WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - Fans of the rock band The Beatles won't have to travel far for all things related to the Fab Four.
Beatles fanatics can gather for music, exhibits, contests and more at the 6th annual Beatles at the Ridge Music Festival in Walnut Ridge.
The two-day event kicks off at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 with a meet and greet reception at the Beatles symposium.
The symposium will be held at The Studio, located on the corner of Main Street and Abbey Road.
Presentations begin at 5:30 p.m.
Authors Ivor Davis and Judge Southerland Kessler will headline the symposium this year.
Davis toured with The Beatles in 1964 and wrote the book "The Beatles and Me on Tour".
Kessler is the author of "The John Lennon Series".
Other authors and artists will also be on hand for symposium presentations which are free Friday night and all day Saturday.
Musical groups Deadwood Grove and Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers kick off the music portion of the festival Sept. 16 with performances at 6 p.m. at the First National Bank Beatles Park Stage.
The festivities pick back up at 9 a.m. on Sept. 17 with performances by ATF Martial Arts Board Break, Marilyn's Clogging Company, the Gateway & Delta Fusion Cloggers and Studio H Dance Company.
The 9th annual Nuttin' but Talent Show is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
A first at the Beatles at the Ridge Music Festival is the Rockin' Wings at the Ridge Cookoff.
Cooking begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and the food will be available for purchase at 2:35 p.m.
Also happening on Saturday, the British Car Show & Shine, scheduled from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Abbey Run.
At noon, the Rock n' Roll Hwy. stage opens with a dog costume contest and will feature performances by Lauren Richmond, Arkansas Brothers, Jefferey & the Pacemakers, The Brandon Cunning Band, and the winner of the Nuttin' but Talent Show.
The Liverpool Legends are scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m.
There will also be several activities for children including an octopus garden, rock climbing wall, giant wave slide and more.
Admission, parking, and entertainment are free at the Beatles at the Ridge Music Festival.
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