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Actor Gerald McRaney comes home for 25th Okatoma Fest

Actor and Collins native Gerald McRaney waves to the crowd during the parade at the 25th annual Okatoma Festival Saturday. Actor and Collins native Gerald McRaney waves to the crowd during the parade at the 25th annual Okatoma Festival Saturday.
COLLINS, MS (WDAM) -

Famed Hollywood actor and Collins native Gerald McRaney returned to his hometown Saturday, to celebrate the silver anniversary of Covington County's premiere street festival. McRaney was grand marshal in the parade for the 25th annual Okatoma Festival.

He also greeted many festival attendees at the chancery building.

McRaney was born in Collins in 1947 and has acted in many TV and movie roles. He's returned to Collins often and even spent time in town recovering after surgery several years ago.  

"This is the place where everything started for me," McRaney said. "Back a few years ago, I had a scare with cancer and I had surgery over in Houston and I came back to Collins to recuperate, and I'm always reminded that this place gives me strength. It always has," he said.

The festival featured more than 100 arts and crafts vendors and lots of carnival rides for children. It ends at 10 o'clock with a street dance.

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