The Bellamy Brothers, John Conlee, Jo Dee Messina and Eddy Raven will be the featured performers during the 32nd Annual Portfest "Rollin' on the River" Festival on June 7-8. Hosted by the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, Portfest is held on the banks of the White River at beautiful Jacksonport State Park, three miles north of Newport off Hwy. 69.
Tickets for June 8 are $10 either in advance or at the gate before 4 p.m.; they will increase to $15 at the gate after 4 p.m. Kids six and under get in free. Music starts at 5:30 p.m. Eddy Raven is set for 7 p.m. followed by Jo Dee Messina at 8:30 p.m. with the fireworks extravaganza ending the show. Tickets will go on sale by May 1 at outlets throughout the region including Searcy, Batesville, Jonesboro and Newport. Annual Portfest-related activities include a bass fishing tournament, 5K walk and run, a kids fishing derby, two-person golf scramble and horseshoe pitching contest. Portfest welcomes Kenny's Funland Carnival on June 5-8 at Jacksonport State Park. In addition, attractions for kids of all ages are free with admission on June 8 and include horse rides, inflatables, a petting zoo, trackless train rides, fireworks show and much more. Don't forget your blankets and lawn chairs! Coolers are welcome, but there will be a $10 cooler fee at the gate. Free parking. A complete schedule of events will be updated soon at www.portfest.org. For faster announcements, "like" Portfest Festival on Facebook.