GREENE COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Two Rivers Bluegrass Festival.
This annual event will swing into the Greene County Rural Events Center on High School Road on April 3rd at Noon. Campers will be arriving at that time and the event will get underway with a Bluegrass Political Rally and Community Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, April 4th. The garage sale vendors must be set up by 8 AM. Garage sale enthusiasts are encouraged to come out - visit, shop, eat, and have fun. Anyone wishing to set up sale items should call ahead for information, the number to call is 601-408-5965. Then at 10 AM until 6 PM, local and state candidates may present their platform for the office for which they are seeking with stage time of ten minute intervals. Bluegrass music will be performed between the candidates stage time.
Sunday morning at 8 AM in the Community Center Building there will be a Easter Worship Experience and the public is invited . During the week, bands will be performing Community Outreach Concerts at local Senior Citizens facilities in Leakesville. Monday, April 6th, the Two Rivers Bluegrass Band Competition is scheduled with a limit of only twelve (12) bands. Bands will also perform in school performances at all Greene County Schools as their testing schedule permits.. Master Class Workshops including Quilting will be held free for ticket holders beginning Thursday, April10th and also on Friday and Saturday. Bluegrass Bingo will be on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in the District 1 Community Center Building; this activity is free for festival ticket holders. Tuesday evening performances will bring to the festival stage our guest emcee, Marvin Poole from Denham Springs, LA; Flatland Bluegrass from the MS Gulf Coast and Mobile, AL; Bluff Creek Bluegrass from Vancleave, MS; L & M Bluegrass from Louisiana and Mississippi; and Al Griffin and Ole Time Country from the local area. Admission for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings will be only $10. if the attendee does not have a full festival pass. Gospel in the Round returns to the concert area from 2 pm until 4 pm on Wednesday and will be led by Mary and Mike Robinson from Massachusetts; everyone is encouraged to bring your instruments and join in this activity. A covered dish dinner for attendees with full festival passes are encouraged to make your favorite dish and join in the fellowship. Piggly Wiggly Grocery is one of the sponsors for this annual event. The Wednesday evening service is all gospel and will feature Jeff Long of Reform. AL as our speaker along with special music performed by Answered Prayer from the Hattiesburg area with ties to Greene County; The Punches Family from MO and everyone's favorite, The Mason Chapel Choir from Leakesville.
Thursday morning is our Ladies Morning Out program and is open to all festival ticket holders and those who purchase the Thursday ticket. Former Miss West Virginia, Delnora Reed will entertain. Ms Reed, now a Nashville, TN resident, is a songwriter, artist, and motivational speaker. She will be making her first appearance at The Two Rivers Bluegrass Festival Then beginning at Noon, festival performers will include Mississippi's own The Trustys of Davo Crossing, MS; The Punches Family from MO; The Farm Hands from Nashville, TN and their signature fried pies (so good); Kody Norris and Wautugha Mountain from East TN; and The Stars of Tomorrow will return to Leakesville featuring from IN Col Isaac Moore and Kyle Ramey and from Nashville, TN Jaylee Roberts.
Friday features a Reunion of the Gary Waldrep Fan Club with Gary and his band. This event will take place in the District 1 Community Center. Headlining the festival this year will be Blue Highway from Nashville, TN and will only be in Leakesville on Friday, April 10th. This awarding band has been together for 20 years with the same personnel and travel nationally and internationally presenting bluegrass music. Also, taking the stage will be The Gary Waldrep from AL; TruGrass from FL; Alan Sibley and The Magnolia Ramblers from MS; and The Stars of Tomorrow.
The annual Hillbilly Contest will start off the Saturday activities (April 11th) beginning at 9 AM and will feature some one you will probably know or maybe wish you did not know!!! Children's activities highlight the afternoon activities including Nickels in the Hay and instrument instruction of bluegrass music; this activity is led by Linda and Danny Trusty from Tylertown, MS; Debbie McLeod of Leakesville; and Martha and Jay Sheperd from Vermont. There will be drawings sponsored by Bertie Sullivan, Festival Promoter and Producer, of a Blueridge Guitar by Saga Music of California; and a Deering Banjo, Deering Banjo is also a California company. Darrell, Darrell, and Darrell will once again perform on Saturday, a favorite from previous festivals and the 2015 MSBA Band of the Year; from NC will come The Gentlemen of Bluegrass, a southeast favorite on the bluegrass festival circuit; also returning will be Williamson's Branch from Nashville, TN; Stars of Tomorrow; Davo Crossing and the Be a Star Show; Mississippi's own Magnolia Drive; Mountain Faith from NC; and Leiper's Fork from TN. Our guest band, Wood & Wire, will be on the grounds leading many jam sessions and will perform on the main stage during the political rally..
Food vendors will be on the grounds preparing the usual festival fare. Arts and Crafts vendors will return; Mississippi Music will be on the grounds; Shop Leakesville First is sponsored by Town of Leakesville and the prize is $100. to some lucky winner who turns in the winning receipt from a Greene County business. Other sponsors who help to make this event possible is Chord Buddy of Dothan, AL; Warren Construction of Hattiesburg; Chip and Block of Leakesville; Hodges Pharmacy of Leakesville; Toomey Equipment Company, Inc.; and First State Bank. For further information, call Bertie Sullivan at 601-408-5965.