24th Annual Loose Caboose Festival In Paragould, Arkansas

This years Loose Caboose Festival is coming up soon! This year will be the 24th annual festival and in my opinion they just keep getting better every year.

This year the festival is going to be at the Green County Fairgrounds. I’m not sure why but they couldn’t do it out by the old Caboose this year.

Red Caboose in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.Some things will still be happening downtown like the 5k  Run & Walk and the Iron Caboose Bike Ride but most of the other things will be happening at the Fair Grounds.

There will of course be the Carnival on all three days with Thursday night being armband night. If you want to get the lowest possible price you will have to pick up armband tickets at the Main Street Paragould office (the caboose) between 3 and 5pm that day. After that you can get them for two dollars more at the gate of the fairgrounds. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me….especially if you have to be downtown anyway…just stop by and pick up your tickets while you are there.

Saturday will have free entertainment all day starting with a Youth Music Talent Contest at 10am and continuing through the evening. For information on the rest of the entertainment check the free entertainment schedule here.

The main event on Friday night is a concert by Restless Heart. I don’t know all their songs but I do know they have some good ones including Dancy’s Dream, which is one of my favorites.  Admission is $5 that night and you might want to take some chairs with you because they are only guaranteeing seats to the folks who buy the first 1000  tickets. I suppose it is possible that not that many will show up…but I expect there will be quite a few more than that.

There will also be Arts & Crafts exhibits (and sales), commercial exhibits, and of course food vendors.

If you are the adventurous sort you can take a plane ride on Saturday and get a a really good view of the festival…and the rest of the town too! Just go to the Paragould airport and make a $20 donation to Arkansas Pilots for Christ.  For more information check out this Facebook page. I would like to do this if I can talk myself into it. I’m afraid of heights and not at all sure how I would do in an airplane.

So if you didn’t already have plans for that weekend…you now have several fun things to do!

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