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WEEKEND TICKET: Variety of events on tap for weekend

NATCHEZ — From bulls and boots to Shakespeare in the park, there are events for the whole family on tap this weekend in the Miss-Lou.

Weather forecasts show sunny conditions Thursday and Friday, but heavy chances of showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday.

Sheriff’s Rodeo

The Adams County Sheriff’s Pro Rodeo will welcome cowboys, cowgirls and spectators to the Wayne Johnson arena at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

The rodeo will have a variety of contests including bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, team roping and bull riding.

The event is sanctioned with the International Professional Rodeo Association and the Southeastern Professional Rodeo Association.

The event will also feature a rodeo queen’s contest at 2 p.m. Saturday. The contest is divided into categories of speech, modeling, personal interview, impromptu question and horsemanship, and is open to women ages 16 to 24.

Entertainment, children’s events and more will also be available at the event.

Advance tickets are available at the ACSO and at Double-C Ranch Western Store.

Advance tickets for adults are $10, and tickets for children ages 12 and younger are $7.

Tickets at the gate for adults are $12, and tickets for children ages 12 and younger are $8.

Grand Village

The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians will present an illustrated talk by Joseph “Smokye” Frank titled “The Three Musketeers of Natchez: Broutin, de Montigny, and du Pratz” in the museum auditorium at 6:30 p.m. today.

Frank has been involved in Natchez-area archaeology for more than 50 years, and he was part of the archaeological team that conducted the excavations at the Grand Village in 1962.

The three men highlighted in Frank’s program lived in the French colony at Natchez during the 1720s.

Admission is free, and seating is limited. Light refreshments will be served.

Crawfish boil

The Natchez Young Professionals of the Natchez Chamber of Commerce and the Natchez Children’s Home will host its fifth-annual Boiling on the Bluff crawfish boil from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday on the bluff in front of Bowie’s Tavern.

A ticket for $10 includes a flat of crawfish with all the trimmings. Beer will be available on site.

Tickets are available in advance at the Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street and at the children’s home, as well as at the gate on the day of the event.

Shakespeare in the park

Trinity Episcopal Day School will present Shakespeare in Memorial Park at 1 p.m. Saturday featuring performers from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

The performers will present the classic Shakespeare play, “Twelfth Night.”

Admission is free.

Memorial Park is located on South Rankin Street behind St. Mary Basilica.

Rhythm Night Club

The Rhythm Night Club Memorial Museum will commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the deadly fire, which occurred on April 23, 1940, at noon at the museum.

For more information, contact the museum at 601-442-0619.

Natchez Bluff Blues Fest

The Natchez Bluff Blues Fest will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday in downtown Natchez as well as across the river in Vidalia.

The event will kick off Friday at 4 p.m. in front of the Natchez Grand Hotel on Broadway Street with a free concert and spring market.

Friday events will continue with performances at Biscuits and Blues, Natchez Manor, Eola Hotel and Under-the-Hill Saloon from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Prices vary depending on the location.

On Saturday, musicians and bands will continue playing on Broadway Street from 10 a.m. to 7:45 pm. Admission is free to those concerts.

Saturday night performances will continue at various downtown restaurants and bars from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. Prices vary depending on the location.

The City of Vidalia will host a red beans and blues jam on the Vidalia Riverfront from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday to wrap up the weekend events. Admission is free.

Musicians performing include Y.Z. Ealey, Hezekiah Early, Little Poochie, Harvey Knox, the Matt Willis Band and others.

For more information, call 601-660-2792.