Thursday, June 2, 2005

Kudzu Festival starts Thursday


Mississippi’s 17th annual Kudzu Festival, highlighted by a carnival, gospel jamboree and rodeo, will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 2-4, at Thomas Arena in Holly Springs.

The festival, sponsored by the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, includes a new midway with many fun and exciting rides and games. Thursday and Friday are arm band nights. Arm bands will be available for unlimited rides at $12 a night between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.

The official opening of the Kudzu Festival is at 5 p.m. Thursday, with the carnival (C&M Southern Midways) running from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Registration for the gospel jamboree is at 6 p.m. Thursday, with the jamboree starting at 7 p.m.

On Friday, the carnival is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and the J Bar B Rodeo in the Thomas Arena, sponsored by First State Bank, starts at 7 p.m.

On Saturday night, again the carnival runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., with the rodeo again set for 7 p.m.

Children ages 6 and under are admitted free to the festival each night. Admission Thursday night is $3; Friday and Saturday, $8 for ages 12 and over and $5 for children 11 and under. The rodeo is included in the admission prices.

Souvenir t-shirts will be available – $15 for adults and $12 for children. The festival also includes specialty food vendors, kudzu basket weaving demonstrations and more. There will be fun for the entire family.

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