The 3rd annual Beatles at the Ridge festival is slated for Sept. 19-20. As in the past, the festival features great live music both days, including performances by Riverbilly, northeast Arkansas’s own Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers, and Liverpool Legends, the Grammy-nominated tribute band hand-picked by George’s sister, Louise Harrison. The younger Beatles fans will delight in the Octopus Garden for Kids, where they’ll find Danny Donuts with his “almost magical” Yellow Submarine, as he leads parades up and down Abbey Road. Other activities include a talent contest, a British car show and shine, Beatles Karaoke for kids, a dog costume contest, duck calling contests, and much more.
Festival organizers are very excited about two additions to this year’s celebration. The Artists and Authors Symposium, which kicks-off Friday at 7 p.m., features national and international writers talking about the Beatles, their music, their impact and their legacy. The authors will be discussing their writings as well as offering book signings throughout the festival. Three artists whose work center on the Fab Four will also be part of the symposium, along with many of their works. Festivalgoers will enjoy various art and private collection displays, seminars, multi-media presentations, as well as meet-and-greet and autograph signing sessions. The entire Argenta Collection, a recent donation to the town of Walnut Ridge, will be displayed as part of the Beatles Artists and Authors Symposium. The compilation includes 229 images of John, Paul, George and Ringo. It is believed to be one of the largest collections in the world, and many have never been presented in a public display. This is the first time the photos will be shown together under one roof. The entire collection will be on exhibit during the festival at The Studio, a new event center opening at the corner of Main St. and Abbey Road in Walnut Ridge. After this year’s event, the Argenta Collection will be on rotating display at the Lawrence County Library in Walnut Ridge.
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!