Welcome to Walnut Ridge, Arkansas


Welcome to the official City of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas website. If you are a lifelong resident, looking for business opportunities, or just visiting our town we hope you will find the information you need within these pages.

Walnut Ridge has a population of close to 5000 residents and is located in the northeast quarter of Arkansas. Approximately half of an hour drive West of Jonesboro, an hour and a half drive north west of Memphis, Tennessee and a two hour drive north of the state capitol in Little Rock. Walnut Ridge is not only the largest city in Lawrence County but also the county seat.

Walnut Ridge has three major highways running through its city limits; Highway 67, Highway 63 and Highway 412. Highway 67 was named Rock and Roll Highway 67 in 2009. In the 1950’s many famous musicians played along this stretch of highway like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Lee Riley and Sonny Burgess.

Two major railways  run through the city of Walnut Ridge. Union Pacific runs north and south, Burlington Northern runs east and west. These railways intersect one mile south of our downtown area. Union Pacific runs directly through the city. In addition to these thoroughfares, we can also boast of a major airport capable of handling large air craft, the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport.

Local citizens can take pride in our town’s strong rural character. Walnut Ridge has always maintained a large agricultural industry . Rice, soybeans, wheat and corn are the major crops grown in this area. Residents can enjoy the rural charm of a farming community with its winding roads and fields farmed for generations.

Our city has affordable housing, friendly people, and a great public educational system serving elementary, middle, and high schools. We are fortunate to have a four year college located nearby . Williams Baptist College is next to the airport and the industrial park. Walnut Ridge also has the luxury of being within close driving distance to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.

You will find a variety of recreational activities located within our city limits. A large park with sporting fields, swimming pools, an archery range, basketball and tennis courts, fishing ponds and a vast walking track.

Along with our parks, Walnut Ridge is fortunate to be located in “the” major water fowl flyway in the United States – the Mississippi Delta Flyway. Walnut Ridge’s water fowl hunting is known nationwide. Several water fowl outfitters await sportsmen every fall. There is an abundance of rivers, lakes, creeks and streams for fishing and swimming nearby. As you can see, Walnut Ridge has a lot to offer. Come to visit. See for yourself. We would love to have you call Walnut Ridge…HOME!

Beatles at the Ridge 2018

The Beatles at the Ridge Music Festival and Symposium is set for Sept. 14 and 15 in downtown Walnut Ridge.

The annual Beatles at the Ridge music festival and symposium will kick off on Friday  in downtown Walnut Ridge. 

 

This year’s event, which is free to attend, includes two outdoor stages featuring a variety of music and culminating with a 7:30 p.m. performance on Saturday by Branson’s Liverpool Legends. 

 

The Artists and Authors Symposium opens Friday at noon at The Studio, located on Main Street, with a full lineup Friday evening and Saturday. The Argenta Collection, an exhibit of photographs of The Beatles, will also be on display. 

 

The event will also feature the Rockin’ Wings at the Ridge Cookoff and the Abbey Road Car Show. Both of which provide attendees an opportunity to select the winners. 

 

The Octopus Garden provides inflatables and rides for children, and vendors will offer a variety of food and other wares. 

 

A new addition this year is off-site parking, provided by the Lawrence County Ministerial Alliance. Individuals can park at the parking lot on Highway 67B where Ma & Pa’s Flea Market was most recently located (previously Harps) and ride a shuttle to the festival site. The shuttle will run every 30 minutes throughout the day and evening on Saturday

 

In addition, parking for church busses and vans will be provided at the Main Street Church of Christ parking lot, located at 319 East Main Street, just two blocks from the festival site. 

 

The full schedule for the event is as follows: 

 

Friday

  Artists & Authors Symposium

  The Studio on Main Street

  Noon — Doors open.

  2:45 p.m. — Dave Bedford shares “The Country and Blue Grass Roots of Beatles Music”

  3:30 p.m. — Alan Bernhoft stars as “John Lennon in Concert”

  4:30 p.m. — “Meet and Greet” party with Authors/Artists. Cameron Hicks performs “A Hard Day’s Night”

  5:30 p.m. — Welcome and Introductions

  6 p.m. — Panel of 1964 North American Tour Greats: “Memories of 1964” featuring Ivor Davis, Art Schreiber and John Trusty

  7 p.m. — Vivek Tiwary shares his graphic novel, “The Fifth

Beatle”

  8 p.m. — Authors in booths for book signings

  First National Bank’s Beatles Park Stage

  6 p.m. — Deadwood Groove

  7:15 p.m. — The Legendary Pacers

Saturday

  First National Bank’s Beatles Park Stage

  9 a.m. — ATF Martial Arts Board Break

  10:45 a.m. — Idle Minds

  12:30 p.m. — Bodagus

  2:15 p.m. — Drive South

  4 p.m. — Lockhouse Orchestra

  Artists & Authors Symposium

  The Studio on Main Street

  8:30 a.m. — Authors and Artists in booths

  9:00 a.m. — Cameron Hicks: Beatles Sing Along/Sock Hop

  10 a.m. David Bedford shares “The Beatles’ Struggle in Finding The Fourth Beatle”

  10:45 a.m. — (at Spider’s Webb Bookstore) Terri Lilley Whitney leads “Beatles Open Mic Poetry Reading”

  11 a.m. — Marti Edwards shares “The Day I Met The Beatles

  Noon — Lunch and Learn: Sara Schmidt tells about: “The 1964 North American Beatles Fan Clubs”

  1 p.m. — David Bedford introduces his award-winning film, “Looking for Lennon”

  1:30 p.m. — “Looking for Lennon” is shown

  3:45 p.m. — Authors in booths for book signings

  4 p.m. — Ivor Davis reads his children’s book, “Ladies and Gentlemen: Meet the Penguins!” 

  5 p.m. — Dr. Kit O’Toole: “Top Ten Amazing Aspects of The Beatles’ White Album”

  5:45 p.m. — Book release party for Dr. Kit O’Tooles’s “Soul Searching: Buried Treasures of R&B, Soul, Dance, and Hip/Hop”

  Cavenaugh Chevrolet’s Rock n’ Roll Hwy Stage

  1 p.m. — After Grace

  2:15 p.m. — We Are Vessel

  3:15 p.m. — Justin Teseniar

  4:15 p.m. — JJ Weeks Band

  5:45 p.m. — Arkansas Brothers

  7:30 p.m. — Liverpool Legends

  More detail on the festival can be found online at www.beatlesattheridge.com

Walnut Ridge, Arkansas