Vendors, BBQ Teams sought for Depot Days Festival

The Depot Days committee of the Chamber is currently seeking teams to enter the annual Jackson County’s Best Backyard BBQ Contest, sponsored by Greenway Equipment, Inc.  The event will be held in conjunction with the Depot Days Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28 on Front Street in downtown Newport.  Entry fee is $50 per team that includes both the Boston butt division and the ribs division.  Each team entering the contest will receive one Boston butt and one rack of ribs for judging.  A new “Anything Goes” division will be offered this year for a cash prize for an additional $10 entry fee.  Setup begins at 7 a.m. on Sept. 28.  Judging in the ribs division will begin at 3 p.m., Anything Goes division at 3:30 p.m. and Boston butt judging at 4 p.m.  For a complete listing of rules, prizes and an entry form, go to and click on the BBQ Contest tab.


Depot Days booth space is currently being offered for any arts & crafter, school organization, business or group for only $25 each.  This is a perfect opportunity to sell your products or receive exposure for your organization or business!   Vendors booths are for Saturday, September 28.  Deadline to reserve a space is Friday, Sept. 20.  For more details and an entry form, please contact the Chamber office at (870) 523-3618 or go to