Thursday, June 16, 2011
Festival this week in Byhalia
By SUE WATSON
The annual Byhalia Clydesdale Festival, to raise money for the Clydesdale Christmas Store, is Thursday through Saturday.
The carnival begins at 5 p.m. daily. Thursday night is wrist-band night when 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 include Eddie L. Smith and Robby Turner. The J Bar B Championship Rodeo is also set for Friday night.
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, a nationally-acclaimed band that plays popular ’80s music and dresses for the period. The group played in front of 50,000 people at the Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival last year.
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.
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