This Weekend in the Arkansas Delta

Kimberly J. Williams

Some of the Arkansas Delta’s favorite festivals and events are taking place this weekend.

Downtown Paragould is the setting for the 23rd annual Loose Caboose Festival on May 17-19. Live music, carnival rides, a bike ride, vendors, a fish fry, a large children’s area and stage, an expanded arts and crafts area, a karaoke contest, and petting zoos are all scheduled. To learn more, log on to or phone 870-240-0544.

If you’re a fan of crawfish, Dermott is the place to be as the town hosts the 29th annual Crawfish Festival on May 18-19. The two-day festival also features live music, the Arkansas Game and Fish aquarium, a dog show, children’s rides, vendors, arts and crafts…. and crawfish! To find out more visit or phone 870-538-5656.

Downtown Tyronza serves as the backdrop for the 10th annual Stars and Stripes Festival on May 18-19. The festival features live music and a pageant on Friday evening. Saturday’s events include a parade, live music, games, and vendors and concludes with an evening street dance. For more information, phone 870-487-2168.

The 14th annual Piggott Heritage Park Car Show, one of Arkansas’s largest, takes place May 18-20 in Piggott. Check out hundreds of classic cars restored to their glory. Other festivities include live entertainment, classic car parade, games, and lots of food. Saturday night’s events include a 50s dance contest for kids and live music. For more information, contact 870-598-3167.

The 2012 Tour de Hoot Bicycle Tour is slated for May 19 in McGehee. The bicycle tour, which benefits the McGehee Boys and Girls Club, offers routes ranging from 25 to 100 miles throughout southeast Arkansas. The event is known for great rest stops and delicious food. A pasta dinner is held the night before the race at the Boys and Girls Club. Registration is $35. Log on to or phone 870-222-8410 for all the details.

Come visit the Arkansas Delta! You won’t be disappointed!


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