Thursday, August 23, 2007
Big Kudzu Festival in works
By SUE WATSON
The August meeting of the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors dealt with financial concerns and the upcoming Kudzu Festival in October.
The board said equity in the chamber building is being used as collateral for cash-flow purposes because a large number of members are not current on their dues. Membership (active and inactive) hovers around 200. Those who are not current on their dues could help the chamber by bringing them current, according to executive director Susan Jordan.
The Kudzu Festival this fall will be held in downtown Holly Springs with hope of stimulating downtown business, tax revenues, and adding some cash to the chamber of commerce coffers.
Board member Ronnie Luther, who has many years of experience in helping with fund-raisers, said the barbecue cookoff will boost the local economy.
“Each team will spend about $10,000 and will pull in about 25 people to come eat with them,” Luther said.
The drive to draw cooking teams from a 300-mile radius is on, he said.
Entertainment will focus on local talent this year with a gospel music explosion set for Thursday night and organized by Rev. R.J. Wilson and Lavora Blake. Marshall County has a rich talent to draw on in the many popular church choirs and bands.
There will be competition this year in the Gospel music explosion with cash prizes and trophies given to winners.
Friday night will feature country music, again with local and regional talent abundantly available.
Judging of the barbecue cookoff will take place Saturday and entertainment for the day features a salute to local blues greats, the late R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. As Mississippi Hill Country Blues is on the comeback, festival goers can look forward to both present day blues tunes and those of yesteryear of international renown.
All interested in lining up a spot on the stage, renting vendor space, or volunteering to help with the festival may contact Jordan at the chamber of commerce at 662-252-2943 or Luther at 901-412-3519.
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