This Weekend in the Arkansas Delta

Kimberly J. Williams
Happy Thursday, my blog-reading friends! If you still haven’t made plans for this weekend, there are some great events taking place in the Arkansas Delta! A LOT of great events!

The 55th annual Grand Prairie Festival of Arts is slated for the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart on Sept. 23-25. The long-time event offers an art, photography, and decorative arts juried show, open to all entries. The three-day event offers children’s activities, performing arts on stage, a fish fry on Friday night, a Sunday luncheon and an awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon. Call 870-673-7218 to learn more.

Marked Tree is the site for the 34th annual Delta Cotton Pickin’ Jubilee on Sept. 24. The event takes place in the park behind Iberia Bank at 210 Frisco Street. It offers a variety of family fun, arts and crafts, food, the Marked Tree Indian School Reunion and a 5K walk/run. Call 870-358-3785 for detailed information.

Enjoy an evening of music as Cane Creek State Park in Star City hosts Fall Music in the Park on Sept. 24. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and watch the sunset while enjoying live gospel music. Contact the park at 870-628-4714 to learn more.

Autumn on the Square returns to Marianna on Sept. 24 in the town’s historic downtown square. Arts and crafts, live music, a pet parade, pony rides, food vendors and activities for kids are scheduled throughout the day. To learn more, visit or contact the Marianna/Lee County Chamber of Commerce at 870-295-2469. 

Parkin Archeological State Park in Parkin invites scouts to earn the park’s History Awareness Patch. Scout Patch Day is scheduled for Sept. 24. Boy and Girl Scouts complete a tour of the historic mound site and finish a site explorer activity to earn the badge. Additional rocker patches can be earned by returning to the park and completing advanced programs. Participants must register through their Scout leader. Contact Parkin Archeological State Park at 870-755-2500 for details.

Learn more about preparing food outdoors when Lake Frierson State Park in Jonesboro offers a Dutch Oven Cooking workshop on Sept. 24. Workshop participants will learn the history of the Dutch oven, how to regulate temperature and how to use and care for the cast iron. The $45 admission includes a Dutch oven meal and your own oven to take home. To make reservations or to obtain information contact Lake Frierson State Park at 870-932-2615.

Transform a piece of nature into a work of art as Crowley’s Ridge State Park in Paragould hosts the Gorgeous Gourds workshop on Sept. 24. The class focuses on the basic types of gourds, historic uses of gourds, and how to make fun and creative projects including birdhouses, canteens, and dippers. The cost of the workshop is $15. Visit or phone 870-573-6751 for details.

Experience the Arkansas Delta in a whole new way when the Delta Heritage Trail State Park in Helena-West Helena offers a Bike and Kayak Tour on Sept. 24. The 10-mile guided bike ride begins at the park visitor center (located off U.S. 49) and ends in Lakeview. Upon arrival in Lakeview, tour members take to their kayaks and explore Old Town Lake, an oxbow lake filled with striking cypress trees. After the kayak tour of Old Town Lake, tour participants are transported back to the park office. The tour lasts approximately four hours. Reservations are required and the cost is $25 for adults and $15 for those ages 12 and under and includes the bike, kayak, life jackets, paddles, and shuttle. To learn more contact the Delta Heritage Trail State Park at 870-572-2352.

Scouts and their parents can experience first-hand everything that Parkin Archeological State Park has to offer. The park, located in Parkin, hosts the Scouts Oudoor Skills Campout on Sept. 24 and 25. Workshops include fire starting, clay cleaning, pottery making, atlatl throws, kayaking, Dutch oven cooking and more. The $40 fee includes all meals, snacks, equipment rentals and workshops for the Scout and the parent. Contact the park at 870-755-2500 for details.

The town of Cherry Valley hosts Cherry Fest on Sept. 25. The family-friendly event features live entertainment, a pet show, arts and crafts, festival foods, and kids’ games. All activities are held along Stark Street. Phone 870-588-4416 for more information.

Now, with all that going on, if you can’t find something to do this weekend, you aren’t looking!! Remember…wherever you go and whatever you do… be safe!! Have a great weekend!

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