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Newport is located in Jackson County (of which it is the county seat) southwest of Jonesboro between Jacksonport and Amagon along Hwy 14 on the banks of the White River near DeView Bayou.

The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 6,763, a decrease of 696 since 1990.

Popular attractions in the Newport area include: Arnett's Doll Museum, Iron Mountain Depot, Jackson Memorial Museum of Funeral Service, Jacksonport State Park, Pearls Unique.

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Arkansas Scottish Festival Batesville AR April13-14 Located on the campus of Bates College, the festival kicks off with a celtic concert on Friday night and include bagpipe contests and highland dancing competitions.
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.
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.
Memphis Italian Festival Memphis TN May30-June1 A little taste of Italy, right here in Memphis.
National Championship Chuckwagon Races Clinton AR August31-September2 Chuckwagon Races, Snowy River Race, bronc fanning, music, concerts, camping, trail riding, western trade show, horse and mule clinics, seminars, and barn dances.
Arkansas Rice Festival Weiner AR October11-12 Observing the rich heritage of rice farming in Arkansas and celebrating harvest. See and old time rice threshing demonstration and the youth duck calling contest.