Forest Festival still accepting vendors, local entertainers

The Arkansas Forest Festival planning committee is making the final preparations for the second annual festival, which will be held in McCloy Park on April 1-2.

The festival, which is hosted by the Monticello Festival and Events Association, will feature vendors, a carnival, food trucks, and live entertainment throughout the two day festival.

Zack Tucker, chair of the festival committee, said he’s excited about the changes to this year’s festival. One addition is the lumberjack demonstration.

“I am really excited to get this demonstration to make an appearance at our festival,” Tucker said. “I feel like it’s going to be fun experience and will hold true to our forest theme.”

 Another addition is the car and truck show, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nita Carpenter, car show organizer, said there will be no charge to enter your vehicle, and each entry will receive one meal ticket  to redeem at one of the four food trucks.

Trophies will be awarded to Best of Show Car, Best of Show Truck and Crowd’s Choice Award, which allows spectators to vote on their favorite car or truck.

Carpenter said The Car and Truck Show would not be possible without its sponsors, which are Bones Auto Parts, Marshall Electric Specialty Metalworks.

The Desha Drew County Cattlemen will host its 2016 Grocery Sack Challenge during the forest festival this year.

Carpenter, who is a member of the Cattlemen’s Association, said teams will be provided with a sack of groceries, and they will have to create a meal with the contents.

“It can be kind of comical to watch because we always throw in something unusual to see what they do with it,” Carpenter said.

Coming back this year is live entertainment.

“We are still looking for anyone wishing to perform throughout the day leading up the headlining entertainer, John Michael Montgomery,” Tucker said.

Montgomery had a string of hits including “I Swear,” “Sold,” and “The Little Girl.”

For more information about how to sign up to perform during the festival, visit

Tucker said the festival is still accepting applications for vendors who wish to market their items at the festival.

“We would like our local businesses to showcase themselves during the festival,” Tucker said. “That’s why local businesses had a special discount on the booth. We want to create an opportunity for them.”

For more information about booking a vendor booth, contact Melissa Cason at 205-269-9813 or by emailing her at

Tucker said t-shirts are on sale now, and can be purchased at the MEDC office in Monticello, or a the festival.

For full details about the Arkansas Forest Festival, visit

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