By Tempa Daniels / Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
Clarke County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for a first time area Possum Holla music festival Friday and Saturday.
It will take place just off Highway 45 and Highway 18 East, among tranquil pines and adjacent to the 450 acre lake at Archusa Creek Water Park in Quitman.
Possum Holla musicians and gospel groups will be featured at the music festival that runs from 5:30-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.
The event kicks off Friday with the celebrated gospel group, Jeff and Sherri Easter. There will be other gospel talents as well: Justin Snow, Alan Sibley and The Magnolia Ramblers, Thomas Tate and The Countians and The Rowzees.
On Saturday, area bluegrass musicians will take to the stage, including Tyler Carroll and Pineridge Bluegrass, Bluegrass Cartel, Winky Hicks and The Frontier Bluegrass,The Andy Linton Band and Alan Sibley and The Magnolia Ramblers.
There will also be intermittent periods of open mic throughout Saturday. The Chamber of Commerce is encouraging aspiring musicians to bring their instruments and vocals and perform before the crowd.
The children friendly event will also feature an antique tractor show, arts and crafts booths, as well plenty of room to run around.
Vendors will be on hand to sell their wares, including jewelry, cedar boxes, wooden items, quilts, baby clothes, baskets, swings and much more.
On Saturday Mathis will provide a fully stocked farmers market where folks can pick up fresh produce.
Plenty of food will be available as well. On Friday night the Chamber of Commerce is providing hamburgers, chips and drinks. On Saturday, assorted southern food vendors will offer hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, funnel cakes, chili cheese fries and footlong sausage dogs – just to name a few items.
The family park offers cabins and camper hook-ups for those seeking lodging. It also features fishing and a half mile nature trail.
Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and folding chairs.
There will be a $1 entrance fee to the Archusa Creek park. Tickets to the music festival are $11 for a day pass or $20 for a weekend pass. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance or picked up ahead of time at the Chamber of Commerce office in Quitman; at Great Southern National Bank in Quitman; or at Hometown Quitman Treasures.
For more information, visit online at www.possumholla.com; or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/possum-holla.