Iuka Heritage Festival set for this weekend

IUKA – A weekend of music, food and special events is planned in Iuka Mineral Springs Park and Jay Bird Park for Iuka Heritage Day as the city’s summer festival season winds down.
Not only does Saturday’s music schedule include a rising name in the country music business, but also a new feature is a performance by the White Horse Dancers and Drummers of the Cherokee Tribe of Mississippi.
“They’ll open the festival and perform from 10 a.m. until about 12:45 p.m.,” said Sandra Medlin, one of the event organizers. “Headlining this year’s event will be recording artist Leah Seawright. Her new single ‘On the Backroads’ is Number 31 on the Music Row Country Breakout Charts.”
The performance lineup also includes: 1 p.m., Smokehouse Band; 2:30 p.m., New Outlaws 4:30 p.m., Seawright; and at 6:15 p.m. Winners from the Iuka’s Got Talent contest.
“There were junior, intermediate, adult and overall winners in the contest on Aug. 27 who will perform,” Medlin said.
Music continues Sunday with a 3 p.m. community service featuring a community choir and local gospel groups.
The Boy Scouts are sponsoring a Scouts Heritage 5K Walk/Run that begins at 8 a.m., the Wheels of Northeast Mississippi Car Club car show will be 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in Jay Bird Park, an antique tractor show and parade, and there will be many arts and crafts and food vendors.
“We’ve opened up more spaces in the park and there will be more vendors than ever this year,” said Iuka Alderman Martha Biggs, vendor coordinator.

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