Johnny Cash Heritage Festival
Oct. 19-21, 2017
Building on Success
The Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess opened in August 2014, thanks largely to sponsorships and proceeds from a series of Johnny Cash Music Festivals held at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro, beginning in 2011. We are proud to build on that success by expanding the festival beyond music to include the New Deal heritage that is part of the Dyess and Johnny Cash stories. Additionally, we are relocating the festival to Dyess and moving to a three-day format that includes music, public presentations, regional arts and crafts, and demonstrations.
In the short time that this Arkansas State University Heritage Site has been open, we have seen a steady growth in visitorship and benefits to Mississippi County and the region.
We hope you will join us in making the next phases of this project a reality.
The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home has a major economic impact on the entire northeast Arkansas region, with visitors seeking overnight accommodations in Osceola, Blytheville, Marion, West Memphis and Jonesboro, along with visiting restaurants, shops, and other attractions while in the area.
All sponsors receive:
- Company name or logo on comprehensive three-day Johnny Cash Heritage Festival printed schedule
- Company name or logo on festival website and social media
- Signage (banner or poster) in the Dyess Colony Circle and at the Cotton Field Concert
Presenting Sponsor: $25,000
- Company name or logo on promotional and advertising material for the Cotton Field Concert
- 10 complimentary VIP tickets for the Cotton Field Music Concert
Diamond Sponsor: $10,000
- Company name or logo on promotional and informational material for the Cotton Field Concert
- 10 complimentary tickets for chair seating at the Cotton Field Music Concert
Platinum Sponsor: $5,000
- Company name or logo displayed during the Saturday Featured Public Presentation in the Dyess Circle
- 6 complimentary tickets for chair seating at the Cotton Field Music Concert
Gold Sponsor: $3,500
- Company name or logo displayed in conjunction with the “Memories of a Lifetime Project” during the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival
Silver Sponsor: $2,500
- Company name or logo displayed in conjunction with the award-winning WPA documentary, The River
Bronze Sponsor: $1,000
- Company name or logo displayed in conjunction with a public presentation session
Additional Project Phases
Cash Farmstead Outbuildings
Add barn, smokehouse, chicken coop and privy, along with relocating a former colony house to adjacent site to serve as a facility for maintenance/security.
Convert remaining historic structure in the Colony Circle for classrooms, research and archives.
Walk the Line Trail
Walking/biking trail between Cash Home and Colony Center, with interpretive panels along the route.
Artisans Cooperative and Cannery
Rebuild former cooperative store in Colony Circle to serve as community cooperative for marketing local arts and crafts, homegrown fruits and vegetables, etc. Offer lessons on canning and preserving to visitors with opportunity to take products home.
Arkansas State University Heritage Sites
P. O. Box 2050
State University, AR 72467
Phone: (870) 972-2803
Fax: (870) 972-3200