A September to Remember in the Arkansas Delta

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer in The Natural State. In September, there are a myriad of merry activities offering fun in the sun for everyone!

Since 1941, Rector has hosted its Labor Day Picnic, a fun event that draws visitors from throughout the region. This year’s event on Sept. 4-7 features multiple concerts, a 5k run/walk, a two-day rodeo, a classic car show, carnival rides for the kids and delicious barbecue. On Monday, Sept. 7, it’s the highlight of the event – the parade and picnic. 

In September 1964, four young men from Liverpool landed at the Walnut Ridge airport to be transported to a nearby vacation spot, with a planned return to the plane two days later. The schedule was to be kept secret, but word leaked out, and when the Fab Four returned to Walnut Ridge on Sunday, most of the town was waiting. The community commemorates that visit with the Beatles at the Ridge Music Festival. This year’s event is slated for Sept. 18-19. Activities include the Beatles Artists & Authors Symposium at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, followed by musical entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday is chock-full of fun and features three stages of live entertainment, over 100 vendors, great food, arts and crafts, and activities in the Octopus Garden for the kids. 

Experience life as our forefathers lived at the 5th annual Sorghum Fest at Poor Boy’s Garden in Caraway on Sept. 19. The event features demonstrations of harvesting, squeezing and cooking of sorghum. Visitors will also enjoy an antique tractor display, breaking ground with mules and antique plows, horse and buggy rides, barbecue and games for the kids. Live bluegrass music, featuring the Buffalo City Ramblers, is also on tap. Grab the family, a few lawn chairs and head to Caraway for a day of fun. 

Maynard hosts the 39th annual Maynard Pioneer Days on Sept. 17-19. Held at the Maynard Pioneer Park, the event features entertainment, live music, a fundraising auction, a parade and festivities. Make sure and stop by the Pioneer Museum for a glimpse of life during the late 1800s.