The Depot Days Committee announces that this year’s festival will kick off on Friday night, Sept. 28 at the Depot with a party which will welcome several Sun Recording artists to Newport for a “Meet and Greet.” Sonny Burgess, Ace Cannon and others will be in attendance for photos and autographs. If you have never met these stars, now is your chance.

The event will also feature local Jackson County singer/songwriter Larry Lee Cheshier who will offer live entertainment inside the Depot from 6 to 8 p.m. Complimentary beer, wine and heavy hors’doeuvres will be offered for all patrons. The party is a ticketed event. Admission is $40 per couple or $25 per person. Proceeds go to support the festival. Tickets will be offered at the door or may be purchased in advance at the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce by calling (870) 523-3618. The Depot Days Festival is free and begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 with the Lions Club auction. BBQ contest applicants and vendors as well as all fans interested in the schedule of events can go to for more information.