Portfest armbands now on sale


Armbands are now on sale at area outlets for the 32nd Annual Portfest Festival, to be held June 7-8 at Jacksonport State Park.


On Friday, June 7, Portfest welcomes The Bellamy Brothers and John Conlee with opening act Riverbilly. Gates open at 4 p.m., music begins at 5:30 p.m. Armbands are $15 in advance or $20 at the gates.

Activities will begin at noon on Saturday, June 8. Armbands are $10 all day, or $15 at the gates after 4 p.m. Performing on June 8 will be the Larry Lee Cheshier Band at 5:30 p.m., Eddy Raven at 7 p.m. and Jo Dee Messina at 8:30 p.m. Armbands include gate admission, live entertainment and free activities including the Arkansas Steel Associates children’s tent, petting zoo and pony rides, inflatables, fireworks extravaganza and other family attractions. Also be sure to catch the Jimmy Riffle Gator Boys Road Show on June 8 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Meet and greet opportunities will take place following each show.


Kids six and under get in free both days.


Armbands are now available at the following locations:

Merchants & Planters Bank in Newport, Tuckerman, Swifton, Batesville, Southside, McCrory and Newark

George’s Liquor Store in Newport

IberiaBank in Newport and Tuckerman

Regions Bank in Newport

Old River Package Store in Elgin

Carter’s Corner in Jonesboro

All Star Music in Jonesboro and Batesville

Beautiful Noise Music in Searcy

All Star Sporting Goods in Paragould

Attention Medical Supply in Heber Springs

Tickets are also available at the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce.


Kenny’s Funland Carnival will kick off Portfest activities on June 5 at Jacksonport State Park with carnival armband night on June 6.


Don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs for general admission outdoor seating. Parking is free, but there is a $10 cooler fee. For more information, contact the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce at (870) 523-3618, email director@newportarchamber.org, visit www.portfest.org or find Portfest Festival on Facebook.