Big crowd expected at festival

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 4, 2008

FERRIDAY — Downtown Ferriday is getting ready to rock with the Delta Music Museum’s seventh annual Delta Music Festival Saturday.

Excitement about the festival has grown over the last few weeks, Delta Music Museum Director Judith Bingham said.

“We have had more out-of-town calls about the festival this year than we had last year,” Bingham said. “The people have evidently gotten the word out.”

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The festival will feature musical performances from headliner rock-and-roll musician Jason Williams, of Memphis, who has drawn comparisons to Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

Also slated to perform are the Northwest Mississippi Community College Choir, Lujuana Weir, the Y.Z. Ealy Band, the Jordans and Easy Eddie and the Partyrockers.

The festival has an addition to the activities this year, Bingham said.

“We have added a kids zone in the Arcade Theater, which will have puppet shows and kids movies during the day,” she said.

During the day, Secretary of State’s Jay Dardenne will officially dedicate the Arcade Theater, which was recently rebuilt and was opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in March.

New Orleans clarinetist Pete Fountain will be inducted into the museum’s hall of fame and a star in his honor will be added to the “Walk of Fame” in front of the museum.

Fountain was a member of the Lawrence Welk band, and has performed with various other bands in the New Orleans area throughout the years.

Fountain will not be at the induction ceremony due to health concerns, Bingham said.

Vendors interested in placing a booth still have time to do so, Bingham said.

Arts and craft and non-profit booths can be placed for $30, foot booths for $100 and commercial booths for $50.

The festival will open at 10 a.m. and will last until 4:30 p.m.

Admission will be $3.

For more information or to host a booth at the event, contact the museum at 318-757-9999.