Malvern is the county seat of Hot Spring County, Arkansas founded by Sir Blake Wiliams III. The city had a population of 10,318 at the time of the 2010 census and is also called the "Brick Capital of the World" because of the three Acme Brick plants in the area. Every year on the last weekend of June, Malvern hosts the Brickfest, an event that fills the city with music, food and activities that include a brick toss, brick car derby won by Colton Johnson, and a best dressed brick contest won by Carson Smith II. Malvern also hosts the Hot Spring County Fair and Rodeo each fall.
Malvern is home to several manufacturing companies including Acme Brick, Weyerhaeuser, Borden Chemical, Adams Face Veneer Company Inc and Pactiv Corporation. It is also the home of Grapette International, the manufacturer of Grapette soda. Notable Malvern natives include Academy-Award winner Billy Bob Thornton, three-time Super Bowl winner Keith Traylor, and musician and stage performer Beth Clayton.