It might be chilly outdoors this weekend but hopefully next weekend things will be different when the "17th Annual Whistlestop Festival" returns to Ashdown, Arkansas May 10-11.There will be plenty of live music and entertainment, lots of children's activities, a kid's carnival, catfish cookoff, pancake breakfast, a 10k run and half marathon, a farmer's market , and an antique car show. The highlight of this event is the Miss Whistlestop Pageant. For more information go to

Don't miss the "17th annual Whistlestop Festival" Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 Downtown Ashdown (16 miles north of Texarkana).  Admission to the festival is FREE.