Under the historic building for which it's named, the Threefoot Arts Festival is set to bring the arts to downtown Meridian Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The setting is the city's new plush grass lawn in front of city hall.
"This is a transition year for the Meridian Council for the Arts, which is combining the Threefoot Festival and Arts in the Park, which has been the annual spring art festival," said Kris Gianakos, president of the council.
Organizers say they hope merging these two festivals will bring new life to the spring event. The one major complaint about Arts in the Park at Bonita Lakes was that it wasn't easy to access. But that will not be a problem this year.
Parking will be available throughout downtown, and if that gets crowded, the parking garage is always available. The group just wants to make sure as many people as possible get to have a fun day outside, expressing their creative side.
"You don't have to know a lot about art," said Debbie Martin of Cartmell Gallery. "If you see something you like and can afford it, you buy it. And before you know it, you will have a big art collection."
And this year, the Jimmie Rodgers Foundation is hosting several events to tie into the Threefoot Festival. Local residents will compete in the Jimmie Rodgers County Music Talent competition at 9:00 Saturday morning at the temple Theater, which usually brings out a crowd looking to discover new talent.
"They can come and go as they want, because they can listen to some music, go outside, and then come back," said foundation president Betty Lou Jones.
But the well-known talent will take to the Temple Theater stage Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. The annual gospel concert featuring The McKameys, 2nd Mile, The Harrells, The Gospel Strings and Master Sound Quartet will finish off the busy day.
Martin said she believes all the different options make for a successful day.
And with many people feeling the turbulence of the economy, this day of inexpensive fun is sure to give local residents a chance to let loose.
An extra treat was the Sucarnochee Revue, held Friday night at the Temple Theater. The live radio show features artists, both singers and musicians, from the Black belt region of Alabama and Mississippi.
8 a.m. Anderson Cup 5K run, 2 mile Walk and 1 mile Fun Run
In front of Doughboy Monument on corner on 7th St. and 23rd Ave.
1 p.m. until
Hungry Heifer Annual Crawfish Boil
Relay for Life Pageant
The Gathering Place
Registration 12:30 p.m. for ages 9 and under and 3 p.m. for ages 10 & up