Meridian Star

May 4, 2013

Pachuta woman wins poster contest

By Brian Livingston /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Patsy Breeland didn't think she had much of a chance to enter a winning example of artwork for the Jimmie Rodgers Festival Poster Contest but her daughter, Amber Thomas, convinced her otherwise.

    Sometimes daughter knows best.

    Breeland, who has always been a huge fan of Rodgers' music, was named Thursday as the winner in the poster contest and will have her art displayed for the festival and on T-shirts that will be sold during the event that kicks off May 16 in downtown Meridian.

    "My husband, Robert, and I just love Jimmie's music and it is a thrill for me to have won this contest," said Breeland Thursday inside Community Bank where the unveiling took place. "I have been interested in Jimmie's life, his music and what it means to Meridian and the surrounding area so to have a piece of artwork of mine chosen is indeed an honor."

    The second annual contest is sponsored by Community Bank. Bob Huff, president of the bank, said Community Bank is proud to be a sponsor of the contest in support of the festival.

    "We love the idea of being a part of something that raises the awareness of the mission of the Jimmie Rodgers Foundation that works so hard in perpetrating the legacy of Jimmie Rodgers and teaching youths and adults of his significant influence in the development of American music," Huff said. "We feel this is a fun and productive way to encourage youth to know more about the arts and Mississippi's rich heritage."

    Second place went to Rashanda Conner, of Meridian, and third place went to Piper Bott, also of Meridian.

    "Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to all who entered," said Betty Lou Jones, president of the Jimmie Rodgers Foundation. "This is a valuable promotional and educational activity."