There's lots to see at
the PurpleHull Pea
Festival - but
undoubtedly the
highlight is the
World Championship
Rotary Tiller Race.

Festival History



2019 Schedule of Events

The 2019 PurpleHull Pea Festival & World Championship Rotary Tiller Race will begin at 6:00 p.m., June 28 and continue through June 29.  Please note a few events will occur prior to the weekend of the actual festival.  Here's the current schedule.  Please check back for any updates:

The Blessing of the PurpleHull Pea Crop was Saturday, June 8, at 5:00, at the Emerson School Garden, located just northwest of old Emerson School gymnasium.

The PurpleHull Pageant was Saturday, June 22, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Kids Fishing Derby was the morning of June 22 on Mullins Pond, just off U.S. 79, on the north side of Emerson. Registration will be 7:00 to 8:00 a.m., fishing will be from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Peoples Bank PurpleHull Pea Festival Treasure Hunt begins with the first clue Monday morning, June 24, continuing with a new clue each morning until found. Clues available on KZHE, KVMA, the festival's Facebook page, and

Now, for the 2019 festival schedule:

NOTE: This schedule is still subject to change.  Check back often.

Friday, June 28, 2019:

5:30 to 7:00 Emerson Fire Department fish fry, served at the Emerson Fire Department. Includes fish, fries and hushpuppies. Tickets on sale now for $10.

6:00 p.m.:
Festival begins with the "Cranking of the Tillers" ceremony, featuring Kallee Harrison singing the National Anthem..

6:30 to 9:15 p.m.: Entertainment - Gospel in Cafetorium.

9:15 p.m.: Pea-tacular Fireworks Show Begins

Saturday, June 29, 2019 :

All Day, beginning at 8:00 a.m.: Arts & Crafts

Beginning at 8:00 a.m.:
Festival's Farmers Market near Emerson School greenhouse.

All Day, beginning at 8:00 a.m.:
Food vendors

8:00 a.m
. Tractor Show check in

9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. PurpleHull Antique Car Show

9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. PurpleHull Pea Festival Quilt Show at Emerson United Methodist Church, 203 Church St.

9:00 a.m. Tractor Exhibitions begin

9:00 a.m.
The Big Daddy's Hot Water Cornbread Great PurpleHull Peas & Cornbread Cook OffBring your best PurpleHull Peas and Cornbread dish and earn for yourself a place in PurpleHull cooking history. Have your dish there by 9:00 a.m.  Judging begins at 9:30.

9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Silent Auction in Cafetorium

10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The Silver Belles Dancers in Cafetorium

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  PurpleHull Pea Meals in Cafetorium

11:00 a.m. Kids Potato Pickup (for kids 12 and under - near tiller track)

11:15 a.m. World Cup PurpleHull Pea Shelling Competition

11:00 a.m.
to 6:00 p.m. LifeShare Bloodmobile accepting donations.

1:00 p.m.
The world renown Million Tiller Parade..

2;00 p.m.
Antique Car Show awards presentation.

3:00 p.m.
The 200 World Championship Rotary Tiller Race.

6:00 p.m. 
The "Bad Boys Riblet Cook Off" starts serving.  Plates are $10.

5:00 pm.
- 8:00 pm  The finale - The Pea-Stompin' Street Dance.featuring an old favorite at the festival - the Cummins Prison Band!  If you're an Arkansas tax payer, this is your band.  Come out and support them, and enjoy some great music!


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