Happening this weekend in Region 8

Happening this weekend in Region 8
Weekend events around and near Region 8 (Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - There’s something happening for everyone this weekend in Region 8! Check it out.

Saturday, Oct. 12

It has been an event held in Poinsett County for over 40 years and the people in Weiner gather each year to honor rice. The festival features everything from carnival rides and live music to cooking contests and rice tastings.

The event is free and is held all day throughout town.

Officials say there will be nearly 100 food, craft and information vendors Saturday at the Crawfordsville Hometown Festival in Crittenden County. The festival starts with a parade that honors veterans, as well as music all day.

The event has been around almost as long as the Arkansas Rice Festival, with the people in Trumann hosting their annual Wild Duck Festival Saturday.

The event at 16179 Pecan Grove Road has everything from vendors and food to a flu shot clinic. Also, there will be bands performing and a pickle eating contest.

For those wanting to take a trip just outside Region 8, the King Biscuit Blues Festival concludes Saturday in Helena. Officials say the festival is one of the best showcases of blues music in the nation.

In addition to music, people can enjoy a bicycle race, vendors and a barbecue contest among other events.

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