Weekend Full of Community Events

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

The Sucarnochee Revue tapes "Hillbilly Fever Night" live Friday at 7 p.m. at the Temple Theater, 2320 8th Street. There is an $8.00 person admission charge. The radio program features local and regional music talents from all venues. The Sucarnochee Revue Radio Program is featured on 59 public, commercial, and Internet radio stations from Alaska to Australia.

The Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival Country and Gospel Talent Competition is Saturday at the Temple Theater Ballroom, beginning at 9 a.m. with the Gospel portion, with Country to follow. Fifteen hundred dollars in prize money will be given away.

The Jimmie Rodgers Museum, located in Meridian's Highland Park, is now open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The historic Threefoot Building will serve as the backdrop to the festival named in its honor, Saturday, Apr. 3.

Just across the road from Meridian's tallest building, Lauderdale County's largest music and arts festival will offer a day full of entertainment.

This is the second year the festival will bring two different events together as one.

Bonita Lakes' Art in the Park and the Threefoot Art Festival combined to form one large event that is easily accessed and allows people to enjoy indoor concerts and outdoor festivities at their leisure.

"We have an Anderson Fun Run early in the morning at 8 a.m.," said Connie Royal of the Meridian Arts Council. "We have the Jimmie Rodgers Gospel Concert, then all day Saturday, the Threefoot Art Festival. And whether you know it or not, we also have an Easter Parade downtown."

Just walking around the festival offers free entertainment to those who attend. However, bringing a little extra cash may be a good idea because artists from across the southeast will be displaying and selling their original work along the side of 6th Street and 7th Street.

The Meridian Arts Council sponsors the event that is currently planned to take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting.

"Unless there is thunder and lightning that causes safety issues, then they'll just postpone it. Usually with scattered storms we can get it all done as we go," Royal said.

Regardless of the possible rainy start, the Threefoot Festival will not disappoint. The cheap entertainment and beautiful setting look to create a fun filled day for those that attend.

There will be an Easter Parade Saturday, with the theme "He Is Risen". It will lineup at 12:30 by the Meridian School District office on 25th Avenue. The parade starts at 1 pm. It will follow the same route used for the Christmas parade.

Organizer Sharon Merriweather says all kinds of stuffed animals will be given out along the route, along with goodies. She invites people to gather afterward at Dumont Plaza.

An Arts and Antiques Show is happening Saturday in downtown Newton. Visitors will find antiques, pottery, paintings, handmade items, photography, ironworks, and even garage sale items for sale.

Quitman's 2nd Spring Fling Festival will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Sports Complex on Jackson Avenue. Come and enjoy the fun, food, and festivities. With a carnival in town along with the Easter egg hunts, fun will be had by all; no matter your age.

Meridian Symphony Orchestra's Crawfish Boil is 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Frank Cochran Center Saturday. Tickets are $25.00 each at the door.


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