Music, arts mark Tallahatchie RiverFest

NEW ALBANY – Arts and crafts, music, literary competitions? Check. Food, 5k run, kids’ events? Check.
Tallahatchie RiverFest has a full schedule for this weekend.
The New Albany festival will feature favorites like a 5k run, arts and crafts and food, and special events like a Christian music night and literary competitions.
The Tallahatchie RiverFest kicks off Thursday with “Hudson Hickman: His Film Work,” a presentation at the Union County Heritage Museum. Hickman, a film and TV producer, will speak at 11:30 a.m.
A flower show will be open during the festival and will open at 2 p.m. Thursday.
The Yahweh’s will headline the Christian music night Thursday on the courthouse lawn. Also performing include Joy Whitlock, Comeback Famous and children’s choirs.
Elizabeth Payne will make a presentation on the history of women in Union County at 10 a.m. Friday at Cine Theatre. Hickman will also speak.
Music begins at 5 p.m. Friday and entertainment includes The Dukes, Zachary’s Stone, Allison’s Rage and Rock Bottom.
Kids’ events get under way on Saturday, with music, a petting zoo, inflatables and arts and crafts.
The Coffee Addict will feature music this year starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The James Pirkle Blues Band, Porch Rockers and The Upside will perform.
Music on the courthouse stage begins at noon. Performers include Jordyn Mallory, KingBilly, Hannah Blythe, Cherry Creek and Campus Country. New Albany-based Southern rockers Braden Gray & Loose Gravel perform at 6:30 p.m., and country star Eric Church follows at 8:15 p.m.
Church has had hits with tunes like “Guys Like Me,” “Two Pink Lines,” “Love Your Love the Most” and “How ‘Bout You.” His latest album, “Carolina,” was released in March.

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Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal