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Pine Valley Festival Is Less Than Two Weeks Away

Money raised at the Second Annual Pine Valley Music and Arts Festival will be used to purchase a marker distinguishing the Pine Valley Community Center as a certified Mississippi Landmark, one of three in the county.

By David Howell

PINE VALLEY –  The much anticipated, mostly complete list of artists signed up to exhibit at the Second Annual Pine Valley Music and Arts Festival has been finalized and it’s a doozy.

            Event coordinator John Forsyth released the list exclusively for print publication in the North Mississippi Herald. The artists come from Pine Valley, Yalobusha County and across the southeastern United States, according to Forsyth.

            “The pride of Pine Valley, Mary McCachren, is our featured artist,” Forsyth  told the Herald. The list of artists also includes: Phillip Lewis, George Dyson, Jr., Leslie Love, Mari Foster, Bill Warren,  Patty D’Amico, Jman Art, 13 Chicks, Lyric, Cyndi Vitri, Jerry Walker,  Yokna Bottoms Farm, John Steele Davis, June Pryor, Kelley Akin, Debbi Jenkins,  Homestead Mama, Micheal Carter, Ed Tropp, Vanessa Cook. Aonie Anfa, Adrienne Brown-David, Jennifer Chomsky, James Daigle, Micheal Fedore, Katrina Greene, James Griffen, Alecia Howell, Kenneth Johnston, Cindy Lloyd, Tommy Reeves, Rebecca McGavock, Bridgette Mc-Millian, Pam Santi, Jonathan Smith, Brian Williams, Chandra Williams, Wanda Woods, Corienne Bruner, Kelley Akin, Jenny Cason Crowson and Barbara Eaton.

            The event is scheduled Saturday, May 16, starting at 10 a.m. at the historic Pine Valley School. Forsyth has signed musicians to perform during the festival on dual stages, one inside the school and a second outside.

            Activities are also scheduled for children attending and include Folson Fun Bounce and the Art Van. Food vendors for the day-long event include D&D House of Barbecue, Lezlie Simmons Pananis, LeMojo Baker and the Ladies of Pine Valley School.

            “This festival is a community project to cross social and economic barriers, where everybody can come out and just have fun,” Forsyth  explained.

            There is no admission price, but donations are accepted and funds raised will be used to purchase a marker designating the school as a documented Mississippi landmark, one of three in the county.

            Forsyth  also reported several statewide candidates are scheduled to speak including gubernatorial candidate Vicki Slater at noon and Lt. Governor candidate Jelani Barr at 2 p.m.

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