October means festivals and fall fun in the Arkansas Delta


Fall is in full swing…and in the Arkansas Delta that means great festivals and fun for the entire family.

One of the world’s most iconic blues events, the King Biscuit Blues Festival, takes place in historic Helena on Oct. 5-8. The festival routinely draws visitors from around the globe and spans 5 city blocks. Visitors can choose from six stages featuring more than 80 acts. In addition, there’s vendors, activities for the kids, great food and fun for the entire family. This year’s headliners include Sonny Landreth with special guest Roy Rogers, John Mayall and Charlie Musselwhite. For more information, log on to www.KingBiscuitFestival.com or phone 870-572-5223.

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In Trumann, it’s the 34th annual Wild Duck Festival on Oct. 7-8. The community festival features a carnival, midway vendors, a sanctioned barbecue contest, live music and more. For the youngsters, there’s a petting zoo, hayrides, and a scavenger hunt. The festival promises fun for the entire family. Visit www.TrumannChamber.org or call 870-483-5424 for details.

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The 40th Annual Arkansas Rice Festival takes place on Oct. 8 in Weiner. The festival celebrates the harvest and the rich heritage of rice farming in Arkansas. This year’s activities include a mini-tractor pull, lawnmower races, carnival rides, games, car and tractor shows, a rice cook-off, and the rice tasting lunch. To learn more, log on to www.ArkansasRiceFestival.com.

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In McGehee, it’s the 10th annual Owlfest on Oct. 14-15. The weekend is filled with fun and includes live music, crafts and food vendors, children’s carnival and fireworks. Don’t miss the Razorback tailgate party! Saturday night wraps up with a concert by Arkansas’s own Barret Baber. Visit www.McGeheeOwlfest.weebly.com or phone 870-222-4451 to learn more.

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Take some time this October to explore the Arkansas Delta!