Quality of life is a southern obsession, and historic Phillips County pursues it passionately. One example is the Warfield Concert Series which through a generous posthumous gift provides seven to nine free concerts each year, all held in the Lily Peter Auditorium of Phillips County Community College. This concert series features talent from all over the world such as the Vienna Boys Choir, Roberta Peters, and Van Cliburn.
Such blues greats as Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Junior Lockwood, and Robert Nighthawk have been broadcast on the “King Biscuit Time” radio program originating from radio station KFFA in Helena since 1941. Now, each October, the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival brings in blues fans from around the world for the largest free blues festival anywhere.
The Delta Cultural Center is located in downtown Helena on the western bank of the Mississippi River. Helena is one of the oldest Mississippi River settlements, serving as a hub for trade and commerce in the Delta region, which is defined both geographically and culturally by the fertile soil of the river plain. The center collects, preserves, interprets, and presents the culture and heritage of the people of the Arkansas Delta.
The Delta Cultural Center is housed in several historic buildings in downtown Helena. The “Heritage of Determination” exhibit is in the restored 1912 Missouri Pacific train depot and the “Delta Sounds” exhibit and temporary exhibits are in the Visitors Center, located in two renovated train stations on Cherry Street, Helena’s main business street.
Phillips County has some of the finest outdoor recreation available anywhere. Located in a hunting and fishing paradise, our area is truly a sportsman’s dream. There are ample facilities for both boating and camping, and nearby are state parks, national forests, whitewater rivers and the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Mississippi Delta land has always been favored for all kinds of hunting, from white tailed deer, to duck and dove, rabbit, turkey and squirrel. The St. Francis National Forest and Wildlife Refuge offer wildlife protection and management.
If golf is your passion, Helena has two challenging courses, one owned by the city and another operated by the Country Club.
Phillips County’s climate is sub-tropical with hot summers and mild winters. The mean annual temperature is 63 degrees, with an average daily maximum of 72 degrees and an average daily minimum of 52 degrees. The average total annual precipitation is approximately 51 inches with only light amounts of snow, sleet and hail.