This Weekend in the Arkansas Delta

Kimberly J. Williams
Welcome to June!! It’s going to be a BUSY, event-filled weekend in the Arkansas Delta!

Celebrate Des Arc’s river heritage during the 26th annual Steamboat Days on June 1-4! This year’s event features live entertainment on Friday and Saturday, a bass tournament, a talent show, a crawfish eating contest, activities just for kids, a car show, arts and crafts, a carnival and a fireworks display. To learn more visit or phone 870-256-5289.

The Delta Cultural Center in Helena-West Helena hosts the 6th annual Mother’s Best Music Fest on June 4. The free event starts at 1 p.m. and features performances by Bobby Rush, Lonnie Shields, Earnest “Guitar” Roy, Joe Pitts, James Morgan, Live Wire Band, Spoonfed Blues featuring The Mississippi Spoonman, Big Red & The Soul Benders, and the New Delta Jukes. The festival offers an eclectic take on the variety of music created throughout the Delta region of Arkansas and Mississippi, from its blues to its rockabilly, country, and Americana sounds. The festival takes its name from a 1940s radio show on Helena station KFFA 1360-AM that featured Delta musical innovators, including Doctor Isaiah Ross. Log on to or contact the museum at 800-358-0972 for more information.

Fun for the entire family is what you’ll find at the annual Summerfest in Eudora on June 4. Located in the town’s downtown, the event offers a variety of good food, live music, fun and games for the entire family. Phone 870-355-4437 for more information.

Celebrate the opening of the Pine Bluff Farmers Market on June 4! There will be cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, gardening tips from professionals and special presentations on fruits and vegetables. The first Art Walk of the season is being held on June 9. The event is held the second Thursday of each month from 5-7:30 p.m. and features art of every medium. Both events take place at scenic Saracen Landing on Lake Pine Bluff. Log on to or call 870-536-0920.

June 4 is the date for this year’s Festival on the Ridge in downtownHarrisburg. The morning kicks off with an old-fashioned country breakfast served at 7 a.m. The 5K run begins at 8 a.m. Live music starts at 9:30 a.m. Other events throughout the day include demonstrations by a BMX stunt team, a soapbox derby, a crawfish eating contest and a horseshoe tournament. The festival also offers a host of food and craft vendors and games and activities just for kids. Music headliners Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers take the stage at 7 p.m. Visit to check out the entire schedule or call 870-578-4104 for details.

Native Americans who called the Arkansas Delta home were experts with the bow and arrow. Many people today still use the bow today for hunting or sport. Learn how to shoot compound bows when Hampson Archeological Museum State Park in Wilson hosts an Archery Workshop on June 4. The class is free and suitable for ages 8 and up. Phone 870-655-8622 for more information.

Wherever you are and wherever you go, have a wonderful and SAFE weekend!!

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