Paragould Culture

Paragould Collins Theater

The Collins Theater Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, was created in 1990 to transform the downtown Collins Theatre into a modern community arts center. It is also responsible for the theatres day-to-day maintenance and management.

The Collins Theater, formerly the Capitol Theater, was constructed in 1925. It has a proud history in the community and provided a wide range of entertainment, from Broadway shows to vaudeville performances, and on to first-run movies.

The Collins is now being used by the community for a wide range of cultural and general entertainment events - beauty pageants, fashion shows, dramatic plays, summer musicals and revues, children’s theatre events, and music performances spanning a wide spectrum of genres.

Paragould Collins Theater


Crowley's Ridge State Park

Crowley’s Ridge State Park is located atop the forested hills that cross northeast Arkansas, Crowley’s Ridge State Park occupies the former homestead of Benjamin Crowley, whose family first settled this area.

Native log and stone structures, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, set the mood for this park’s rustic warmth. Park facilities include a group lodging area featuring five bunk cabins, a kitchen/dining hall and bathouse; four fully equipped, modern duplex cabins with kitchens (in two duplex units); 26 campsites (18 Class B and eight Tent Sites); picnic areas, snack bar, trails, standard pavilions, baseball field, 31-acre fishing lake (electric motors only), and a 3 ½-acre swimming lake. The park offers fishing boat, kayak, and pedal boat rentals. Interpretive programs are offered here throughout the year.

Crowley's Ridge State Park


Lake Frierson State Park

Atop the unique landform of rolling hills called Crowley's Ridge, the shore of 335-acre Lake Frierson is a peaceful place to relax and enjoy the year-round fishing for bream, catfish, crappie, saugeye, and bass. The park's natural beauty is enhanced each spring when wild dogwoods bloom throughout the park.

Park facilities include campsites (four Class C with water and electric hookups, and three Class D with no hookups) with tables and grills, restrooms, picnic sites, an enclosed climate-controlled pavilion, playground, self-guided trail, launch ramp, barrier-free fishing pier, and visitor center with interpretive exhibits. The park also offers rental fishing boats, kayaks, and pedal boats.

Lake Frierson State Park


Greene County Historical and Genealogicial Society

The Greene County Historical and Genealogical Society was organized in 1987. Its purpose is to preserve and publish Greene County history and to educate the public about Greene County history and families. Planned future publications include a probate index, obituaries, gleanings from the Paragould Soliphone, and a directory of Greene County churches – past and present.

The Research Center allows the public to explore their family’s heritage through the 140 books on display and the numerous rolls of microfilm, microfiche, periodicals, and computer disks. For more information about the Historical Society or to support their endeavors through your time or a tax deductible donation, call (870) 240-8944, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Research Center at 212 W. Court St. in downtown Paragould.

Greene County Historical and Genealogicial Society


KASU’s Bluegrass Monday Concerts

On the fourth Monday night of each month, KASU presents the “Bluegrass Monday” concert series at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould. Shows begin at 7:00 p.m.

The concerts feature acclaimed bluegrass musicians from across the country. Past performers include Larry Stephenson, Valerie Smith, Nothin’ Fancy, Eddie & Martha Adcock, the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, David Parmley & Continental Divide, Special Consensus, Monroe Crossing, and many more.

KASU’s Bluegrass Monday Concerts


Delta Symphony

The Delta Symphony Orchestra is the only professional symphony in the Northeast Arkansas Delta region. The Delta Symphony performs three concerts annually in the Fowler Center on Arkansas State University campus plus an additional 4th concert in Batesville, AR. The Delta Symphony has been entertaining, educating, and enriching this community for more than thirty years.

Special Projects:
  • Young Artists Concerto Competition: Talented young musicians audition for an opportunity to perform solos with the Delta Symphony.
  • Adopt a School program: Orchestra members visit selected schools
  • Community Service Performances: Orchestra chamber ensembles perform free concerts for retirement centers, nursing homes and community events.

Delta Symphony


Crowley’s Ridge Raceway

Crowley's Ridge Raceway is a quarter mile clay oval track located just southwest of Paragould. Each Saturday night during the summer families enjoy the thrills and spills of dirt track racing. The track has been in operation for over 25 years and specialize in weekend family fun.

