Record number of sellers for Rison in the fall, concert conducted by Julie Roberts – Cleveland County Herald

County artist Julie Roberts to headline the festival with a free concert at 7:30 p.m.

RISON – The Rison in the Fall festival, scheduled for Saturday, October 30, will host 30 vendor kiosks, six food trucks, a Halloween treat and several contests throughout the afternoon.

All activities conclude with a free concert on Main Street at 7:30 p.m. by Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association nominee Julie Roberts.

Vendors and Food Trucks

“We are delighted to welcome a record number of vendors and food trucks to Rison this fall this year,” said Douglas Boultinghouse, lead festival organizer.

Vendors will be on site from 1 p.m. offering shopping and unique food all afternoon until the evening at the start of the concert.

Festival attendees can search for crafts, jewelry, wood and glass artwork, soaps, skin care, clothing, guns, candles, home decor, and more.

“We have several local vendors, but also several who are from central Arkansas and even Louisiana,” Boultinghouse said.

A variety of food items will be available including gourmet southern foods, burgers, specialty hot dogs, brisket, pulled pork, ribs, sausages, ice cream, sundaes, sundaes, milkshakes, sodas, chicken salad sandwiches and artisan wood-fired pizzas.

A complete list of each supplier is available at the end of this article.

“Our local restaurants in the downtown area will also be open throughout the day,” Boultinghouse said. “There will be plenty of dining options for those who come to join us for Rison in the fall.”

Food contest

Rison Shine and the Pioneer Village are hosting food competitions at the festival. Profits from the competitions will be shared between each group and the fall festival.

New this year, Rison Shine will be hosting a chili and soup contest that will be open for entries from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. before the start of the festival at an entrance booth in FBT Park on Main Street. There is a $ 20 entry fee to enter a slow cooker of chili or soup into the contest.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., festival-goers can purchase a public choice ticket of $ 5 for each category (chili or soup) and taste all the entrees. A winner for each category will receive 40 percent of the money raised for both contests.

Returning from 2019 is the success of the Pioneer Village pie competition and auction, which is open to amateur bakers, including children, teens and adults of all ages.

This year there will be a category for all pies (fruit, meat and fries pies). Organizers note that there will be no refrigeration available, so if a pie needs to be refrigerated, it must be entered at the last minute or entered into a cooler with ice cream.

Pies can be grabbed on site between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to be judged at an entrance booth in front of the Cleveland County Herald office. There is an entry fee of $ 10 to participate in the pie contest, or the donation of one or more additional pies for the auction. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners. After the judging period, the judged pies will be sold by the share.

At the 3 p.m. pie auction at the FBT Community Park, the winner of the contest will be announced and whole pies will be auctioned.

Entry forms for both of these contests are available at and on page 4 of this week’s Herald.

Forms must be returned during the entry period for each contest.

“We want to continue to grow the festival and provide quality entertainment and fun to Rison every year,” Boultinghouse said.

“When you enter these contests, you are helping us do just that and make the festival a free event for our community. “

Rison Paws for a cause dog contest

The local animal charity Rison Paws for a Cause is bringing back their dog show starting at 4 p.m. in the FBT Community Park.

There is a $ 10 entry fee for the contest with an additional $ 5 fee for each category of photogenic, best dressed, friendliness, and people’s choice. A printed photo must be brought for the photogenic category. If you don’t have a printed photo, you can send one to [email protected] by October 25 to have it printed.

Registration forms can be delivered to Paws Chief Rhonda Fletcher at Rison Town Hall Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Monday, October 25 or mailed to Rison Paws for a Cause, c / o Rhonda Fletcher, 7190 Hwy 35 N, Rison, AR 71665. Cash, money orders or cashier’s checks will be accepted.

The forms are available at and on page 3 of this week’s Herald.

“Aggressive dogs should not be listed,” urged Fletcher.

Artist Julie Roberts will be one of the contest judges. A short dog parade will follow the competition in the FBT park to show the winner.

For more information, contact Fletcher at (870) 814-0185.

All proceeds from the dog show go to Rison Paws for a Cause.

Joe Cook Memorial Horseshoe Tournament

The annual Horseshoe Tournament will take place at 1 p.m., hosted by Big Red’s Feed Trough. The cost is $ 20 per team. To register in advance or for more information, contact Jennifer Duncan at (870) 489-1687. Teams must register no later than 12:30 p.m. on the day of the festival.

Halloween Chest

Rison Shine is merging its annual Trunk-or-Treat event with Rison this fall this year, Rison Shine president Celeste Beatty said starting at 5 p.m.

Those making a trunk or treat should register in advance by calling the Cleveland County Herald office at (870) 325-6412 by Monday, October 25 to be placed on the official list.

A specific location will be designated for Truck-or-Treat in the 300 block of Main Street, so spaces will be limited. Registered participants will be informed in advance of their reserved location. Installation will begin at 4 p.m.

Trunk-or-Treat is open to all individuals, businesses, churches and other organizations to distribute candy to children on Halloween weekend.

