Big crowds expected at Depot Days in Newport

Published: Sep. 24, 2021 at 2:59 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2021 at 5:59 PM CDT
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NEWPORT, Ark. (KAIT) - A large turnout is expected for an annual music festival in Jackson County.

The Depot Days festival starts at 6 p.m. Friday, and goes through Saturday night.

According to the Depot Days Festival Facebook page, there will be several performances during the two-day event.

The festival is a community-wide event to celebrate the city’s rich musical history. Event organizer Julie Allen says it brings extra revenue into the city.

“Not only is there an interest from people all over but it also brings people in to spend money at our restaurants stay in our hotels they visit our museum stop by the chamber office, lots of visitors from all over and we hope they enjoy it,” said Allen

Friday’s event included music from Newport native Jim Ranger, who was the Voice Season 19 runner-up. Ranger says after a tough year and a half, it’s great to have a bit of normalcy.

“This is important for this community to have these events. It just brings a little bit of life back into it and reminds them that though we’re all stuck in this craziness that is the world today, but the most important thing is friends, family, and having a good time,” said Ranger.

Depot Days begins TONIGHT in downtown Newport! Free to all, bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Posted by Depot Days Festival on Friday, September 24, 2021

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