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Beatles at the Ridge Festival Features Packed Schedule












(Walnut Ridge, Ark.) – With entertainment running all day on three different stages and a host of events all across downtown Walnut Ridge, the second annual Beatles at the Ridge festival on Sept. 15th promises to be an unprecedented celebration.

“Beatles at the Ridge is shaping up to be something like we haven’t seen before in Walnut Ridge. The performers and the activities that are planned for Sept. 15th are generating interest from literally all across the country,” said Charles Snapp of the festival planning committee.

This year’s Beatles at the Ridge will incorporate the successful Iron Mountain Festival, including its traditional entertainment and activities on the north side of Main Street in Walnut Ridge.

The Iron Mountain Stage will feature entertainment by local performers and studios all day long, culminating with the Nuttin’ but Talent Show, sponsored by Walmart, at 2:10 p.m.

“The Iron Mountain Festival has had a very devoted crowd, and I think they are going to love everything that’s happening with Beatles at the Ridge. We have the things we have all enjoyed the past several years, and much more on top of that,” said Lorra Whitmire, the festival committee chairperson.

Beatles Park on Abbey Road will also host an array of performers during the festival, including the Murphy Bluegrass Boys at 10 a.m., Hairy Larry and George at 11:30 a.m., Blue Wave at 1:00 p.m. and the Bottom of the Barrel Boys at 2:30 p.m.

The Arkansas Razorbacks football game with Alabama will be featured on a giant TV screen near Beatles Park, as well. Also slated for the Abbey Road area are a juried arts & crafts show and a car show featuring Volkswagen Beetles and VW buses.

Later in the afternoon, Beatles at the Ridge will feature the return of the Liverpool Legends, who drew a huge crowd at last year’s festival. The Beatles tribute band from Branson, Mo., will perform on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Highway Stage at 4 p.m. Sun Studios recording artist Sonny Burgess & the Legendary Pacers will take the stage at 7 p.m., and Stan Perkins, son of rockabilly legend Carl Perkins, will perform at 8 p.m.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Highway Stage will be set up across Highway 67 from the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce office. As part of the celebration, the Guitar Walk at Cavenaugh Park will be officially unveiled before Burgess performs Saturday evening.

“We believe Guitar Walk at Cavenaugh Park will be an incredible addition to downtown Walnut Ridge, and it’s perfectly fitting that Sonny, who is a rock ‘n’ roll legend himself, would help cut the ribbon,” Snapp said.

Vendors will be set up all across the festival, selling food, crafts, souvenirs and other items.

Among the vendors will be Apple Frame Studios of Illinois, which features hand-crafted and framed music photos, posters, lithographs and serigraphs, collectibles and original memorabilia from The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Elvis and The Rolling Stones and others.

“After seeing Apple Frame Studio’s huge display at a recent Beatles memorabilia show and sale in Chicago, I’m very pleased they’re going to be a part of this year’s Beatles at the Ridge music festival,” said Snapp.

The festival gets an early start on Friday, Sept. 14, when a Beatles sing-along will be held at the giant TV, next to Beatles Park. The sing-along begins at 7p.m.

For a complete schedule of events and other festival information, visit www.beatlesattheridge.com.

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!