Railroad Heritage Festival lineup features country star John Anderson
Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 6:47 pm
By: By CHRIS MENEES
The Messenger 09.15.10
By CHRIS MENEES
The annual Railroad Heritage Festival will be “just a-swingin’” Friday night when country music star John Anderson takes the stage in the Twin Cities.
Anderson — known for such hits as “Swingin’” and “Seminole Wind” — will be featured in a free concert at 8:30 Friday night at the stage at Pontotoc Park in downtown Fulton.
In the 1980s, Anderson paved the way for the decade’s neo-traditional movement with huge hits like “Wild and Blue” and “Swingin,’” followed in the early ’90s with “Seminole Wind,” a classic tune that reignited his career. In 2009, he released “Bigger Hands,” which reunited him with “Seminole Wind” producer James Stroud and re-established him as a contemporary musical force.
The concert by Anderson will highlight a four-day festival — sponsored by the Fulton Tourism Commission — that kicks off today with senior citizens events and gains momentum going into the weekend.
Today’s events for senior citizens include a prescription drug collection drive and a resource fair.
Thursday, the festival will begin at 9 a.m. with the opening of food and crafts vendors’ stands in downtown Fulton and the start of a senior citizens Rook tournament at the Senior Citizens Center. Activities will continue at 5 p.m. with House of Prayer’s annual bean supper, which is $4 per person, at the Pontotoc Community Center at Pontotoc Park, followed by a greased pig contest at 6 and the “Fulton’s Got Talent” competition at 7 downtown.
The “Fulton’s Got Talent” competition is open to any act and to contestants of all ages. Patterned after the popular television show “America’s Got Talent,” the competition will even include judges’ being able to “buzz off” a contestant, according to organizers, who said the top prize will be $500 cash and the opportunity to open for the festival’s Terry Mike Jeffrey concert. For more information, call Connie Stephens at (270) 472-5500 or Kay Martin at (270) 472-9000.
The slate of activities Friday will include Parkway Regional Hospital’s health fair from 8 a.m.-noon at Pontotoc Community Cen-ter, as well as the opening of the vendors’ booths at 9 downtown. A children’s bump-n-jump carnival will be set up from 4-8 p.m. downtown and a full evening of events includes the Extreme Green Science and Planet Children’s Show at both 6 and 8, the finals of “Fulton’s Got Talent” at 6:30 at the park and Parkway Regional Hospital and Regional Home Care Parkway’s 25th birthday celebration, which includes free cupcakes.
Anderson’s concert at 8:30 p.m. Friday will round out the day’s events, with the evening also scheduled to include give-aways of items such as a big screen television and a GPS.
The festival’s final day Saturday will start with car show registration at 7 a.m. in the downtown area, where an entry fee will be charged to show participants. Vendors will be open again at 9 and the Fulton Police Department-sponsored pistol shoot and turkey shoot will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the firing range. Call Garrett Hutchins at (270) 627-0979 for more information about the car show and call the police department at (270) 472-3141 for more information about the shoot.
Activities will kick into high gear at mid-morning Saturday, with train rides to be offered from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Twin Cities Railroad Museum in the South Fulton Municipal Building; the Fulton Fire Department to present Kids Corner from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and the Rotary Club-sponsored car show to begin at 10 a.m. downtown. The Extreme Green Science and Planet Children’s Show will be presented at both 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the park and the bump-n-jump carnival for children will be open from 3-5 p.m. downtown. The car show winners will be announced at 4 Saturday afternoon, followed by another presentation of the Extreme Green children’s show at 5 at the park.
The grand parade will roll through the Twin Cities’ downtown streets beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday and an evening of music will include the “Fulton’s Got Talent” winner’s performance at 7:30 and a concert by Terry Mike Jeffrey at 8 at Pontotoc Park. More give-aways will be included throughout the evening.
All events are free to the public unless otherwise noted.
For more information, contact the Fulton Tourism Commission at (270) 472-9000.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.