Jimmie Rodgers Festival Events Announced

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He has had his hand in everything from some of the most popular country music in years to speed racing, and now Travis Tritt is on his way to Meridian.

Tritt will be performing at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 27. This will be the 53rd Annual Jimmie Rodgers Festival and board members say they're thrilled to have Tritt as the headliner.

"Our area is just musical, you know, and we love music and people have grown up loving and listening to country music and having wonderful concerts in this town for 53 years," said foundation president Betty Lou Jones. "And it's so exciting to have another great big one coming."

Local business leaders say they're not surprised and that having a performer like Tritt is a sign of the times.

"It seems like in everything we're doing we're going to the next level, in terms of new industry in downtown revitalization, in our cultural arts, performing arts with The Riley Center and recent concerts at the Temple Theater and now Travis Tritt. And it's exciting," said Wade Jones, president of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation.

But country music isn't the only star of this year's festival. Gospel music is back with a bang. Jimmie Rodgers board members say it's a genre that speaks to everyone.

"Everybody can relate most of the time to the words that they sing," said Richard Ferguson, board member and producer for the events. "Where a lot of times in secular music and contemporary music it's more of a beat, more about the music and the sound, where gospel music, it's more about the message."

Tickets for the Travis Tritt concert go on sale March 31. Visit www.jimmierodgers.com for details.

The Jimmie Rodgers Foundation will also present in concert on Thursday, April 13, at Northcrest Baptist Church in Meridian, the award-winning McKameys and The Inspirations. These two very popular Southern Gospel groups are back by popular demand.

Tickets are now on sale at Northcrest Baptist Church and both locations of Bible Book Stores in Bonita Lakes Mall and downtown Meridian. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the concert. A limited number of Artist Circle tickets are available for $20 each. Doors will open at 6:00 p. m. and the concert will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy more of the festivals through the following events:

April 1, 2006
Gospel Talent Contest
Bonita Lakes - 10:00 a.m.

April 28, 2006
Youth Talent Contest
Singing Brakeman Park - 3:00 p.m.

Adult Talent Contest
Singing Brakeman Park - 6:00 p.m.

For more information, you may contact Richard Ferguson at
rf2ndmile@hotmail.com or Paul Davis at paul@northcrestbaptist.com or Betty Lou Jones at bebestuartjones@aol.com. You may also call Carolyn at Northcrest Baptist Church at 601-482-3498.