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.