Southeast Arkansas communities among those awarded by Arkansas Delta Byways

The 13th annual Delta Awards recognizing tourism achievements in Eastern Arkansas were presented during festivities Friday at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas in Helena.

The event was sponsored by Arkansas Delta Byways, the nonprofit association recognized by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism as the official tourism promotion association for 15 counties in Eastern Arkansas.

Southeast Arkansas winners included Mark Spencer of Monticello, a finalist for the media support award; AR Midland Railroad Santra Train of Drew, Desha and Chicot counties, finalist for the tourism support award; Main Street Dumas National Historic District, finalist for the promotional award; Arkansas Post Museum State Park exhibit buildings, Gillette, finalist for the cultural heritage award; Lakeport Plantation exhibits, Lake Village, finalist for the cultural heritage award; and Cindy Smith of McGehee, winner of the tourism person of the year award.

Arkansas Delta Byways is located on the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro and receives administrative support through Arkansas State University’s Arkansas Heritage Sites Office.

Counties that participate in the association include Arkansas, Chicot, Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Drew, Greene, Lee, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett and St. Francis.

Details: 870-972-2803.