Sunday, September 16, 2012

Beatles at the "Ridge

I wish I had remembered about this sooner, because the event is taking place this weekend.

Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, is the home region of my family, although it's technically a bit more complicated. They're all Arkansas born and bred, but Walnut Ridge/Hoxie (they're twin, bordering cities) was where they largely settled down.

They had a very brief moment with the Beatles on tour, as you'll see from the article. They flew on briefly at the Walnut Ridge airport back in the early 60s. Although they didn't play in "the Ridge," they did fly out of the airport again when their holiday in Missouri was over, and spent a bit of time with fans. Walnut Ridge is on the so-called "Rock and Roll Highway," U.S. Route 67. It's called that because so many early rock figures like Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and others traveled that highway often to get to gigs.

Walnut Ridge has built a little tourist attraction themed on the Beatles brief visit, and the Rock and Roll Highway. Do stop by if you're driving through the area. It's a great little area if you like peace and quiet, good fishing, friendly folks, the nearby scenery of the Ozarks, and a host of other attractions. The food is great too, if you like Southern cooking. And I do.

Monday update: Here is an update from KAIT on the celebrations.

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