UPDATE: Due to the threat of rainy weather Saturday, the town of Myrtle is moving the Candy Hill festival to the Union County fairgrounds. All events and schedules will remain unchanged.

The Town of Myrtle will be hosting its Candy Hill festival at 10 a.m. this Saturday, May 4.

Formerly known as Music at the Tracks, local leaders chose a new name for the festival to honor the town’s origins in 1857 as a settlement called Candy Hill. The town’s name was later changed to Myrtle after the Civil War when it applied for a postal stop.

The festival will feature local and regional music. A Gospel/bluegrass band, Satillo Circuit Riders, will perform at 11 a.m, followed by Leah Rose, a singer/songwriter from Amory, at 12:15 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., Nashville recording artist Madison Grace, also known as “The Dirt Road Angel,” will take the stage. Grace’s parents have ties to the Myrtle community. Josh Knighton, a member of Tupelo music group Wayward Kin, will perform from 2:15 until 4 p.m.

At 4:30 p.m., Myrtle’s own MisBehavin’ will perform as the featured act until 6 p.m.

Other events scheduled for the festival include an antique tractor show, giveaways, merchandise and food vendors and activities for children as well. Candidates for the upcoming county and state elections have also been allotted time to speak in between the music acts.

The music stage will be set up beginning at 9 a.m. Vendors and antique tractor show participants may take their places from 7 until 9:30 a.m. Tractor judging will begin at 10:15 a.m.

The festival is being organized this year by Mark Pipkin and John Kelly, under the guidance of the Myrtle Board of Aldermen.

For updates regarding the festival schedule, visit www.facebook.com/MyrtlesCandyHillFestival.

Event Schedule

7:00-9:30 a.m.  Vendor/tractor setup

10 a.m.Festival opens

10:15 a.m. Tractor judging begins

11 a.m.-noon  Saltillo Circuit Riders

12:15-1:15 p.m.  Leah Rose

1:30-2:30 p.m. Madison Grace

2:45-4 p.m.  Josh Knighton

4:30-6 p.m.  MisBehavin’


*Political speaking will take place before each band.


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