Thursday, February 8, 2007
Festival organizers draw up plans
By SUE WATSON
Kudzu and Clydesdale festival organizers are pounding the pavement early this year to put together successful events for charitable causes.
The Kudzu Festival will be held in October on- and off-square in downtown Holly Springs, according to Susan Jordan, executive director of the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce.
This year’s Kudzu for the first time in about five years will offer a barbecue competition. A carnival and rodeo and arts and craft festival, and gospel music entertainment will be held as usual.
The Byhalia Clydesdale Festival is also being scheduled for the summer with proceeds going to the Clydesdale Christmas Store and parking proceeds going to the Warsaw and Byhalia fire departments, according to Ronnie Luther with the Clydesdale committee.
Arrangements for both festivals are ongoing with not all events scheduled but the public can look forward to some of the following entertainment.
Kudzu Festival October 24-27
The Kudzu Festival, which historically has taken place in the summer, is scheduled to coincide with the weekend that has for three years been reserved for the Harvest Fest in Holly Springs. And one day of festivities has been added to make Kudzu a four-day blast, beginning with family night on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
Back this year after a short hiatus is the PBJ Happee Days Carnival and the Moby Dick ride, said Jordan. The carnival is to be set up around the inner square immediately surrounding the east, north and west inside parking lots at the courthouse lawn. No businesses will be blocked, Jordan said.
Luther said the Kudzu committee will talk with merchants to see what they may want and how they want to participate in the festival.
“The whole premise is to bring business downtown,” Luther said.
He said bringing back the barbecue cook-off competition in conjunction with bands should build participation this year on Friday and Saturday nights.
There will be limited access to the barbecue area by requiring the purchase of a ticket to get closer to the barbecue and the big bands. Blues bands are going to be scheduled Friday night and country music bands on Saturday.
Off square in the Spring Hollow Park area, J Bar B Rodeo will perform also on Friday and Saturday nights, once again offering family entertainment.
A 5-K run may be scheduled to coincide with Saturday morning activities.
Admission to arts and crafts on the courthouse lawn and to the carnival will be free. Tickets for carnival rides must be purchased.
Lisa Cole is in charge of the arts and crafts committee.
Although the August Primary Election will be over, there has been some interest in holding a political rally, Jordan said.
Proceeds from the Kudzu Festival benefit the chamber of commerce.
Byhalia Clydesdale Festival June 22-24
Luther said arrangements are being made to have big bands at this year’s festival.
Thursday night will be family night with the sale of unlimited carnival rides by the wristband method.
Friday and Saturday will offer once again lots of musical entertainment and a rodeo featuring J Bar B.
Luther said he hopes to contract with Gabby Johnson Band for the Friday night headliner and T. Graham Brown has already agreed to be the headliner for Saturday night.
Once again this year Clydesdale will offer a baking competition and a sanctioned 5-K run in Byhalia is being planned.
All proceeds from the festival go to the Clydesdale Christmas Store which served over 350 families last year.
Anyone with questions or suggestions on how to plan or participate in the festivals may call Susan Jordan and the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce at 662-252-2943 regarding the Kudzu event and Ronnie Luther at 901-412-3519 for the Clydesdale event.
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