The Ecru Peach Festival is gearing up for a big bang finish with the 8 p.m. appearance of the Bouffants out of Memphis this Saturday, June 15 on Main Street in Ecru.
Tagged as “Everybody’s favorite party band,” the group has made a couple of appearances in North Mississippi at the Bodock Festival.
The band consists of Stephanie “Peggy” Hill, Sheila “Pinky” Lester, Orisha “Cookie” Bowers, Paige “Aerial” Brown, Andy Rushing, Stage Manager; Kevin Houston, Saxophone/Guitar/Agent; Jay Barzon, Drums; Rusty Stavely, Keyboards; Chris Rutledge, Guitar and Dave Griffin, Bass.
From Minneapolis to New Orleans, Chicago to Atlanta, The Bouffants have thrilled audiences with classic songs from groups like The Jackson Five, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and Sly & the Family Stone. But the dancing doesn't stop there! You'll hear the classic hits from Motown and Stax, to rock and roll, and current favorites. The boast showy costumers, slick choreography and a dance beat that will have you groovin.
But long before this grand finale there is a lot of music, fun and festival to be had in Ecru. Opening at 8 a.m. for those who want shop in the early morning breezes, vendors will be there with all kinds of wares to sell.
Now are you sure you have the right kind of car seat for your child? Ecru Police Chief Matt Stringer and his staff will be on hand to check your car seat and help you get the right one you need for your child. Make sure you drop by his tent and get your car seat check for the protection of your most valuable treasure in this life.
And speaking of dropping into tents, if you want to sell from your tent rather than be a shopper yourself, there are still vendor spaces for $30 each. Please call Whitney Smith at 419-9750 to reserve your space today.
A parade of the vintage cars of yesteryear is set for 10 a.m. with the Pontotoc County Cruisers Car Club set to “oooooh” and “aaaaaah” you with their shiney classics rolling down Main Street at 10 a.m.
After they all get parked in place behind the stage, the political speaking will gear up at 10:30 and anyone who wants to speak may have a chance at the mic, someone will be at a nearby table to sign you up.
And then the next peach cobbler eater will be crowned when the pie eating contest gets underway at Pannel Park some time around two. But if you enjoy cooking cobbler and want to carry home a trophy for your culinary art, you can sign up for the cobbler cooking contest, the fee to get your cobbler judged is $5. Please drop your cobblers at Patty Turk Properties sometime between one and three in the afternoon they will be judged at three and a trophy will be awarded.
From two until four you can browse and look at all the vendors and get your chairs set up around the stage for some good music to end the day.
Brittany McGee is scheduled to sing from 4-5 p.m. After a 15 minute intermission Karley Clayton will sing from 5:15 until 6:15. At 6:30 Pontotoc’s own blues band man Barney Harris and his Legend of the Blues will swing onto the stage with your favorite blues music.
Following their music, there will be a half an hour intermission for the Bouffants to set up and they will rock the night out with their tunes beginning at 8 p.m.
Peach festival schedule
Vendors set up - 7:30-8 a.m.
Festival opens - 8 a.m.
Pontotoc County Cruisers Car Club parade - 10:00 a.m.
Political Speaking - 10:30 a.m.
Peach Cobbler Eating Contest - 2 p.m.
Peach Cobbler Cooking Contest Judged - 3 p.m. (Please drop off between 1-3 p.m.)
Brittany McGee - 4:00 p.m.
Karley Clayton - 5:15 p.m.
Legend of the Blues - 6:30 p.m.
The Bouffants - 8:00 p.m.