Mudbugs, Music and More: Inaugural Delta Crawfish Festival to Benefit Area Youth

Brittney Osborn


Mudbugs, Music and More: Inaugural Delta Crawfish Festival to Benefit Area Youth

Jonesboro is set to sizzle with excitement as the first-ever Delta Crawfish Festival takes center stage on Saturday, April 13, from noon to 11 p.m. at Gambles Home Furnishings’ Courtyard, located in the Farrville curve.

This mouthwatering extravaganza, presented by Jonesboro Business Association, promises a day of feasting, music and community spirit — all aimed at supporting initiatives that empower students of Jonesboro and Northeast Arkansas.

“This festival is going to be a blast,” said Henry Burrell, president and founder of Jonesboro Business Association. “Not only can you enjoy music all day long, an abundance of beverage choices, all the crawfish you can eat and retail booths featuring local vendors, but you can also feel great about supporting a cause that’s helping young people in this community.”

The Delta Crawfish Festival invites the public to savor the finest crawfish delights, provided by The Cajun Café, expertly prepared for this occasion. All-day admission is only $25 per person, which covers all musical performances, a variety of refreshments and festivities galore. Dining opportunities are a la carte, featuring the full crawfish boil experience, as well as other food trucks and vendors.

“It all adds up to a perfect fundraising day filled with fun and flavor,” said Burrell. “Everyone can groove to the rhythm of local talent as this festival brings together an eclectic mix of musicians to grace the stage for a whopping 11 hours of live entertainment.”

Many local artists are slated for main stage performances including Tye Stevens, Elle Eaves, Maestro3000 & The Time Machine, Greasy Tree and the Funk Donors. From soulful tunes to foot-tapping beats, the Delta Crawfish Festival is designed to deliver a music-filled journey that mirrors the vibrant spirit of Jonesboro.

Beyond the entertainment, the Delta Crawfish Festival is a cause-driven event, with all proceeds benefiting the Jonesboro Business Association (JBA). This nonprofit organization is dedicated to empowering children in Jonesboro and Northeast Arkansas to be community-minded, involved in economic development and proactive in finding ways to give back through mentorship and teaching programs.

“Our mission at JBA is to envision a thriving future where every young citizen is equipped with the skills and confidence to achieve their dreams,” said Burrell. “We achieve that by creating partnerships with local school districts, matching caring adult volunteers with referred youth, inspiring pro-social friendships and strong interpersonal skills, and instilling a sense of hope in the future.”

Instrumental in JBA’s progress has been its board of directors and dedicated business partners in the community, Burrell noted. Board Vice President Lynette Hirsch and its treasurer/secretary, Reginald Prunty, along with many local businesses throughout Jonesboro, have made it their mission to make this organization a success from the very beginning.

The event will take place on April 13, from noon to 11 p.m. at Gamble’s Home Furnishing Courtyard, 24 County Road 912 in Jonesboro. To purchase tickets, visit Jonesboro Business Association's website:

The Jonesboro Business Association is dedicated to empowering lives and securing futures by creating a community-driven economic inclusion model that gives youth the resources they need to pursue their dreams. It strives to open doors of opportunity for all, ensuring everyone has access to what they need regardless of circumstances. Its mission is to build stronger communities and create impactful change through programs tailored toward providing young people with mentorship, job skills development, financial literacy initiatives, career coaching services and more. By investing in the future of local youth, the nonprofit organization hopes to create a brighter tomorrow for all.

To learn more about JBA, visit

For additional information on the Jonesboro Business Association or Delta Crawfish Festival, please contact Burrell at (870) 882-4080 or email


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