The Southern Hills Green House Cottages will also be hosting a guided nursing home tour starting at 5:00 PM.

“We encourage all kids who are considering making a treat at Rison to stop by the retirement home as they head downtown for a trunk or treat and the concert,” Boultinghouse said.

Halloween theater show

Stacy Walz has announced that a special Cleveland County Community Theater production will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a “spooky musical” featuring local talent.

Concert by Julie Roberts

Country music recording artist Julie Roberts will headline the festival at 7:30 p.m. with a free concert.

Roberts will perform songs from his albums which have sold over a million records – with just his first two albums. These hits include “Men And Mascara”, “Wake Up Older” and the Top 20 “Break Down Here”.

Those attending the concert are kindly requested to bring their lawn chairs to sit on Main Street. A section of reserved seats will be directly in front of the stage for festival sponsors.


Boultinghouse, co-organizer Roy Phillips and the Rison Shine group would like to thank all of the sponsors who contributed to Rison in the Fall.

“Without these sponsors and the support of this city and its surroundings, this festival would not be possible,” Boultinghouse said.

The 2021 concert and festival sponsors are FBT Bank, International Poultry, Gateway Bank, Stella Jones, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Connect Bank, Rison Pharmacy, Buie Funeral Home, SEARK College, Rison Hardware, Mainline Health Systems, Corner Express, Twisted Mule Mercantile, Shelter Insurance / Dee Holcomb, State Representative Mike Holcomb, ShopWise, Holt Builder’s Supply, Green House Cottages of Southern Hills, C&L Electric, RES Solutions / Ryan Saunders, Marty’s Body Shop, Cleveland County Herald, Real Estate Solutions , Rowell Store, Woodlawn Grocery, Douglas B Design & Photography, Cleveland County Telephone Company, Jennifer King Auction Services, Rison Starz Dance Academy, Cleveland County Auto Parts, My Berry Patch, Big Red’s Feed Trough, Access Medical Clinic, Quik M, Anytime Smoothie, Main Street Café, Rison’s Pro Pizza, El Girasol Mexican Restaurant and Triple Cross BBQ and more.

Festival food trucks

• La Roulotte Pizza: Home-made pizzas cooked over a wood fire.
• Sock Hop Soda Shop: ice creams, floats, milkshakes, sundaes, sodas and chicken salad sandwiches.
• BBQ G&T: beef brisket, pulled pork, ribs, hot dogs, Polish sausages, potato salad and baked beans.
• Tony’s Coneys: Nathan’s All Beef Hot Dogs and more.
• Big Red’s Feeder: Pulled pork, breast, chicken, ribs, burgers, quesadillas, nachos and other specialties.
• Lucy Mae’s Southern Foods: burgers, hot dogs, fried catfish, chicken strips, bone-in pork chops, chicken and waffles, nachos and fried pies.

Purchase sellers

• Rison Shine: Cleveland County community calendars, Rison Shine t-shirts and official Rison t-shirts for fall 2021.
• Boutique Dramallama: paparazzi jewelry and more.
• KLD Kustoms: Etched glass products.
• L&B Soap: Handcrafted bath and body products, as well as handcrafted jewelry.
• Double M guns: guns, accessories, gifts and more.
• Harrison Cooper Candles: Hand-poured soy wax candles, melts and room sprays.
• Friendship Extension Homemakers Club: French fries.
• Jessica Baker’s Bunch: Bath salts, leather key rings, cases, paracord key rings and bracelets, soaps and note cards.
• Zion Baptist Missionary Church Ladies: Handmade aprons, bowl holders, pot holders, blankets and more.
• “I Paint Them” and “Quilted Barn Market” by Belinda Lawson: acrylic paints, wooden signs, wooden angel brooches, wooden crafts and more.
• Ferme Sweet T: Goat’s milk soap, lotion, essential oil products, hair care, facials, potted plants and more.
• Martha’s Creations: Topanga Scents laundry products, goat’s milk products, crafts and more.
• J&J Fantasy: wooden objects, canvas art, recycled and restored objects, personalized orders and more.
• Handicraft jewelry from Zell: Jewelry and various craft items.
• Tupperware by Paula: Kitchen items.
• GS Designs: Custom Doormats, Sublimation Mugs, T-shirts, Handmade Laser Engraved Cutting Boards and more.
• Country Bumpkins creations: farmhouse / country decor and faux leather earrings.
• Debra Owens: local author of “Tomorrow is not promised”.
• Topanga Scents by Wendy and Peggy: Laundry detergents, soaps and lotions.

Information stands

• State Farm Insurance Agent Aaron Loetscher
• Main health systems
• College of Southeast Arkansas
• Bethel No. 2 Missionary Baptist Church: Offer water and popcorn.
• Rison Baptist Church: offers water, door prizes and gifts.
• Bethel Baptist Missionary Church No. 1
• Don Triplett Campaign for County Judge
• Cleveland County Emergency Management Office / National Weather Service
• Cleveland County Veterans Affairs
• Cleveland County Criminal Justice

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