Meridian Prepares for 59Twenty Music Festival

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Meridian, Miss. The Young Professionals of Meridian have put many months and planning into this years 59/20 Music Festival. Over the past few years, it has become one of the area's biggest music festivals and continues to grow. With rain and storms forecast to be out of the area by mid morning, the festival is shaping up to be one of the biggest since the festival started.

"This is probably our best line-up we've ever had of music," said Meredith Rea President of YPM. "We spend a lot of time and a lot of people collaborate to try to get the best musicians possible."

The headliner for this year's festival is the Marshall Tucker Band. Other acts include Rosco Bandana, Nelo, and Surviving Allison. Local artists will also perform in between the main acts.

Those who attend the festival get to see the outcome of all the hard work put into making sure the festival is a success, but several hours of planning, organizing, and working are done months in advance to make sure the festival goes as planned.

"Members of the young professionals come together and are on the 59/20 committee and work countless hours and weeks and months," said Rea. "Everybody kind of takes a roll and you know there is production and finances and tickets and things you never think you have to think of."

All of the work is done to put on the festival to raise money for the Care Lodge in Meridian. The festival donates half of their profits to care lodge with the other half going towards making the festival even bigger next year. This year the festival hopes to donate $10,000 to the care lodge.

"It has definitely grown every year. Our community support has grown every year, our attendance has grown every year," said Rea. "We're really excited and we really feel like we have a lot of support from the area. I think that if people come out and keep buying tickets we can do some good for the care lodge."

With mainstream music and local artists performing, there will be something for everyone.

Tomorrow's festival will go from 1:00 PM until 11:00 PM at the lawn in front of Meridian City Hall. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 dollars at the gate and can be purchased at