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Former Miss Mississippi Will Headline Watermelon Carnival Music Festival

Kimberly Morgan

Sloan Elle Garner

Shelby Leona Hernandez

Kagan Doom

Kimberly Morgan, 2007 Miss Mississippi, will be a featured performer at the 2008 Watermelon Music Festival. Miss Morgan was one of the top 15 finalists in the 2007 Miss America Pageant.

  Miss Morgan is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elzie Morgan of the Taylor Community. She earned a B.S. degree in Vocal Music Education from Alcorn State University in 2006. In addition to the many honors she has received for her vocal performances and beauty in college, she sang lead for the opera “Porgy and Bess” in Natchez, and was also at Disneyworld Entertainment in Orlando, Florida.

  The annual Watermelon Music Festival is sponsored by the Town and Country Garden Club and will be held in the Water Valley Civic Auditorium July 31. A local band, The Sharecroppers, will play from 7:00 until 7:30 p.m. when the Festival will begin. Also included on the night’s program will be entertainment by local talent, and the presentation of the Watermelon Queen.


Batesville Girl Included In Music Carnival Entertainment  Lineup

    The annual Watermelon Music Festival will be held Thursday night, July 31, beginning at 7 p.m., in the Water Valley Civic Auditorium, located on North Main Street.
  A local band, The Sharecroppers, will open the night’s entertainment at 7 p.m. and will play until 7:30, when the program, featuring local talent, will begin.
  Sloan Elle Garner of Batesville will be one of the entertainers. The daughter of Dee and Camille McGehee Garner of Batesville, she is a granddaughter of Floyd and Anita McGehee of Water Valley and Calvin and Bonnie Land of Batesville. A singer, Sloan will turn eleven years old on August 1.
    She has sung in three productions at Panola Playhouse in Sardis. Sloan played the role of Zuzu in “It’s A Wonderful Life”, Tiger Lily in “Peter Pan”, and a grandchild in “Miracle on 34th Street”.


Shelby Leona Hernandez To Perform

  Among the local talent performing will be Shelby Leona Hernandez, the 15-year-old daughter of Frank Hernandez and Amy Vanlandingham. She is a granddaughter of Donald and Patricia Bynum and Anthony and Nancy Hernandez. A member of the Water Valley High School Band and the Duke of Edinburgh, she often sings at Cornerstone Full Gospel Church and the VFW monthly singings.



Kagan Doom to perform “The Evolution of Dance”

Those attending the Music Fest will be treated to a dance straight from their computer! If you are one of the millions that have gone to YouTube and pulled up “The Evolution of Dance” performed by Christian Inspirational Speaker Judson Laipply, you will be treated to the live version. Three young men from Northeast Mississippi are making a name for themselves performing this six-minute long medley of 32 dances starting in the 1950’s until the present day. “The Evolution of Dance” live version will be performed by Kagan Doom and Tony Golding, Freshmen at Itawamba Community College, and Max Diaz, a Senior at Ingomar High School.

  Kagan is the son of Dee Ann (Cox) and Colt Doom and a grandson of Bobby and Dee Cox of Water Valley.

  Music Festival Tickets are $7 each and are available from any member of the Town and Country Garden Club, at Turnage Drug Store, and at the Chamber of Commerce Office.

  The Music Festival is sponsored by Town and Country Garden Club of Water Valley.

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