Depot Days will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 in downtown Newport, and organizers are excited about another great event.

The Music The 16th annual Depot Days Festival will be held Saturday, September 28 on Front Street in downtown Newport.  The festival is a showcase of local, regional and national talent paying tribute to the rich musical history of Jackson County for which Rock 'n' Roll Highway 67 was recognized by the Arkansas Legislature and Governor Mike Beebe years ago. The history sprang from the nightclubs and honky tonks which lined the highway in the 50's and 60's.  Rock and Roll pioneers such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Sonny Burgess were among the greatest entertainers to frequent the highway venues. As annual festival attendees will tell you, you cannot find a more genuine slate of living rock and roll legends than you will see at Depot Days.  Sonny Burgess and his Legendary Pacers are still blowing away crowds of Rockabilly fans throughout America and Europe.  Original Sun Records saxophone session man Ace Cannon will bring his sweet soul and "tuff" rockin' jazz repertoire to Front Street.  The Derailers, the crowd pleasing house band from the iconic Broken Spoke Bar in Austin, Texas returns as a fan favorite. Headlining this year's event will be chart topping Confederate Railroad who bring their international stardom to Front Street, Newport. Barbecue Cookoff The 9th Annual Jackson County's Best Backyard Barbecue Cooking Contest will be held during Depot Days.  Only $40 to enter per team, which includes both the baby back ribs and Boston butt divisions, and meat is provided with your entry fee.  Great CASH prizes up for grabs including $150 cash for each division!  Enter at   And Much More! Lots of activities for kids including horse rides, inflatables and trackless train rides.  Great food served by Howard's Catfish, Barefoot Bistro, the Fried Pie Shop and Big E's BBQ in the food court. Tons of items to bid on at the Lions Club Auction.   Also check out a preview of the The Rock n' Roll Highway 67 Museum. For more info, contact the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce office at 870-523-3618 or  For all things Depot Days, visit our website: Become a fan of Depot Days on Facebook!