Delta Music Festival revs up

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 4, 2006

VIDALIA &8212; The 2006 Delta Music Festival is less than a month away, and most of the major decisions have been made.

Location, times, volunteers and this year&8217;s inductee into the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame &8212; Fats Domino &8212; are all set.

And while there was no headlining act for the April 1 event as of Wednesday&8217;s planning meeting, Judith Bingham, museum director and festival entertainment subcommittee member, said she and Al Harris would make an announcement in the next couple of days.

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She wouldn&8217;t speculate on names, but did allow that it would be someone who &8220;costs money.&8221;

Last year, Irma Thomas and Clarence &8220;Frogman&8221; Henry drew an estimated 5,000 people to the festival.

Money is one thing the board doesn&8217;t have to worry about at present. Bingham said the festival had enough in the bank to front the expense of putting on the event.

Making money at the gate, however, is a concern to the board, which talked about different ways to prevent people from jumping barricades and otherwise get weasel out of paying the entrance fee.

The three banners announcing the festival should be hanging at the entrances to town any day now, Bingham said, thanks to the Ferriday Fire Department.

Shirley Byrne&8217;s preliminary poster design, which features Domino, drew positive reviews from the committee.

&8220;It&8217;s different from what we&8217;ve had in previous years,&8221; Byrne said.

The festival will begin at 10 a.m. with performances by local talent. A talent show had been discussed, but the committee decided to invite performers instead.

The group will meet March 15 for progress reports.