Planning continues for Corinth sesquicentennial celebrations

BY LENA MITCHELL

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – A series of celebrations is planned this year to honor ways the city has evolved over its 150-year history.

Most of the celebratory activities will fall during a three-week period beginning in late June and continuing into July, said committee chairman John D. Mercier.

“Our soft' opening will be Thursday night, June 23, with the bluegrass pickin' we already have every week,” Mercier said. “Then we'll have the official grand opening Friday night, June 24.”

Events will continue through the weekend with a parade, a living history and other events.

A schedule that includes special events as well as events traditionally held in Corinth during this time frame will be blended into the sesquicentennial events calendar, he said.

Those events include a special worship and music service at the Crossroads Arena June 26; the Easom High School Homecoming Reunion events July 1-3; a symphony orchestra concert of period music July 2; the Jacinto Festival July 4; the Slugburger Festival July 7-9 and the Magnolia Classic Walking Horse Show July 16.

“We've planned a period clothing workshop and fashion show,” said committee member Donna Stockton. “What we're trying to do is get everybody interested in wearing period clothing.”

Men may want to participate in a beard contest and are being urged to begin growing beards now to compete, though Mercier said an event coordinator has not been appointed yet.

Committee members expect sesquicentennial events also will help build excitement for the reenactment of the Battle of Corinth to be held Oct. 1-2.

The period clothing workshop is planned for March 5, and the fashion show for late May, in time to start everyone thinking about the kind of representative clothing they want to wear for the celebrations.

“A lot of people won't dress up, but clothing will include all the eras of the 150 years, from pre-Civil War “Prairie” dress to Victorian, 1920s, 1940s, 1960s and '70s to the present day,” Stockton said. “If someone is wearing present-day clothing, they might have on a button that says This is my costume.'”

Contact Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com

Volunteers interested in helping with either Corinth sesquicentennial events or the Battle of Corinth re-enactment are asked to call the Corinth Area Tourism Promotion Council at (662) 287-8300.