Metal Detecting and Ice Cream: Arrow Rock hosts two cool events Sept. 1

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Chadwick and Jackalyn Oldham will be the presenters at the First Saturday Lecture meeting Saturday, Sept. 1, in Arrow Rock.
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ARROW ROCK — Arrow Rock kicks off Labor Day weekend with two entertaining events.

On Saturday, Sept. 1, Friends of Arrow Rock hosts its monthly First Saturday Lecture. Professional metal detectors Chadwick and Jackalyn Oldham are this month’s presenters at the free program that takes place at 10 a.m. at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center. Although metal detecting is not allowed on state-owned properties in Arrow Rock, the Oldhams have received special permission from the Friends of Arrow Rock and private property owners to search for lost treasures.

The Oldhams are passionate about their search for historic artifacts, but they aren’t in it for money. In fact, they turn over all the artifacts they find to the property owner. During their talk, they’ll show off photos of their favorite finds from previous digs in Arrow Rock and other places. Artifacts from their Arrow Rock explorations will also be on display. After a brief presentation and Q&A, they’ll lead attendees to a nearby Friends of Arrow Rock property for hands-on demonstrations with cutting-edge metal detecting equipment.

At 2 p.m. that same day, the village hosts its annual Ice Cream Freeze-Off. This tasty event takes place on the lawn of the J. Huston Tavern at the corner of Fourth and Main streets. A nominal admission fee buys you the opportunity to sample this year’s Ice Cream Freeze-Off entries and vote for your favorite. After that delicious duty is done, there’s a heaping helping of homemade cake and more ice cream awaiting all who attend. Proceeds from this event benefit the Experience Arrow Rock tourism committee, which produces the town’s promotional literature and plans many of its events.

Arrow Rock is located 14 miles north of Interstate 70 at exits 89 or 98 on U.S. Highway 41. Learn more about the village and upcoming events at or

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