Each holiday season, the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources’ Oil Field Park comes to life with the sights and sounds of the season. A variety of sparkling vignettes and holiday music delight the young and young at heart. Holiday Lights Extravaganza started in 2007 to commemorate a Union County tradition that took place in 1935 when a 13-year-old Smackover resident, Eddie Rouse, won a Christmas Decoration contest. He nailed two boards together making a cross and wired it up with lights. Eddie won that year and for several years to follow. After that, Eddie went on to become a Union County hero. He was star athlete, playing football for Smackover High School and Mississippi State University. When American entered WWII, Eddie joined General Patton’s Third Army of paratroopers. Sadly, he would not return from Europe; he was killed by sniper fire. Every year, Eddie’s mom put out Eddie’s Cross decoration to celebrate his life. For fifteen years, the museum is happy to carry on the celebration of Eddie Rouse and bring this Union County memory back to life each Holiday Season. The show has grown over the years to more 100,000 lights throughout the Oil Field Park. You are invited to come out and join the celebration. Holiday Lights Extravaganza will be every Friday and Saturday night starting November 18th and ending on December 17th, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The cost is $10 per carload and includes a walking tour, about a quarter mile long. It is an easy walk and wheelchair accessible. Inside, our OIL PATCH Gift Shop will be open for last minute unique holiday gift purchases; linger in the lobby to warm up with FREE hot chocolate.