Freedom Fest Tallahatchie River Days, presented by The New Albany Community Development and Main Street office, will be this weekend.
Entertainment kicks off Thursday, June 27, at Biscuits & Jam Farmers’ Market with music from The Busty Petites along with local produce from several local growers, specialty breads and goat cheese, artist J-Man, and Camp Creek Natives in the Main Street demo booth.
The market is open from 4 to 7 p.m.
Friday evening, June 28, at 6 p.m., Elvis will perform and The Southaven Boomers will bring hits of the ‘50s and ‘60s at the farmers’ market while local vintage car owners cruise up and down Bankhead and Main Streets. Cars will be parked at the farmers’ market following the cruise until 8 p.m. Get close, take pictures, and socialize with the owners of these classic beauties.
A children’s carnival and concessions will be set up and running at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Saturday, June 29, starts early with Pedaling for Hope on Tanglefoot Trail bike ride.
New Albany’s Main Street Association and Tupelo’s Regional Rehab Center, partners in Pedaling for Hope on the Tanglefoot Trail, are celebrating the third year of its bike ride.
The main objective is to create awareness for the work that Regional Rehab and Main Street do to support their communities,” said Robby Parman, Regional Rehab’s Executive Director.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Bankhead Bicycle Club at 108 W. Bankhead St. with the ride beginning at 8. Registration cost is $35 and include an event T-shirt. Three distances are available: 25 miles, 50 miles and the 100K metric century, or 62.5 miles. After party will be at BBC with lunch and music from IMPORT/EXPORT. All proceeds will go to benefit The Regional Rehabilitation Center and New Albany Main Street.
Blackberry Jubilee begins at 9 a.m. Makers, art, and food vendors, American League Cornhole tournaments, homemade ice cream churned by a tractor, pony rides, and Smoke on the Water grill competition will be happening until 3 p.m., with the carnival starting up at lunchtime. Tombigbee Divide and Terry “Harmonica” Bean will be on the farmers’ market stage playing bluegrass and blues music.
The evening will end at the Riverview Stage with a showcase of music featuring headliner Sam Mosley of the Mosley Johnson Band with the Muscle Shoals Horns. Supporting music acts are Massey Tate, Twenty2Seven, and Dirty Streets. Music will go on until 10 p.m. and end with a fireworks show.
“Freedom Fest Tallahatchie River Days offers a unique experience to community members and visitors to be inspired by the arts and make social connections,” Community Development Director Billye Jean Stroud said. “All concerts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are free and everyone is welcome to bring a chair or blanket to relax on and a Frisbee or football to toss around.”
Tallahatchie River Days is organized by the New Albany Community Development and Main Street offices and is partially funded by a grant through Visit Mississippi.
For information about any of the Freedom Fest weekend events, call Stroud and Vainisi at the Main Street and Community Development office at (662) 534-3438.
Thursday, June 27
4-7 p.m. – Biscuits and Jam Farmers’ Market and music
Friday, June 28
5 p.m. – Children’s Carnival and Concessions
6-8 p.m. – Vintage Car Cruise
6 p.m. – Elvis, and the Southaven Boomers
Saturday, June 29
8 a.m. – Pedaling for Hope (registration at 7 a.m.)
9 a.m. – Blackberry Jubilee
9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Cornhole Tournament, Smoke on the Water Grilling Competition, other activities
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Pedaling for Hope after party and music from IMPORT/EXPORT
Noon – Children’s Carnival and music on the farmers’ market stage with Tombigbee Divide and Terry “Harmonica” Bean
5-10 p.m. – Music at the Riverview Stage with Massey Tate, Twenty2Seven, Dirty Streets and, closing, the Mosley and Johnson Band with the Muscle Shoals Horns
10 p.m. - Fireworks