Event lineup for the 34th annual PortFest

Event lineup for the 34th annual PortFest

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - One of Region 8's largest festivals is almost here: the 34th annual PortFest.

This year's festival is June 5 and 6, but there is plenty of family fun leading up to that.

A two-person scramble golf tournament kicks it all off May 1 at 1 p.m. at the Newport Country Club.

The next event is the PortFest 5K May 16 at 8 a.m. at ASU-Newport.

The overall male and female runners will win $100. There will also be a new, free kids' color fun run this year.

The final event before PortFest weekend is the kids' fishing derby May 30 at 8 a.m. at Lockwood Park Extension.

Kids 12 years old and under can fish free.

Kenny's Funland Carnival opens June 3 at 6 p.m. and continues throughout the weekend.

During PortFest weekend, visitors can participate in a fishing tournament, horseshoe pitching contest and baggo doubles tournament.

There will also be a rock concert June 5 with Riverbilly and the Marshall Tucker Band and country concert June 6 with Little Texas and Josh Thompson.

"PortFest has become sort of the location for a homecoming for Region 8 essentially," said Julie Allen, the executive director of the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce. "People have been coming year after year after year. If they've never been and they come once, they're hooked."

PortFest usually welcomes about 12,000 people during the two-day festival.

Allen said so many people come to Jacksonport State Park from Region 8 and beyond because the chamber offers visitors the same thing every year.

"Portfest was originally designed to provide quality entertainment at a low cost to families," she said. "And all of these years later, we're still providing it. There's no other festival like us."

For specific prices and times for this year's festival, visit the PortFest website.

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