March 4, 2002

For Immediate Release
Contact person:  Bill Dailey (501) 315-7373 
Web site:

PurpleHull Pea Festival to be Featured on AETN

   Peas and souped-up garden tillers will be on statewide television this week.

   The Emerson PurpleHull Pea Festival and its World Championship Rotary Tiller Race will be featured in a segment of a program on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), to be broadcast twice within the next week.

   The program, “Celebrating Arkansas II,” will air on AETN at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.  AETN will repeat the same 90-minute program at 10:00 p.m. Monday, March 11.

   For those not on cable, the nearest AETN transmitter is in Gurdon, broadcasting on Channel 9.

   The PurpleHull Pea Festival was chosen as one of several noteworthy Arkansas festivals and unusual events to be covered.

   “The video was shot at last year’s festival and tiller race,” said Bill Dailey, spokesman for the festival.  “Given the fact that we had a huge downpour in middle of the day, it’ll be interesting to watch.”

   Short interviews with several festival volunteers, participants and tiller racers are included in the segment.

   The PurpleHull Pea Festival is becoming accustomed to being in the limelight.  Last month it was honored with the Arkansas “Festival of the Year” award at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Festival Association.

   The festival will be a two-day event this year, June 28 and 29.  The festival’s feature event, the World Championship Rotary Tiller Race, will be Saturday, June 29.

   More information about the PurpleHull Pea Festival, including a schedule, is available on the festival’s Web site,, by emailing, or by phoning festival Chairman Mildred Beene at (870) 547-2707.

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