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Posted 3/12/2013

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By Joe Harper


Join us at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 3 in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Greers Ferry Dam Dedication at the JFK Overlook in Heber Springs, Ark.  The dedication ceremony was one of President John F. Kennedy's last dedication and one of his final public appearances before he was assassinated in Dallas Nov. 22, 1963.

The Greers Ferry Project is vital to the region with an extensive history starting with the Oct. 3, 1963 dedication of the dam by President John F. Kennedy.  Greers Ferry Lake is consistently one of the Corps top three visited lakes in the nation for recreation with more than seven million visitors annually.  The dam accounts for more than $1 million in flood damage reductions each year, provides drinking water to more than 135,000 households, and generates electricity to local cooperatives with revenue of more than $7.3 million annually. 

A planning committee has been established and the current sponsors of the ceremony include: Army Corps of Engineers; Arkansas National Guard; Arkansas Parks and Tourism; Heber Springs Chamber of Commerce; Clinton Chamber of Commerce; Greers Ferry Chamber of Commerce; Fairfield Bay Chamber of Commerce; Greers Ferry Lake Little Red River Association;  Save Greers Ferry Lake, Inc; Arkansas State University – Heber Springs; Boy Scouts of America; Arkansas State Police and Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office.

Current exhibitors include: Army Corps of Engineers; Arkansas National Guard; Southwestern Power Administration; Arkansas Park and Tourism; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; GAR-BRO Engineering Services and the U.S. Postal Service.

This event is free and open to the public. Organizers encourage area schools to attend the celebration as many of the displays will be emphasizing education and the vibrant history of the Greers Ferry Dam.  

Additional information about the event can be found at:  http://www.swl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Lakes/GreersFerryLake/50thAnniversayofGreersFerryDam.aspx.  Follow our posting of photos on our Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/littlerockusace

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