Krackerjacks to headline Jerry Clower Festival Saturday

By CATHRYN CARTWRIGHT,

The Jerry Clower Festival is only a few days away and with it comes new and exciting attractions for Yazooans and tourists alike.

Colon Johnston, owner of Power 107 Radio station which organizes the festival, said they are expecting a large amount of people to come out for the event, which opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5.

This year's festival will feature a wide variety of attractions.  Diane Delaware, Mayor of Yazoo City, will open the festival at 10 a.m. and welcome all the guests, with a posting of colors by the Yazoo City ROTC, and a performance from the Benton Academy and Manchester Academy cheerleaders.

The Yazoo County Jazz Band will be performing at 10:15 a.m. featuring students from Yazoo County High School, led by Kimble Funchess, band director.

At 11 a.m., the B.E.A.T, the Bentonia-Gibbs Elementary Honor Choir, will perform multiple selections for the audience at the festival, under the direction of music teacher, Debbie Reid.

A talent show will begin at noon, featuring a variety of local individuals showing off their skills to judges as well as the festival audience.

Joe Smith and Friends and Ms. Juicy are scheduled to perform their musical and vocal talents at 1 p.m.

One favorite attraction to the Jerry Clower Festival every year is the Classic Car Show.  Trophies for the car show will be presented on stage at 2 p.m.

Another fan favorite at the festival each year is the Jerry Clower Impersonator Contest, where locals and adoring fans can take the stage and give their best example of the famous comedian.  Prizes for this contest will be $100 for First Place, $50 for Second Place, and a Jerry Clower T-Shirt for Third Place.

Headlining the final hours of the festival from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. will be The Krackerjacks, known as the "Party Band of the South."  Festival-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and to sit and enjoy the music for the rest of the afternoon.

The arts and crafts section of the Jerry Clower Festival is also a big attraction for locals and tourists alike.  Johnston said that the arts and crafts section is filled up with 40 vendors offering a variety of goods for sale, as well as food trucks offering a wide range of festival refreshments and snacks.

This year's Jerry Clower T-Shirt will also be available for purchase at the festival.  The design features a splash of color on your choice of a bright green or white shirt.  Shirts are available for $20.00 each in sizes ranging from Small to 3XL.

The festival will also feature a Kid's Zone this year, complete with a climbing wall, a space jump, a gyroscope ride, a children's train ride, a clown, and even a princess impersonator.

Johnston said that participation in the festival has continued to increase over the years and that they are expecting a large crowd again this year.

"Festivals like this showcase our whole town in one day," he said. "It brings families together into town, and also brings in outsiders from other states who come and stay the night and that brings money into our town."

Johnston said that his idea of a successful festival is seeing the abundance of people who attend and participate in festival events.

To learn more about the Jerry Clower Festival, or to become a volunteer, call the WBYP FM Power 107 Radio Station at 662-746-7676.