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April 30, 2014

Collinsville to put on annual festival

MERIDIAN —     As it has done in years past, the Collinsville Lively Arts Festival will kick off the spring festival season once again this year with the event slated for this Saturday.

    "We have one of our best festivals planned for this year," said Billy Allen, one of the members and coordinators of the festival for the Collinsville Community Development Club. "We have never been rained on and I pray that streak continues because if family fun, good food, and wholesome entertainment is what you are looking for this spring, then Collinsville will be the place for you and your family."

    The kickoff for the event will begin, as always, with the West Lauderdale High School Band trumpeting in the festivities at 8:30 a.m. From that moment on the arts and crafts, the food, and the entertainment will be nonstop.

    "It will be bigger and better than any other festival we have had in the past," Allen said.

    Some of the most talented young people in Lauderdale County will be featured alongside some groups of musicians who have been entertaining crowds for many years. Just a few of the groups who will be on stage beginning at 9 a.m. will be Laynie Laird, an 11-year-old student at West Lauderdale Elementary, Jody McKeithen, a 22-year-old MSU student, and Back Pocket featuring Jake Moffett, Will Garrett, Dylan Laird, and C. W. Garrett III.

    The music will range as widely as the ages of the performers. There will be Classic Rock, Christian and Gospel, Country, and Blue Grass notes wafting along the warm breeze.

    Food, a staple of all festivals, will be abundant. The Collinsville Community Development Club will be selling plates to help fund their upcoming events and charities, and vendors from all over will be on hand to provide decadent offerings of all kinds.

    A special feature added for this year will be the appearance of Chris McDaniel, a U.S. Senate candidate who is trying to unseat longtime incumbent Thad Cochran. A representative for Cochran's campaign will also to be on hand.

    The Collinsville Lively Arts Festival will be held in front of the old Collinsville School. Collinsville Community Development Club will sell chicken plates. A dunking booth, climbing wall, two jumping booths, baseball games, Karate and dance studio performances will ensure there is something for everyone.

    "Bring your lawn chair and join us for a day of food and fun," Allen said. "I promise when you leave you will have been entertained, well fed, inspired, and filled with a joy that will carry you forward," Allen said.

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