By CHRIS WILSON
AMORY – The 30th annual Amory Railroad Festival will officially get under way with an opening ceremony held in Frisco Park at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 17.
During the opening ceremony, festival committee members, including chairpersons Heather Holman and Debra Strawbridge, will be recognized for their efforts in planning the 2008 festival. Amory Mayor Howard Boozer also will welcome guests to the festival.
Winners of the Miss Railroad Festival Pageant will be introduced including 2008 Miss Amory Railroad Festival Brittany Harris of Shannon.
Keri McMillin of Tupelo will sing the National Anthem signaling the official start of festivities. She has been singing since the age of three and frequently sings throughout Northeast Mississippi and the South.
A special part of opening ceremonies will be when the Amory Junior Auxiliary announces the city’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year for 2008.
Last year’s outstanding citizen was Leotis Hubbard who does missionary outreach with the poor in the area.
Other entertainment that is set for opening night includes local comedian Greg Malone who will perform his stand-up act at 6:15 p.m. followed by the band Braden Gray & Loose Gravel at 6:30 p.m.
The highlight entertainment of the night is country music legend Marty Stuart accompanied by the Fabulous Superlatives who will perform from 8-9:30 p.m. in a free outdoor concert.
There will be no hobo parade this year.
The traditional Railroad Festival community-wide worship service organized by the Amory Ministerial Association will be held on Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.