Bluegrass, Bullets and Barbeque aims to unite vets

Arkansas Tech University’s Service Members and Veterans of America (SMVA) will host its inaugural Bluegrass, Bullets and Barbeque from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 18 at Hidden Acres Farm, located at 411 Sims Hollow Road in Russellville.

For $5, participants can support the event with barbecued chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad cupcakes and more.

After the cost of the event is paid for, the SMVA will provide funds to local veteran support groups, Public Outreach Coordinator Vance Morris said.

“We’re trying to bring a light to the veterans around the state and recognize those veterans outside of the normal holidays, like Memorial Day or Veterans Day,” Morris said. “This is a celebration of our veterans and a way for all the groups to come together.”

In addition to music from area bluegrass bands and barbecue, the SMVA will host activities such as a climbing wall, two fishing ponds and a gun range. Local American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) members will join SMVA for the event.

“This will be a fun gathering and a way to recognize all the veterans in the community by coming out in support,” Morris said.
Prior to the event, the SMVA will participate in the Out of Darkness Campus Walk at 8 a.m. at Tech as an advocacy for suicide.

The SMVA was organized to provide military service members, veterans and individuals associated with the Armed Forces of any nationality the resource, support and advocacy within a social environment to promote success and stability needed for family, education and employment. Members must be affiliated with Tech.

For more information, contact Morris at (501) 681-8745 or

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Laura Bean managed The Arka Tech during the 2014-2015 academic year. As of June 2015, she is the managing editor of a weekly in northern Arkansas.