Celebrate 50 years of Crater of Diamonds State Park

This month, visitors to Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park are invited to celebrate the park’s golden anniversary on April 22-23.

At 4 p.m. on Friday, April 22, Retired Parks and Tourism Executive Director Richard Davies and Retired Park Superintendent Jim Cannon will speak about the early days of the park. Immediately after, the park will unveil a new exhibit on the 8.52-carat Esperanza Diamond, discovered at the park in June 2015. Participants may bring chairs or blankets to sit on during these activities.

On Saturday, April 23, the park will host its 26th annual Prospector Scavenger Hunt to discover painted bottles and stones hidden in the diamond search area, redeemable for a variety of prizes donated by area businesses. Park staff will also organize fun games during the day for visitors of all ages.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, park visitors can meet Crater Diamond diggers and view dozens of magnificent diamonds at the 14th Annual Crater Famous Diamond Show in the Diamond Discovery Center classroom. The following exhibitors and collections at this year’s event:

The Houran Diamond Collection – Private Collection
The Esperanza Diamond – Presented by Loyd Stanley, Retired Jeweler and Owner of Stanley Jewelers Gemologist, North Little Rock
Dawn Barnes – Daughter of longtime park visitors and diamond diggers Donald and Mollie Mayes, Springdale
Sam Jones – Crater regular diamond digger, Fayetteville
Kevin Kinard – Discoverer of the 9.04 carat Kinard Friendship Diamond, Maumelle
Scott Kreykes – Diamond Finder Regular Crater, Dierks
Kenny and Melissa Oliver – Discoverers of many Crater Diamonds including the 2.44 carat Silver Moon Diamond in March 2011, Rosston
Jason Rigdon – Regular park visitor and diamond seeker Crater, Freeburg, IL
Troy Savage – Regular Park Visitor and Diamond Seeker Crater, Antlers, OK
Louella Terrell – Crater Diamond Collector, Murfreesboro

All event activities are free with the purchase of an entry to the Diamond Hunt ($10 for ages 13 and up; $6 for ages 6-12; ages 5 and under are free ). For more information, contact Crater of Diamonds State Park at 870-285-3113 or email [email protected]

Sarah C. Figueiredo