PRAIRIE – Between a full day of live music, a parade, kids’ activities, a car show, food and retail vendors and political speaking, this year’s Prairie Fun Day offers something for everyone.
The June 8 event, centered at the Prairie Community Center, begins at 8 a.m. with the parade’s lineup near the intersection of Highways 45 Alternate and 382 and concludes into the night with southern soul artist Lacee’ as the musical headliner.
“Last year there had to be close to 1,000 people throughout the day, and we expect more people this year,” said organizer and Prairie RCDC member Patricia Howell. “This is the Prairie RCDC’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Being a rural development club, we have to give back to the community.”
The health fair is from 10 a.m. until noon inside the community center. The car show, featuring motorcycles, ATVs and new school and old school vehicles, is sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts and will be at the former Prairie Elementary School.
“We’ll have a devotional around 9:30 and flow with our gospel acts until 4. After 4, we’ll start the R&B,” Howell said of the musical acts.
This year’s gospel acts are The Gospel Sons, Tim Frierson, The Crowns of Joy, The Mighty Gospel Warriors, The Original Gospel Tons, The Lewis Singers, Pilgrim Rest’s male choir, Jimmy Pounds, Hazel Brown, Aberdeen First Pentecostal Church and The Mississippi Traveling Stars.
The day’s R&B groups are The Crossroad Band, The Cuz Band, J’Fitz, Shank and Maim Band, RMG Band, The 100 Band and Lacee’. Emcees throughout the day will be Mr. Gospel, DJ Candy Yam and Mix 106’s Cleo Sanders and DJ Love Bone.
Howell said candidates for this year’s primaries are invited to speak between the musical acts.
As far as vendors, there will be barbecue, pork rinds, fish, snow cones and ice cream for food and clothing and jewelry for retail. Several candidates have reserved booths as well.
“We’ll have a waterslide, so parents are reminded to bring a change of clothes for their children,” Howell said. “The sheriff’s department will be there to make sure everything is handled and nobody is acting crazy, and that really works. It’s a safe environment.”
Farm Bureau will give away raffle items throughout the day, and the Prairie RCDC will give away $300 in cash as well.
“We’re a nonprofit, so we depend on sponsorships. We want to thank this year’s sponsors, Farm Bureau, Dwight Stevens, Belle Memorial Funeral Home, Lamar Mills, Prairie Mills, Renasant Bank, Judge Adrian Haynes, L&J Nursery, 4-County [Electric Power Association], M&M Tax Service in Columbus, Knight Riders Motorcycle Club, Bob Scott and Cecil Cantrell and staff,” Howell said.