Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • BBQ cooking teams, vendors being accepted for festival

  • The 15th Annual Depot Days Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 in downtown Newport.
    Approximately 2,500 people will attend this free, community-wide event!
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  • Entries are being accepted for the annual Jackson County's Best Backyard BBQ Contest.
    Teams will be judged in the Boston Butt category and the Ribs category, with meat donated by Price Chopper.
    The cookoff will be held on Front Street next to the Iron Mountain Depot.
    Businesses and organizations are asked to consider forming a team for this fun competition.
    It could win you up to $150 in each division and the title of Jackson County's Best Backyard Barbecue!
    Judging in the ribs division begins at 3 p.m., Boston Butt division at 4 p.m. Cost to enter is only $25 per team.
    Booth space is currently being offered for only $25 for any arts and crafter, school organization, business or group.
    This would be a perfect opportunity to receive some exposure for an organization or business!
    Depot Days will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 29 with the Lions Club Auction.
    Music begins at 1 p.m. Get a complete entertainment schedule of events, booth forms and bbq contest information at www.depotdays.org or call the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce at (870) 523-3618.
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