Thursday, July 21, 2011
Bikers/blues off to great start
By SUE WATSON
Bikers Night and Blues Alley music, the first of the season, drew an estimated attendance of 800 people to the North Center Street area, plus 45 bikers, according to Rebecca Bourgeois, executive director of Holly Springs Main Street.
She said the VIP chamber party to kick off the first Thursday night of activity was a huge success, as well.
“The first night exceeded our expectations and I think we are only going to get better as we go along,” she said.
Some changes this year that probably helped improve the outcome included moving the stage forward nearer the courthouse, changing the rally parking area to the front of the courthouse and bringing in vendors, she said.
Entertainment was provided by the Davide House Band, the Elvis Campbell Band, Duwayne Burnside, Lightnin Malcolm, and Dwight Harris, who sang an Al Green song.
Some out-of-town bikers included Spiderman and Hacksaw from Tallahatchie County; Delightful from Marks; Miss Coco, Queen Bee, Big Ed, Pinto and Bartender from Batesville; Woodrow Faulkner, Charles Terry, Russell Johnson, Robert Pearson, Dura Moss and George Street from Holly Springs; and Jewell and Marvin Foster, Earl McClellan and Willie Blackwell of New Albany; and Baby D from Jackson.
Bikers Night kicks off at 6 p.m. on the north side of the courthouse each Thursday through September. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. and the event closes at 10 p.m.
The event is free to the public and promoted by the Holly Springs Main Street Association. Families with children are welcome. Bring lawn chairs and sit a spell.
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