Lifestyle & Community Events

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Historic Dyess Colony

Historic Dyess Colony is most notably known for the boyhood home of Johnny Cash. Developed in 1934 through President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, nearly 500 impoverished Arkansas farm families resettled in this agricultural community. Step back in time and see how the Cash family lived there, based on family memories.

Mississippi County Historical Center

Located in an old storefront in the center of Osceola, the Mississippi County Historical & Genealogical Society Museum tells the story of the community and its residents. The museum includes a coffee shop, gift shop, and research center.

Hampson Archeological Museum State Park

At the State park, Dr. James K. Hampson and his family share their collection of artifacts to teach about the lifestyles of the early aboriginal population of farmers during 1400 to 1650. In addition to cultivating crops and hunting native game, they also created art, religion and political structure along with a thriving trading network. 

Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge

11,047-acre National Wildlife Refuge located in Mississippi County, Arkansas, managed by The United States Fish and Wildlife Service manages this 11,047-acre refuge, of which 6,400 acres are classified as a National Natural Landmark and 2,144 acres are classified as wilderness. Big Lake is a stop over for migrating waterfowl. During the winter it is common to see hundreds of thousands of waterfowl, especially ducks.  Wood ducks live year-round at Big Lake; about 2,500 chicks are born each year. Identification of about 227 bird species, including bald eagles, have been made at Big Lake. River otters, beavers, raccoons, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, bobcats and occasionally armadillos are found throughout the refuge. 

Hunting & Fishing

From mid-November through late January, local and visiting duck hunters enjoy a bountiful season in Mississippi County. Big Lake provides for fishing of largemouth bass, bream, crappie and catfish. Within 2-hours is access to fishing on the White River, known for rainbow trout, speckled trout and smallmouth bass. 

Pecan Point

Pecan Point, located on an island near Wilson, Arkansas - about 18 miles upriver from Memphis and 32 miles south of the Missouri border, is home to abundant populations of deer, turkey and duck. The diverse island environment for these populations, including mature timber, agriculture, WRP, and numerous lakes and wetlands. Organized hunts and lodging are available.

Events

Family at a resturant eating
Spring

Osceola Heritage MusicFest (Osceola) is an annual festival of a weekend of premium musical entertainment brings a variety of music, from the sounds of the 80's, the down home delta blues, classic rock, and country. Food vendors, games for the kids and great music always makes for a great time.

MayFest (Blytheville) is a two-day festival that celebrates the importance of cotton in Mississippi County. This festival brings locals to the downtown area for live music, art, crafts, vendors, rides with lots of good food and shopping.

Summer

Festival in the Park (Blytheville) has food venders, arts, crafts, retail booths, talent competitions, bouncy houses and a cornhole tournament all in the city part.

Fall

Blytheville Chili Cook-off (Blytheville) 40th Annual tradition is filled with arts, crafts, jewelry and the best food vendors. Join the fun and vote on the best chili and explore the beer garden.

John Cash Heritage Festival (Dyess) is a three day festival that honors Johnny Cash and the New Deal programs that shaped his childhood in Dyess. Join the fun with world class music in the cotton fields surrounding his boyhood home.

Wilson Music Series (Wilson) is where the City of Wilson hosts a number of high caliber musical guests for the quaterly series.

Winter

Lights of the Delta (Blytheville) is one of the largest Christmas lighting displays in the mid-south region. Over 6 million lights, 48+ major motion displays and sitting on a 40 acre tract gives families a 1.5 mile holiday experience.

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