Thursday, June 26, 2008
Clydesdale Fest biggest yet
By SUE WATSON
A happy Ronnie Luther had nothing but praise for the Byhalia area communities and Marshall County for a hugely successful Clydesdale Christmas Store Festival over the weekend.
The Byhalia Lions Club and the Watson and Byhalia fire departments as well as the Christmas Store benefit from the proceeds.
The fire departments handled the parking lot which was packed for a Saturday evening of rodeo and feature band Little Texas.
Daryl Tice of Red Banks won the blue above-ground swimming pool raffle and Little Texas donated an autographed guitar for this year’s Christmas Store auction, Luther said.
Twenty-eight bikers entered the motorcycle show Thursday night with a total of 40 motorcycles packing in for the fanfare.
“It’s the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen at an event in Marshall County,” Luther said.
He estimated 9,000 attended the festival over the three-day event with about 5,000 turning out Saturday evening for the carnival, rodeo and bands.
“Little Texas had the crowd standing the whole time,” Luther said. “It was packed.”
The carnival also had a great three days. It contributes a portion of its gate to the Clydesdale Store, he said.
J Bar B Rodeo, which entertained Friday and Saturday nights, saw its biggest crowd ever at this event, Luther said.
The rodeo has become a regular feature of the Clydesdale Festival.
Fifteen teams participated in the hot-wings cook-off.
Luther expressed his appreciation to all who got involved to make this festival run smoothly, including the festival sponsors, the Town of Byhalia and its fire department, Watson Fire Department, Byhalia Police Department, Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, the Lions Club volunteers and Resourceful Environmental Solutions, which handled the solid waste.
All proceeds from the festival, after costs are subtracted, go to charitable causes
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