Thursday, May 26, 2011
Upcoming events to ring in summer
By SUE WATSON
There are going to be lots of events locally to take the family to this summer.
The local chambers of commerce and Main Street associations are making preparations for a month of business events, all to benefit local and nationwide charities or organizations.
Here is a peek.
Car Show/Poker Run
The Marshall County Republican Club will hold a car show and poker run beginning and ending at Luigi’s in Byhalia June 4. Riders of motor bikes and antique cars will take a 60-70 mile spin through the back roads of Marshall County. Anyone who wants just to come by and have fun with friends at Luigi’s is invited.
Relay For Life
The Marshall County Relay For Life’s “Hope Walk” Monday in Byhalia was cancelled due to weather.
The big event, Relay for Life in Holly Springs, is set for June 10 at Sam Coopwood Park beginning at 6 p.m. and going until 6 a.m. Saturday.
Ruth Ann Prather, a cancer survivor and team development person for Marshall County Relay For Life, provided a summary of her survivor story at the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week.
Prather, director of nutrition at Trinity Mission in Holly Springs, said she had just gotten married when in May 1988 she thought her “world was fixing to be turned upside down.”
She turned her knee and went to see an orthopedic doctor about the knee when her doctor noticed her voice kept stopping.
“He asked me two questions; one was do you have a surgeon of choice?” she said.
On Monday and Tuesday after that visit, she saw a throat specialist and by Thursday she could not talk. On Friday that week, surgeons removed nine tumors from her throat, six of which were malignant. The tumors had started in her thyroid gland.
Prather was lucky to have seen her orthopedic doctor because he had just been to a seminar two weeks prior and learned the warning signs of throat (thyroid) cancer.
“I owe my life to the American Cancer Society,” she said. “He said if I had waited another week.... This is ‘paint the county purple’ month. It is always to recognize people who have fought so hard and to recognize the caregivers.”
The Farmers Market in Holly Springs will not open until Saturday, June 11, according to Main Street Director Rebecca Bourgeois.
“It’s been a really tough year for growers,” she said, explaining the reason the market was postponed.
Heavy rains have washed up seedlings in the fields and growers will be later in the season with their produce, she said.
The Farmers Market will open on the downtown courthouse square at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 11. The market will close at 1 p.m. each Saturday and run until the end of October, Bourgeois said.
The annual Byhalia Clydesdale Festival, to raise money for the Clydesdale Christmas Store, will be held in Byhalia on June 16-18. Carnival begins at 5 p.m. daily. Thursday night is wrist-band night where a person can purchase a wrist band and ride all night with no further charge. Thursday night’s entertainment will feature an Elvis tribute and Elvis impersonators plus lots of friends of the King with book signings. Friday night music will feature the Eddie Smith Country Band (Olive Branch) and a rodeo.
Saturday night there will be a political rally and second rodeo provided by Marshall County’s J Bar B Ranch and the Deep South Championship Rodeo Association. Saturday night’s headliner band is Dr. Zarr and “The Original Funk Monsters.”
This a national acclaimed band that plays popular ’80s music and dresses for the period: they played in front of 50,000 people at the Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival last year.
“The Clydesdale Festival is the biggest fund-raiser in Marshall County and all the money goes to Christmas for the kids of needy families,” said organizer Terry Rodgers with the Clydesdale Committee.
Free parking every night will be provided by the Byhalia Lions Club and the Christmas Store. The Byhalia Future Farmers of America will help direct parking.
The Clydesdale Christmas Store, organized by Ronnie and Brenda Luther, is in its 18th year and has raised approximately $1.6 million in donations for needy families at Christmastime.
The Clydesdale Store has provided toys and clothing for children of needy families and the elderly, gifts and dinner for Mississippi National Guard families, and provides support for fund-raisers for sick children, such as those who go to St. Jude Hospital for treatments.
Hill Country Picnic
The North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic has changed locations this year. The annual picnic that features living blues artists who are connected to the traditional hill country blues genre will be held June 24-25 at Foxfire Ranch on 1465 Old Oxford Road, Waterford.
Camping is available again this year.
Artists invited this year include Kenny Brown, North Mississippi Allstars Duoloco, Duwayne Burnside, Garry Burnside, Blue Mountain, Jimbo Mathus, David Kimbrough, Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, Cedric Burnside Project, T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour, Shannon McNally, Eric Deaton, John Wilkins, Joe Ayers, Duff Durrough, Rocket 88, Tate Moore, and Blue Mother Tupelo.
Visit www.nmshillcountrypicnic.com for more information.
The second annual Bikers Night on the square in Holly Springs is set to begin Thursday, July 14, and will run every Thursday night through September 29, according to Bourgeois. Bikers night includes local and regional blues musicians and some country and other music genres. The event is free to the public and opens for bikers at 6 p.m., music starts around 7 p.m. and the event closes each evening at 10 p.m.
Some local groups performing last year were Robert Kimbrough Sr. and The Blues Connection, Duwayne Burnside and The Mississippi Mafia, Kenny Brown, Little Johnny Taylor, and Ralph Waller and The Tough Street Band with Brown Sugar, Robert Belfour, Dwayne Johnson and Bobby Brown with “Soul Finger” band, Glen Faulkner, Ben Cauley, last surviving member of the original Bar-Kays, Southaven hornman Mike Smith, and Country Boy Lil’ Wayne and the Countryettes.
Blues documentarian Willie Wilkerson served as emcee last year and lined up the entertainment.
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