Jimmie Rodgers Festival Draws People from Near and Far

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Meridian, Miss. Friday night marked night two of the Jimmie Rodgers Festival and people from near and far have descended on the Queen City.

A performance from Trademark helped welcome in the second night of the Jimmie Rodgers Festival. There was a noticeably larger crowd in the audience compared to Thursday night. In fact, these two audience members are visiting from Canada and say they are excited to see what the Jimmie Rodgers Festival is all about.

"Listen to the music, the region, around here, yes," Robert Lavallee of Quebec, Canada says.

Newscenter 11 talked to other people in the crowd who say this is their first year attending the Jimmie Rodgers Festival and they say they just want to experience all that the festival has to offer.

"I'm really checking out the vendors," new Meridian resident Ronnie Hines says. "May be interested in being a vendor in the future. Like the history of the Jimmie Rodgers, if you're into country music, old-style country music."

Festival organizers tell us there is always a lot of work that goes into the festival every year, but say they are pleased with how things have gone so far. But the work is not over yet.

"I think it's important for the community to support the heritage and the legacy of Jimmie Rodgers," Josh Taylor says. "And besides that, it's just fun."

The third and final day of the Jimmie Rodgers Festival begins Saturday at noon at Singing Brakeman Park on Front Street. The final performance is at 8:30 p.m. with Sawyer Brown.