AMMP Motorsports Monster Mash welcomes guests with a pre-show pit party fit for the littlest of fans. Come ready to meet the drivers and see the action up close. The Barton Coliseum is home to this monster truck rally held during the days of the Arkansas State Fair.
Located in Southern Arkansas, the town of Little Rock is the perfect spot for taking an RV trip in the fall since it is not too hot or too cold. At the fairgrounds, there are also multiple campgrounds to choose from, many with full hookups including water, sewer, and 30- to 50-amp electric.
While at the fairground, you can also look to enjoy carnival rides, concerts, and mouth-watering food. There’s a petting zoo for the kids and beer trucks for the adults, as well as plenty of family-oriented fun to enjoy before or after the monster truck activities.
Some of the various facilities located in the fairground include the Equestrian Center, Arkansas Building, Farm & Ranch Building, Farm Bureau Arts & Crafts Building, Hall of Industry, and Barton Coliseum. Each of these has a variety of exhibits, activities, and displays to explore and enjoy.
That does not include the over 100 food and merchandise vendors on the fairgrounds for you to enjoy. Live entertainment in the past has included the Gin Blossoms, Oak Ridge Boys, Sawyer Brown, the Charlie Daniels Band, and Rick Springfield. All of the concerts are free with your gate admission.
AMMP Motorsports Monster Mash tickets range between $15 and $30 depending on the type and when you purchase them. Purchasing them in advance is good for a deal as well as making your entrance simpler. Tickets for the truck rally do not include fair entrance, so you may want to plan your days to accommodate events on separate days to maximize your time at the various events.
Tickets for the Arkansas State Fair can be bought in advance or at the gate. Prices in the past have been $10 on the day of entry or just less than that in advance. Children and seniors are typically about $5 or just under that in advance. Children under five are usually free. You can also buy All Day Ride Passes and Unlimited Ride Bands.
Right off US-70B, also seen as W. Roosevelt Road, just a short ride from I-630 to the north and I-30 to the south, you can find the Arkansas State Fairground in Little Rock. The Barton Coliseum, where the AMMP Motorsports Monster Mash is held, sits in the center of the fairground along Howard Street. Only 51 miles from Hot Springs National Park, 132 miles from Jonesboro, 160 miles from Fort Smith, and 193 miles from Fayetteville. The roads are made for even the largest rigs and trailers, so you should have no trouble at all getting around in your RV or motorhome.
The Arkansas State Fairgrounds has a ton of parking in seven different parking lots. However, if you do get there and they are full, there are other options. For example, the nearby State Capitol Government parking lots have been free in the past with RVs welcome. Some parking options may be very close and within walking distance to the Barton Coliseum and others may still be walkable but more of a trek at two or three miles in distance.
There are several options for public transportation to the fairgrounds. The Rally Bus picks up in many different areas around the Little Rock area for a small fee. The Arkansas State Capitol Government parking lots usually offer free shuttle service right to the fairgrounds gate on weekends. Guests can also use a taxi or cab service as well as a ride-sharing app.
For RVers, the Arkansas State Fair has about 200 campsites, some with full hookups, others with just electric and water, and a few with just electric. Motorists with larger rigs may want to call in advance to ensure that the onsite campground will accommodate their planned camping setup. Prices vary, and these are first-come, first-served, so get there early if you do plan to camp at the fairgrounds.
Located in Little Rock, you can find quite a few RV parks and campgrounds, some within walking distance to the fairgrounds. Many have full or partial hookups, and all of them have grills and picnic tables for cooking outdoors. Some even have pools, hot tubs, showers, cable television, Wi-Fi, playgrounds, dog parks, and free shuttle services.
The Arkansas State Fair does not provide any shuttle or tram service, so you will want to wear comfortable walking shoes. However, there are plenty of areas where you can sit and take a break and a picnic area to enjoy a meal or snack. Wheelchairs and strollers are allowed, but not other wheeled or motorized transportation.
Pack a variety of different clothes because the weather in Arkansas in early fall can range from a steamy 90 degrees to a frigid 40 degrees in the course of 24 hours. It is best to bring a little bit of everything like tees, tanks, shorts, jeans, and a jacket so you are prepared for anything in October.
The Arkansas State Fair encourages you to bring a backpack, bag, or fanny pack to carry needed items like wallets, phones, cameras, and whatever else you may need to enjoy your day. Personal items and convenience items like hairbrushes, makeup, and toiletries can be carried in a backpack as well. You may also want to bring cash in case it is needed if you wish to avoid ATM fees.
Be sure to bring a refillable water bottle so you can stay hydrated even if you plan to drink other beverages at the fair. You may also need sunscreen to keep from getting sunburned and bug spray to repel those hungry mosquitoes at night. A first aid kit is also a good idea, as well as any medications you may need.
Truck rally fans can enjoy a late-night meal after the Monster Mash by bringing a few campsite favorites. Even if the park or campground offers hookups, guests will still want to be prepared with a camp stove or charcoal in case outdoor cooking is permitted at the time you attend. There are grocery and convenience stores located within walking distance as well.
Hot wings, BBQ, tacos, and pizza are right around the corner if you get tired of carnival food. The City of Little Rock has some fantastic places to eat, whether you want a steak dinner or a fast-food burger. With cafeterias, lounges, cafes, and bar and grill eateries, you will be able to find whatever you are hungry for and then some.
When you attend the AMMP Motorsports Monster Mash, the surrounding Arkansas State Fair can provide you with a plethora of food choices. Previous vendors at the fair have included many varieties of cuisine from corn dogs to popcorn. Some past food vendors have included State Fair Funnel Cakes, Swain’s Pizza on a Stick, Dippin’ Dots, Gold’s Boss Hogg BBQ, SW Chris Corn Dogs, Coke Express, the Chocolate Kettle, and many more.
The Arkansas State Fair not only provides security officers patrolling the grounds, security offices, and a police presence but also an actual police department office right on the grounds by the main gate off of Roosevelt Road. Whether you need assistance, have a question, or see something or someone suspicious, security is nearby to help. However, if you have an emergency and do not see anyone around, call 911. The Barton Coliseum may have additional screening or security measures upon entering the AMMP Motorsports Monster Mash.
Little Rock in October can be a mystery as far as weather goes, so the best thing to do is to check the forecast right before you pack. The average temperatures in early October range from highs in the 80s and 90s to lows in the 40s. It may rain on any day in October, and it has even been known to snow, but that is very rare.
If you get hurt or need medical attention, there is a first aid station by the north entrance next to the police station and petting zoo in the carnival area. The closest hospital to the fairgrounds is the University of Arkansas Medical on West Markham, just 3.5 miles to the north.