Thursday, May 29, 2008
By SUE WATSON
The Byhalia Clydesdale Festival will keep some old attractions and add a few new ones this year, according to Ronnie Luther with the Clydesdale Christmas Store committee.
The annual festival is now the main money maker for the Christmas Store charity that provides toys and clothes for hundreds of area children who otherwise would miss Ole Saint Nick.
Now in its third year, the three-day festival June 19-21 has Little Texas scheduled for Saturday night on stage. Bringing this country musical group to the festival takes lots of sponsors of the festival and also participation at events and at the gate.
This year a car show has been added for Friday and Saturday nights and “Bobbing for Crawfish” is a new competition for Thursday evening. The Bike Show, which was successful last year bringing in 300 bike competitors, will be back Thursday night.
And J Bar B Rodeo will be back Friday and Saturday evening for some old-fashioned family entertainment and cowboy/cowgirl fun.
The festival opens each evening at 5 p.m. with carnival rides.
Luther said the festival committee is expecting paid attendance to rise to 20,000 this year. Last year 15,000 came through the gates.
The Byhalia Lions Club has partnered with the Clydesdale Festival this year and will take a share of the profits for its charitable causes.
In the musical lineup, “Ordinary Citizens” is a rock-n-roll, country music and contemporary music band out of Southaven.
“Rob and the Rage” features piano playing excitement Jerry Lee Lewis style.
“Little Texas” is a nationally and internationally recognized country music band with hits including “My Town” and “What Might Have Been.”
There will be plenty of local food vendors and fair food available.
Luther said the Clydesdale Festival continues to be a family event where children can have plenty of fun as well as adults. On Thursday night the carnival offers rides until midnight with the purchase of a wristband.
“And it all is for a good cause,” he added. “Nobody makes any money. It all goes to help needy families.”
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