Meridian Star

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September 3, 2013

Earth’s Bounty returns Saturday

MERIDIAN —     Down-home music and the first-ever 4-H Poultry Club competition will be featured at the Saturday Earth's Bounty Festival, in addition to a bounty of fresh produce and homemade products, and health screenings provided by Greater Meridian Health Clinic.

     In celebration of the 116th anniversary of the birth of Meridian native Jimmie Rodgers, the Father of Country Music, the Jimmie Rodgers Foundation will present "Mornin' with Jimmie and Friends," four hours of live music with Britt Gully, widely known for his interpretation of the songs and stories of "America's Blue Yodeler."     Britt and friends will be on stage at Singing Brakeman Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the festival, which begins at 8 a.m.

    The 4-H Poultry Club, organized by the Lauderdale County Extension Service, will host its inaugural poultry competition, with four club members vying for honors and a chance to go on to the next level of competition at the Mississippi State Fair. Chickens raised by the four hopefuls-Nina Hay, Jax Moore, Samuel Brown and Abby Carraway-will be inspected by an experienced judge who will also provide commentary to festival goers about the criteria for judging champion poultry. The judging will begin at 11 a.m.

    To beat the heat, 15th Avenue Baptist Church will once again offer free cold water to festival goers and will set up a cooling station — a mister guaranteed to cool down those who stand in front of its welcome spray for a breather from the heat of a September morning in Mississippi.

    And, as always, there will be plenty of children's activities, and food for hungry shoppers will be provided by Christy's of Stonewall.

    Meridian Main Street's final Earth's Bounty-Local, Fresher, Better festival of the 2013 growing season will be held on October 5.

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