Ron Cates, CEO of Cates & Company, is hoping that his festival will attract hundreds of people to Pine Bluff this weekend, making a lasting impression and creating many return visits to the city. The DeltaMade Music and Maker Festival will take place from 2-9 p.m. Saturday at Harbor Oaks Golf Course at 1 Harbor Oaks Drive in Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park. Cates aims to attract at least 1,000 people and isn’t charging for the event.
“We are putting it on to highlight local people,” Cates said. “We are pushing Pine Bluff as the gateway to the Delta. We have vendors who make local products. Vendors will display their wares. We are highlighting the Delta region and what there is to do here.”
“I would stress you hear people say there is nothing to do in Pine Bluff,” Cates said. “Come to our events. When it is time to support our events, come to our events. What is the purpose of going to all this work if people do not come to our events? This brings money into our towns. These events fill up hotels.
“We have all kinds of activities to do. We try to involve the whole city and work with the Advertising and Promotion Commission.”
He provided a press release with the following details of the festival.
“The DeltaMade program is an educational and marketing cooperative program for the makers of the Delta Region of Arkansas that Communities Unlimited and Local First Arkansas are working to bring back to life,” Cates said in a press release. “DeltaMade is an investment in people, places, and culture of the Delta Region of Arkansas for purposes of wealth creation, sustainability, thrivability and resiliency. The goal is to incorporate the local makers into the economy by giving them access to resources to grow their craft into a revenue-generating opportunity, bring awareness to the significance of their contribution to the individual communities by bringing exposure to uniqueness and culture of the region, and to learn stories of how culture shaped the makers and unique development opportunities of this region.
“Through a partnership between Smoke on the Water Productions and Local First Arkansas, the inaugural DeltaMade festival will be an all-day and family-friendly event with all the artists, musicians, and vendors who are from or currently living in the Delta Region of Arkansas,” Cates said in the press release. “There will be all-local art/craft vendors, food trucks, Arkansas craft beer from Lost 40 and Buffalo Brewing, live music, performing art from Arkansas Circus Arts and Paul Prater, independent businesses/nonprofit booths, Parade of Paws(Pine Bluff Animal Shelter), inflatables(Pine Bluff Police Department), chicken wing cook-off (Smoke on the Water Productions), and the Sheriff’s department will be there to do ID cards for children.”
Cates asks people to follow his event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DeltaMadeFest/. To register for the Chicken Wing Cook-off hosted by Smoke on the Water Productions, go to https://goo.gl/forms/kP20CVDIlS81oYFJ2.
“We plan to hold Delta Made Festivals around the Delta. We plan to bring back Smoke on the Water in April 2018 in Regional Park,” Cates said. “We finally have the cooperation of the city. I am bringing back the festival that drew 25,000 people in Regional Park. We expect 200 barbecue teams. We are working with city leaders. With the Go Forward Pine Bluff initiative it feels like we are turning the corner. We decided this year to call it Delta Made.”
These bands are scheduled to play at these times at the Delta Made Festival:
*Sarah Cecil: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
*PB Dance Academy: 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
*Bluesboy Jag: 3:40 p.m. to 4 p.m.
*Charlotte Taylor & Gypsy Rain: 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
*Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.