October Features Fun, Family-Friendly Festivals in the Arkansas Delta

October is a great month to get out and enjoy festivals and events in the Arkansas Delta. 

Brinkley celebrates autumn with the 29th annual Brinkley Fall Fest on Oct. 5-6. Friday night’s activities include mini tractor pulls and dinner at Greenlee Park. On Saturday, head to the town’s downtown at 10 a.m. for a day of games, music, food and fun for all ages. To learn more, visit www.BrinkleyChamber.com or contact the Brinkley Chamber of Commerce at 870-734-2262.

Lake Poinsett State Park in Harrisburg offers a day of family fun during the park’s annual Fall Celebration on Oct. 6. The event offers live music, hayrides, food, games, activities and interpretive programs throughout the day. The cost is $5 per vehicle. Contact the park at 870-578-2064 for more information.

Fall Fest in Pine Bluff on Oct. 6 marks the closing of the community’s farmer market. The event also features a sweet potato pie contest. Throughout the day, there will be cooking demonstrations, music and activities for children. Events take place at Saracen Landing. Log on to www.SaracenLanding.com or phone 870-536-0920 for details.

Lepanto is the site for the 82nd annual Terrapin Derby Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6. The day kicks-off with a bean dinner at Stevens Square at 11 a.m. Other activities include an arts and crafts fair, live music, a parade, a carnival, a street dance and, of course, the infamous turtle race. Call 870-475-2900 for complete information.

The smell of “Q” will fill the air during the 2012 Downtown Jonesboro BBQ Festival on Oct. 6 in Jonesboro. Musical entertainment includes Arkansas’s own Lauren Gray (a former American Idol contestant) and Southern rockers 38 Special. Check out the entries in the Kansas City BBQ State Championship. Find more information at www.jonesboro.org/JonesboroBBQ/index.html or phone 870-336-7268.

The town of McGehee celebrates the 6th annual Owlfest on Oct. 12-13. The weekend features a 5K run/walk, a children’s area, two street dances, live music, an owl hoot contest, a motorcycle show, arts and crafts, and great food. Log on to www.McGeheeChamber.com or call 870-222-4451 for details.

The 36th annual Arkansas Rice Festival is slated for Oct. 12-13 in Weiner. The festival promotes Arkansas’s rice industry, the state’s top agricultural export, and celebrates the harvest season. The event includes a variety of activities, including a car show, the rice cook-off, a parade, youth duck calling contest and clinic, the “ricest yard in town” contest, a truck and tractor pull, a weiner dog race, karaoke, and art and photography contests for youth and adults. Visit www.ArkansasRiceFestival.com or phone 870-919-0726 for more information.

Crossett is the location for the 34th annual Wiggins Cabin Festival on Oct. 13. The event offers arts and crafts, games for kids, live entertainment, a variety of food and a 5K/1-mile walk. To find out more information, visit www.WigginsCabinFestival.com or call 870-364-3648.

Downtown Paragould hosts the 2nd annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 13. The “fall festival with a German flair” offers arts and crafts, music, a dog parade, the “Running of the Wieners” dog race, and a variety of vendors. The Northeast Arkansas Volks-Folks hosts the 12th annual VW Car Show. Find out more by calling 870-240-0544.

Plan for a day of family fun during the 16th annual Lake Chicot Fall Festival in Lake Village on Oct. 19-20. You’ll find free games for the kids, a dog show, a carnival, a variety of merchant booths, live entertainment, a homemade scarecrow contest, a painted pumpkin contest, a car show, and a barbecue cooking contest (for a small fee, you can taste the entries!). All activities will be held along Main Street and the Courthouse. Log on to www.LakeVillageChamber.org or phone 870-265-5997 for more information.

Experience the history of Arkansas Post during the 18th annual Ghosts of the Past on Oct. 20 at Arkansas Post National Memorial in Gillett. The guided walk takes visitors throughout the grounds, where reenactors portray events from the exploration and settlement of Arkansas Post, Colbert’s Raid and the Civil War. Tours last approximately one hour and reservations are strongly recommended. Call 870-548-2207 for details.

The 36th annual Grand Prairie Rice Festival is scheduled for Oct. 27 in the city park in Hazen. The festival celebrates the community’s farming heritage and features an antique farm equipment parade and show, a quilt show, special activities for kids, food vendors, and a mini-tractor pull. For more information, phone 870-255-3042.

October is full of fun and exciting things to do! Get out and explore The Natural State!

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