October 20, 2005

Country music gala to aid Katrina victims

By SUE WATSON
Staff Writer

Marshall Countians are once again stepping up to the plate to help families who lost their homes during Hurricane Katrina — a major hurricane that wiped out communities on the Gulf Coast in late August.

The Clydesdale Christmas Store is teaming up with Southern Rides magazine and the Collins/Hurdle VFW Post to put on an afternoon of musical entertainment Saturday, Oct. 29.

All proceeds will go directly to families in the Waveland area who lost their homes to the hurricane, now touted as one of the worst on record to hit the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast.

Emerging talent in the music industry — vocalists and comedians — and nine established bands are lined up for the day, according to Ronnie Luther, with the Clydesdale Christmas Store.

“We have major talent coming in,” said Luther. “This will be some of the best entertainment ever in Marshall County.”

Talent scouts from Nashville are also coming. All entertainers are performing free to add to the fundraising effort.

Eight acres behind the VFW post will be used for guests and a stage.

Food will be available for purchase at the VFW with the proceeds from food sales going to the VFW’s relief fund.

This year’s proceeds will all go to helping families get reestablished and to purchase toys for children in the Waveland area, Luther said. The Clydesdale committee decided this year to put all its annual proceeds toward helping victims of Katrina instead of providing toys locally.

“Money will go directly to people who lost everything,” Luther said. “We will hand deliver checks from the Clydesdale Store and give out toys to the kids the second Saturday in December.”

In addition to nine bands, four from Nashville, the festival will include antique car and motorcycle shows.

Public admission to the big event is $10.

An entry in the antique car show is $40 and includes two admission tickets. Motorcycle entry costs $20 and includes two admission tickets.

Tickets for the car and motorcycle show can be purchased Saturday at the festival. The antique car and motorcycle show begins at 11 a.m.

The VFW color guard will kick off the live musical entertainment portion of the day at 1 p.m. with showtime on stage set for 2 p.m. The celebration concludes at 11:30 p.m.

Parking on the VFW grounds is $2 per car with proceeds to go to the Holly Springs High School Jr.ROTC.

Bill Janssen, VFW evemt committee chairman, said festival goers should bring blankets and lawn chairs but no coolers or food. Barbcue, hot dogs, hamburgers, sweet cakes and drinks will be sold by the VFW with proceeds to go to replinish the relief fund.

“We are looking for 800 to 1,000 people,” said Janssen. “Traffic control will be provided by the Holly Springs Police Department and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.

“We hope to make this an annual event people can look forward to every year. It’s (Clydesdale Christmas Store) is such a worthwilhe cause even if it is just for Christmas for the children.”

For further information contact Luther at 1-662-895-2828 or 1-901-412-3519 or the VFW at 252-9838 or 252-9995.


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