Downtown Paragould is the setting for the 22nd annual Loose Caboose Festival through May 21. Live music, carnival rides, a 100K bike ride, vendors, a fish fry, a large children’s area and stage, an expanded arts and crafts area, a karaoke contest, and petting zoos are all scheduled. To learn more log on to www.LooseCaboose.net or phone 870-240-0544.
Downtown Tyronza serves as the backdrop for the 9th annual Stars and Stripes Festival on May 20-21. The festival features live music and a pageant on Friday evening. Saturday’s events include a parade, live music, games, and vendors and concludes with an evening street dance. For more information phone 870-487-2168.
If you’re a fan of crawfish, Dermott is absolutely the place to be as the town hosts the 28th annual Crawfish Festival on May 20-21. The two-day festival also features nightly live music, the Arkansas Game and Fish aquarium, a dog show, children’s rides, arts and crafts…. and crawfish! To find out more visit www.DermottCrawfishFestival.com or phone 870-538-5656.
The 2011 Tour de Hoot Bicycle Tour is slated for May 21 in McGehee. The bicycle tour, which benefits the McGehee Boys and Girls Club, offers routes ranging from 25 to 100 miles throughout southeast Arkansas. The event is known for great rest stops and delicious food. Log on to www.TourdeHoot.com or phone 870-222-8410 for all the details.
May 21 is the date for the 13th annual Piggott Heritage Park Car Show in Piggott. Check out hundreds of classic cars restored to their glory. Other festivities include live entertainment, classic car parade, games, and lots of food. For more information, contact the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce at 870-598-3167.
Arkansas Post National Memorial in Gillett hosts a Civil War Encampment on May 21. Also planned are signings of the book “The Chatfield Story: Civil War Letters and Diaries of Private Edward L. Chatfield of the 113th Illinois Volunteers.” Visit www.nps.gov/arpo or phone 870-548-2207 for details.