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THERE ARE the obvious reasons—bright summer days on the lake and the Ozarks in the fall. There’s the people, our craftsmen and artists, our neighbors, family and friends. Our small towns and our big cities. The food and the football. But for all the years we’ve been putting together this list—this annual love letter to our state—there are always surprises. Because while some reasons are as glaringly obvious as a long Delta sunset, everyone sees the state with their own eyes. Everyone loves it in their own way. And on these pages, 10 of our fellow Arkansans share what makes them love The Natural State in their own words (and writing).


CLAIRE KOLBERG   CeDELL DAVIS   COURTNEY PLEDGER

DAN SCHEIMAN   ELIZA BORNÉ   JANIS KEARNEY

BRETT IHLER   OSCAR CASTAÑEDA   MEGHAN ABLES

 ANTOINE AJARRISTA   YOU!