I’d like to think we all know the Natural State has some of the best and weirdest festivals ever, especially in our small towns. We celebrate watermelons and pink tomatoes and Toad Suck…but there’s another festival you may not have heard of quite yet, and it might just be the weirdest of them all. Way down in south Arkansas, just six miles from the Louisiana border, you’ll find a tiny town called Emerson. When I say “tiny,” I mean tiny. Fewer than 400 people live in Emerson. Lots and lots of folks from all over show up for Emerson’s not-so-little festival, because the Purple Hull Pea Festival and World Championship Rotary Tiller Race is absolutely one of the most awesome festivals anywhere.

This year (2017) the Purple Hull Pea Festival is happening on June 23 & 24. You can find a full schedule of events and other information at this link.

For more unique Arkansas festivals, you should check out this list of foodie fests and this list of unique fall festivals. By the way, have y’all heard of Toad Suck? They’ve got a whopper of a festival dedicated to that place.

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