Chamber Events

The Dardanelle Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) hosts a multitude of events to help enhance and grow all sectors of business throughout the area of Dardanelle. We have the perfect events to meet all of your business needs while having a great time!

Board Meetings

DACC Board meets the second Wednesday of the Month, at 11 AM at the Dardanelle Community Center at 2011 State Hwy 22 in Dardanelle, AR.Chamber Members Luncheon
Chamber Members Luncheon is held the third Wednesday at 12/noon at Tarasco’s Restaurant located on Front St. in Dardanelle. Lunch is a Dutch treat, this a casual setting. A Guest Speaker will inform you of relevant business topics, local government changes or a local Benefit for our Community. Luncheons are a great time to Build relationships, swap ideas, get solutions or give advice.

Community Movies

Community movies are used to inspire community unity. Provide evening entertainment for youth. Produce excitement for the entire family and add value to annual community events. Share your love for movies. Area businesses, Civic organizations and local Churches team up to sponsor Community movies at different locations around our community. Events included with the movie vary depending on location and time of year. Contact the Chamber to be a sponsor. 479-229- 3328

Networking Events
To be announced.


Annual Chamber Banquet

The Annual Chamber Banquet is celebrated every January at the Dardanelle Community Center on Hwy 22. DACC recognizes how hard our members work to better the City of Dardanelle and surrounding areas. Those recognized are Citizen of the Year, Chamber Member of the Year, President’s Choice, the Scholarship recipient and Yell County Farm Family of the Year. Guest speakers vary, but the food is always guaranteed to be tasty and delicious.


Cheese Festival

Yell County Wildlife Federation Building, on Hwy 22, is a great match for our Cheese Festival celebration. After many conversations and rule discovery, we call our St Patrick’s Day Celebration, The Cheese Festival. Still, in its “Let’s get this Right” Phase, Statewide exhibitors are invited to serve samplings of their best sellers, in hopes to entice our locals to venture outside of Yell County and see what the Natural State has to offer. (Hint- There are over 52 wineries and breweries throughout the state.) Live music and games add to a fun swinging environment. You must be 21 or older to attend.

Free State of Yell

The Annual Free State of Yell Fest celebrates the heritage of our community, highlighting the immigrants that migrated to Dardanelle. With a long history of being one of the State’s leading immigration centers, which continues to this day, Dardanelle is proud of the Czechoslovakian, German and Hispanic populations that influence our Community.
Working with the Dardanelle Area Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, booster clubs, and civic organizations sponsor the carnival, entertainment and events including a 5K Run, Pancake Breakfast and Yelling Contest. Plans for this year also include a Civil War Reenactment.


Chocolate Festival

“Life is like a box of Chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”
Forrest Gump

A fundraiser for a local need in the community, especially when life doesn’t go as planned. Vendors offer unique chocolate creations along with traditional chocolate delights. A few examples: Chocolate chipotle popcorn, chocolate dipped strawberries, Grandma’s Fudge and chocolate gravy with Biscuits. This a Fun family atmosphere held at the Dardanelle Community Center, promoting local Businesses, nonprofits and civic organizations, the Chocolate festival is a perfect example of the heart of Dardanelle.


Back to School Breakfast

The first day back to school for Dardanelle School District employees, usually the Monday before students start, through the help of Chamber Members and Sponsorship, the Chamber Board cooks and serves breakfast for all employees. Employees enjoy winning door prizes, including tickets to the Mt Nebo Chicken Fry.



Mt Nebo Chicken Fry

“Chicken, Pickin and Politickin”. Celebrating the Poultry Industry in the Arkansas River Valley, Mt Nebo State Park has played host to the Mt Nebo Chicken Fry since 1948. Tyson’s award-winning cooks and Chamber volunteers prepare chicken strips, smoked chicken, and all the fixins. Folks are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and spend the day.
The Chicken Fry in its day was THE political event of the year. Politicians from all over the state came to enjoy the view, the chicken and win over the voters of Yell County.
After being moved to Veterans Riverfront Park for a number of years, in 2017 the Community proved that the Mt Nebo Chicken Fry belongs back atop Mt Nebo. With Over 2700 attending and 908 Chicken dinners served, the 70 th Annual Chicken Fry was a great success.  This year’s events include…

  • Chicken Fried 10k Run Up The Mountain
  • Log Sawing
  • Wood Splitting
  • Horseshoe Pitching Contest
  • Little Miss Pullet Contest
  • Little Mr. Roster Contest

Vendor Forms are available on the forms page.

  • Art Show/Auction
  • Chicken Scramble
  • Motorcycle Show
  • Kid’s Games
  • Duck Calling Contest
  • Arts & Crafts Vendors

Miss Mt Nebo Pageant

The Miss Mt. Nebo Pageant is a great opportunity for giving young ladies life skills. Learning how to present themselves when speaking in public, developing job interviewing skills while charming the other contestants in hopes of claiming Miss Congeniality. The Pageant day is divided with the morning consisting of Baby Miss, Toddler Miss, Tiny Miss, Lil Miss and Petite Miss. The evening pageant consists of Jr. Miss, Teen Miss, Miss and Mrs. New in 2018 our Mrs. Mt Nebo pageant will be a prelim for the Mrs. Arkansas America Pageant.


Christmas in Dardanelle

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!! Everywhere you go, take a look in the five-and- ten glistening once again, with candy canes and silver lanes aglow Working with the County, the City of Dardanelle, Area Businesses, Residents, and everyone in between, the Chamber organizes, Christmas in Dardanelle. Events include; Christmas tree
lighting ceremony, Christmas trees at the courthouse (sponsored by area businesses or in Memory of a loved one), Christmas Parade (the first Friday, following the first Thursday), Christmas lighting contest (Residential and Residential) Christmas movie at the Dardanelle Community Center. If you would like to be involved in spreading Christmas tree, contact the Chamber.