This Weekend in the Arkansas Delta

Kimberly J. Williams
There are so many great things going on this weekend in the Arkansas Delta! The weather outlook looks amazing!
The 5th annual Owlfest kicks off Friday night in McGehee. The two-day event centers around the homecoming game of the McGehee Owls, and includes the football game, a parade, street dances, arts and crafts, food vendors, a children’s recreation area, a talent show, a Razorback tailgate part, and live music. Log on to or phone 870-222-4451 for details.

Peebles Farm in Augusta kicks off the annual Fall Festival on Oct. 1. This year’s event features a 14-acre “Haunted Graveyard” corn maze, hayrides, a play area, cotton and pumpkin patches, a petting zoo, and hay tunnels. While you’re there, choose the perfect pumpkin to make into a jack-o-lantern. On Friday and Saturday nights throughout October, nighttime tours of the corn maze are offered. The Fall Festival runs through Oct. 31. Visit or phone 870-919-6162 to learn more.

Things are getting scary! Pumpkin Hollow near Piggott opens its haunted attractions to those who dare to enter! Beginning Oct. 1, visitors will be terrified by Bubba’s Butcher Barn, the Forest of Fright, and the Mad Skull Mine. For the youngsters or the faint of heart, there’s the Friendly Fairytale Forest. The haunted attractions are open each Friday and Saturday night through Oct. 29, in addition to Halloween night, Oct. 31. Pumpkin Hollow also offers a variety of fun fall activities, including hayrides, corn mazes, pig scrambles and pony rides. For more information on the haunted attractions, visit Learn more about Pumpkin Hollow’s special events at  or phone 870-598-3568.

History meets mystery in Jonesboro during the Jonesboro Ghost Tour on Oct. 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 20-23 and 24-31. Join magician Edward L. Underwood, author of “Haunted Jonesboro,” for an unforgettable night of chilling entertainment. Admission is $15.  Log on to  or call 870-275-7196 for information.

The reptiles take over in Lepanto as the 81st annual Terrapin Derby is held on Main Street on Oct. 1. Watch as the turtles race to snap up the watermelon waiting for them at the finish line. The long-time festival also offers live music, arts and crafts, games for the youngsters, and…terrapins! Phone 870-475-2415 for more information.

The sound of music and the scent of barbecue fill the streets when Jonesboro welcomes the Downtown BBQ Fest on Oct. 1. Fifty teams compete in the culinary contest. You’ll also find bands, vendors and activities just for kids. Make sure to visit the restaurants and specialty shops located in the downtown area. Visit or phone 870-932-6691 for details.

Explore the history of shoes in the Native American culture as Hampson Archeological State Park in Wilson offers Happy Feet on Oct. 1. Workshop participants make their own pair of moccasins to take home. This class is suitable for those ages 7 and up. Contact the park at 870-655-8622 for more information.

Spend a beautiful evening on Lake Frierson when Lake Frierson State Park in Jonesboro offers an Evening Kayak and Dinner Cruise on Oct. 1. Enjoy an informative and fun tour of the lake followed by a Dutch oven dinner on the shoreline at sunset. The evening also features an astronomy program with the park interpreter. The fee for the program is $15. For details contact Lake Frierson State Park at 870-932-2615.

Main Street West Memphis hosts Chillin’ on Broadway on Oct. 1 in the city’s downtown area. The festival features a Chili Appreciation Society International cook-off, arts and crafts, a children’s area, and live entertainment. For more information visit or contact Main Street West Memphis at 870-735-8814.

Enjoy the fun of the season during the 6th annual Fall Celebration at Lake Poinsett State Park in Harrisburg on Oct. 1. The family-friendly event offers live music, hayrides, games, food, activities and interpretive programs throughout the day. Contact the park at 870-578-2064 for details.

Greenlee Park in Brinkley is the site of the 28th annual Fall Festival on Oct. 1. The day includes live music, arts and crafts, children’s activities and food vendors. You can learn more by visiting or calling 870-734-2262.

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

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