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34 J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 7 tricks in an intimate setting. And the area's tourism commu- nity has developed a new expe- rience for tours that includes a dinner experience at Castle Rogue's Manor just outside the city. "It's a replica of a medieval castle on the banks of Table Rock Lake," Pryor said. "You can do a tour of the castle and the gatekeeper's cottage, and then have a catered dinner there. It's a complete evening event." FORT SMITH'S FRONTIER JUSTICE e story of Fort Smith is a colorful tale of frontier justice and the characters that inhab- ited the expanding territory of America in the 1800s. At the southern end of the region, the city grew up around the fort of the same name, which was es- tablished in 1817 as a govern- ment outpost in what was then the Wild West. and groups can experience the wonders of this large-scale pro- duction in a variety of ways. " e Great Passion Play now has a behind-the-scenes walk- ing tour," said Karen Pryor, director of sales at the Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission. "It's pretty interesting. I try to get my groups to see the play be- fore they take the tour because if they take the tour fi rst, they will see how some of the spe- cial eff ects work and then will be expecting them during the performance." e Christ of the Ozarks statue, which sits on the grounds of the Great Passion Play overlooking the city, cel- ebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016 and has undergone a top- to-bottom restoration. Groups that enjoy shows also make time to take in a per- formance at Intrigue eatre, where a couple performs opti- cal illusions and brain-teasing Downtown Eureka Springs Courtesy Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Courtesy The Great Passion Play The Great Passion Play Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

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