Hed: T. Graham Brown, Amazing Rhythm Aces, Steve Azar headline Slugburger Festival

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH - A tasty tradition of the South will be sizzling in downtown Corinth next week when the Downtown Corinth Association hosts the ninth annual Slugburger Festival July 11-13.

The festival spotlights a local delicacy, the slugburger. Contrary to its name, the "gourmet" burger is made from soybean meal with beef trimmings and flavored with spices. The slugburger patty is deep fried and best served on a bun with mustard, onion and dill pickles.

This meat dish was created during the Great Depression when folks were forced to economize. Because it was a fake hamburger, it was dubbed a slugburger. A slug is a metal, nickel-sized coin that not-so-honest folks sometimes use in vending machines.

In addition to the menu headliner, there will be a wide range of foods available for public sampling or for those not brave enough to try a slugburger for the first time. However, everyone is urged to sample the slugburger, which has gotten rave reviews from first-time diners at past festivals.

A carnival will be available for the kids and the young at heart. This year's event will also feature a pottery gallery and lots of local and nationally famous entertainers.

Headline entertainers this year include T. Graham Brown, Amazing Rhythm Aces and Steve Azar, an up-and-coming country entertainer from Mississippi.

Corinth's own Law of Nature, a popular musical group, will be the opening act Thursday at 9 p.m. Brown will perform Friday at 10 p.m. Saturday's entertainment will feature the Amazing Rhythm Aces at 8 p.m. and Azar at 10 p.m.

The festival will be held at the Corinth Depot on Fillmore Street. Gate prices are $5 for adults with children under 12 allowed to enter free. Three-day passes are being presold for $12 at Office Pro, Biggers Hardware, National Bank of Commerce, Harper Road Chevron, Margel's Restaurant, Spice of Life Bookstore and the Downtown Association office.

For additional information, telephone the Downtown Association at 2887-1550.

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