Crowley’s Ridge Raceway


Recreational Hunting & Fishing

The Paragould region offers a variety of recreational hunting and fishing opportunities. Turkey, deer, quail, rabbit, squirrel, waterfowl, and fishing are among the most notable game in the area. Places such as Cattail Marsh WMA, Dave Donaldson Black River WMA, Frierson WMA, St. Francis Sunken Lands WMA, or W.E. Brewer Scatter Creek WMA offer public areas for wildlife hunting and recreational fishing.

Recreational Hunting & Fishing


Golf Courses

Paragould holds two beautiful golf courses for your playing pleasure. The Paragould Country is a private facility featuring 007 bentgrass greens and bermuda fairways. The Fox Hills Country club offers a 9-hole course.


Midsouth Culture

Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center

Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro offers visitors the chance to experience and explore a unique piece of North America and its wildlife. Inside the center, exhibits reveal both the natural forces that formed the 200-mile-long ridge and native wildlife, ranging from large game animals to small insects. In addition to self-guided exhibits and trails, Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center offers activities and nature education programs.

Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center is open:
  • Tuesday – Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday from 1 pm – 5pm

Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center


Hemingway - Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott, Arkansas, is an Arkansas State University Heritage site and a part of the National Historic Register. The museum includes the family home of Ernest Hemingway’s second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, whose parents, Paul and Mary, were prominent citizens in Northeast Arkansas, as well as a barn-studio associated with Hemingway.

In the 1930s, the barn was converted into a studio so that Hemingway could write there, and it was there he wrote many of his short stories and portions of A Farewell to Arms. The properties have been renovated, focusing on the 1930s era. Areas of emphasis for Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center include literature of the period, 1930s world events, agriculture and family lifestyles, family relationships and development of Northeast Arkansas during the Depression and New Deal eras.

Regular visitors' hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 3:00, Monday thru Friday, Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. All tours begin on the hour. The last tour of the day is at 3:00 p.m.

Hemingway - Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center


Fowler Center and Bradbury Gallery

The Fowler Center is Northeast Arkansas’s home for the arts. Its professional programming includes the Fowler Center Series, which has featured a diverse selection of internationally acclaimed performers such as Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Maynard Ferguson, the Peking Acrobats, Rockapella, and the Vienna Boys Choir, among others. The Fowler Center also hosts the ASU Department of Theatre plays and the Department of Music concerts. In addition, the Fowler Center hosts a family friendly series.

Fowler Center and Bradbury Gallery


Arkansas State University Museum

The ASU Museum is a unique learning center that transcends traditional educational forums in both delivery and impact. Programs and exhibits are regionally focused, celebrating Arkansas history, while engaging youth in the arts and sciences and bringing meaningful educational programs to visitors of all ages. The Museum is also Arkansas’ leading “teaching museum”—a professional learning stage for students who work in collections and produce exhibitions as part of formal curriculum taught by the Museum’s staff. The ASU Museum has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1973.  It is a member of the Arkansas Discovery Network funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, bringing innovative discovery learning to Arkansas youth.  

Closed Mondays and Major Holidays

Museum hours:
  • Tuesday: 9:00 am. - 7:00 pm.
  • Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 am. - 5:00 pm.
  • Saturday: 9:00 am. - 5:00 pm.
  • Sunday: 1:00 pm. - 5:00 pm.

Arkansas State University Museum


Historic Dyess Colony – Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash

The Dyess Colony was created in 1934 as part of the President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal to aid in the nation’s economic recovery from the Great Depression.  As a federal agricultural resettlement community, it provided a fresh start for a nearly 500 impoverished Arkansas farm families, including the family of legend Johnny Cash.

The colony has been resurrected through restoration of several historic buildings that opened to visitors in August 2014.  The Dyess Colony Administration Building houses exhibits related to establishment of the colony, lifestyles of typical colonists, and the impact that growing up in Dyess had on Johnny Cash and his music.  The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home is furnished as it appeared when the Cash family lived there.

