Johnny Cash Music Festival
The Johnny Cash Music Festival, hosted by Arkansas State University, has been named as one of the American Bus Association’s (ABA) 2013 Top 100 Events in North America.
The ABA selected the Cash event as one of the events to watch, which is a new category this year.
Top 100 Events in North America is used as a guide for people such as travel professionals and the general public. It is designed to come in handy when planning group tours and vacations.
“We are honored that our festival has been named an Event to Watch for 2013 by the American Bus Association, which we consider a significant partner for the future success of our Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project,” said Dr. Ruth Hawkins, executive director of Arkansas State University’s Arkansas Heritage Sites and the driving force behind the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home restoration program. “We are especially grateful to our friends at the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism who have promoted our festival as a motor-coach friendly event.”
The Cash family is working with Arkansas State to develop the annual Johnny Cash Music Festival, with proceeds each year going to restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and the establishment of a museum. The university acquired the original Cash homeplace in Dyess and restoration of the structure is underway. The university also plans the establishment of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Museum in the New Deal Era Administration Building at Dyess.