The Newport Area Chamber of Commerce hopes that you will join us for the annual Depot Days Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 28 on Front Street.  

We are currently recruiting teams for the 9th Annual Jackson County's Best Backyard Barbecue Championship Cookoff.  Meat is provided and includes a Boston Butt and, new this year – a rack of Baby Back Ribs.  If you would like to compete in this friendly competition simply complete the entry form and mail your $40 entry fee to the Chamber office at 201 Hazel Street, Newport, AR 72112.  Team entry fee includes both divisions.  Bring your patio party and all your fun friends down to Depot Days. Your time-proven technique could win you up to $150 in each division and the title of Jackson County's Best Backyard Barbecue while listening to the great free entertainment – Newport’s own Larry Lee Cheshier Band, Sonny Burgess & the Pacers, Ace Cannon, Sleepy LaBeef, Austin, TX band the Derailers, and headliner Confederate Railroad.   For additional information, go to, call (870) 523-3618 or email