Admission is $10 and includes both buildings.

Hours:
  • Tuesday - Saturday: 9:00 am. - 3:00 pm.

All tours start at the Administration Building, 108 Center Drive

Historic Dyess Colony – Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash


Arkansas State Convocation Center

The Convocation Center at Arkansas State University opened in 1987.  Located in Jonesboro, the Convocation Center serves a tri-state market area of 500,000 including nearly 14,000 university students.  With the versatility to host events ranging from small lectures to large conventions, concerts, sporting events and expos, the Convo seats 10,252 for concerts (up to 11,209 for concerts in the round) and 10,038 for basketball games. The Convo regularly hosts various university activities, but has also been home to rodeos, horse shows, truck and tractor pulls, ice shows, circuses, sports shows, trade shows, concerts, and a wide variety of indoor athletic events.

Arkansas State Convocation Center


The Orpheum Theatre

The Orpheum Theatre is located in Memphis, about an hour and fifteen minutes from Paragould. Managed by the Memphis Development Foundation, The Orpheum presents two seasons of Broadway tours each year, and, on an average annual basis, has presented more Broadway touring productions than any other theater in the country. Entertainers such as Cary Grant, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Kenny G, Chuck Mangione, Stacy Keach, Patti LaBelle, Robert Goulet, Dorothy Hamill, Harry Connick Jr., Tom Jones, and the Vienna Boys Choir. The Orpheum also features performances from Ballet Memphis and Opera Memphis.

The Orpheum Theatre


Auto Zone Park

The Memphis Redbirds, LLC are the Triple-A affiliate of the 11 time World Champion St. Louis Cardinals.  The club was founded in 1998 and added to the Pacific Coast League as an expansion team.  Since joining the Pacific Coast League, the club has won four division titles and two league championships.  The Memphis Redbirds are owned and operated by the St. Louis Cardinals.  In 2009, the stadium was named Minor League Ballpark of the Year by Baseball America.  AutoZone Park has a seating capacity of 14,384 and has one of the largest screens in minor league baseball.  It is located 127 feet (39 m) above the play field, giving a view of the board to many areas of downtown Memphis.

Auto Zone Park


Fed Ex Forum

FedExForum is an arena located in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. It is the home of the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA and the NCAA Division I men's basketball program of the University of Memphis. It is capable of seating 18,119 for basketball. The Fed Ex Forum also hosts an array of concerts and events throughout the year.

FedEx Forum was designed with a uniquely Memphis theme.  With a location on the historic Beale Street and the fact that Memphis is the “Home of the Blues, Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll” the theme of Memphis Music was an obvious choice.  The theme showcases the rich history of music and demonstrates the continuing production and development of new music in Memphis.  Throughout the arena, guests can admire images of original art featuring regional artists whose work interprets music of the region.

Fed Ex Forum


Beale Street

Beale Street is a street in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, which runs from the Mississippi River to East Street, a distance of approximately 1.8 miles. It is a significant location in the city's history, as well as in the history of the blues. Today, the blues clubs, restaurants, and shops that line Beale Street are major tourist attractions in Memphis. Festivals and outdoor concerts periodically bring large crowds to the street and its surrounding areas.

Beale Street


Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo, located in Midtown Memphis, Tennessee, United States, is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. Created in April 1906, the zoo has been a major tenant of Overton Park for more than 100 years. The land currently designated to the Memphis Zoo was defined by the Overton Park master plan in 1988, it is owned by the City of Memphis. The zoo is set on 76 acres, of which approximately 55 acres are developed.

Memphis Zoo


Graceland

Graceland is a mansion on a 13.8-acre estate in Memphis, Tennessee that was home to Elvis Presley. It currently serves as a museum. It was opened to the public on June 7, 1982. The site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1991 and declared a National Historic Landmark on March 27, 2006. Graceland has become one of the most-visited private homes in America with over 600,000 visitors a year, behind the White House. The most famous icon of the estate is the front gate, shaped like a book of sheet music, with green colored musical notes and a silhouette of Elvis, designed and built by Abe Sauer owner of Tennessee Fabricating Company. 

Graceland