie. He was looking for the perfect location - and what better place than Bentonville, the Mountain Bike Capital of the World. Hosted by Bentonville's very own Nat Ross, MTB Hall of Famer, listen to a one of a kind episode with the movie's star, Bill Allen, who joins Braydon to talk about the "RAD" tribute project and their adventures in Northwest Arkansas. 
Recently, Visit Bentonville and Bike Bentonville had the privilege to sit down with Terry Adams in Bentonville, Arkansas.  In celebration of outdoor exploration during these unprecedented times, Terry visited Arkansas and teamed up with world-renowned BMX street rider, Corey Martinez, and photographer, Jeff Rose to capture this once-a-year moment – when the Harvest Moon rises above the forest and scenic Ozark Mountains. For this trip, Terry went out of his element to bring the flair of Flatland BMX to the Northwest Arkansas wilderness, executing tricks in this new setting, And of course, while in the area, Terry couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit Bentonville, Arkansas - the Mountain Biking Capital of the World! Terry and team were able to utilize the beautiful Sunset Point at Mount Nebo State Park for the shoot. The park is home to an Arkansas State Park Monument Trail, considered some of the best mountain biking trails in a state full of fantastic trails.  Listen to the full interview here!
Tune in to hear the latest and greatest about the Momentary, Bentonville's newest contemporary art space! Join us beginning September 12th to experience Nick Cave: Until. This exhibition will question gender, race, and violence—in particular, gun violence—in America.
AmericanaFest 2020

AmericanaFest 2020


AmericanaFest 2020 kicks off September 16-18th! In advance, check out our latest podcast with Graham Weber, Director of Programing for House of songs, as he talks about the festival this year and the growing NWA music culture. Find out more about the Visit Bentonville collaboration with other NWA cities as part of the exclusive online event that will showcase music performances from emerging Northwest Arkansas artists along with highlights from Bentonville community partners like the House of Songs! Tickets on sale now HERE!
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