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Monticello is located in Drew County (of which it is the county seat) south of Star City between Montongo and Lacey along Hwy 425 near the Saline River, Seven Devils Swamp and Cut-off Creek.

The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 8,316, an increase of 197 since 1990.

Popular attractions in the Monticello area include: Drew County Historical Museum, Monticello Confederate Monument, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Turner Neal Museum of Natural History, Lake Monticello (1,520-acre lake that is rapidly gaining a reputation as a trophy bass lake), and the Pomeroy Planetarium.

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02/21 Coming to The area
World Catfish Festival Belzoni MS April6 This whiskers and fin festival held every April celebrates the world's largest catfish fry. Bands ranging from Gospel, Country, to Rock-n-Roll and Blues! Free Kids Zone!
Arkansas Literary Festival Little Rock AR April18-21 The tenth anniversary gathering with events on both sides of the river. Featuring well known authors Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.
World Famous Armidillo Festival Hamburg AR May1-4 The World Famous Armidillo Festival takes place on Hamburg's town square and the surrounding blocks. Local bands play on Friday night of the festival and all day Saturday to ensure your weekend is the best.
Riverfest Little Rock AR May24-26 Riverfest is a celebration of visual and performing arts that is held annually over Memorial Day weekend on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock.
Louisiana Peach Fest Ruston LA June21-22 The fun begins on Friday in Ruston’s historic Railroad Park at 6:30 p.m. with Dixie Tradition, followed by a return festival appearance by Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band at 8:30 p.m.
Hope Watermelon Festival Hope AR August9-11 Watermelon Olympics, melon judging and auction, watermelon eating contest, seed spitting contest, melon toss, antique engine show, entertainment and SW Arkansas' largest arts and crafts show.