Slugburger Festival offers more than burgers

CORINTH – The Slugburger Festival may not feature Mac McAnally this year, but it has plenty else going on.
Music, a carnival and plenty of slugburgers are what the 23rd annual festival has to offer.
Belmont native McAnally, an award-winning songwriter and musician and member of Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band, was scheduled to perform at this weekend’s festival in Corinth.
A date opened up for Buffett to perform a charity show for the Gulf Coast, however, and McAnally is due to perform there this weekend instead.
McAnally will make up his Corinth appearance at the HogWild Festival on Oct. 2.
Still, this year’s Slugburger festival is not lacking in entertainment.
Kicking off the entertainment on Thursday is the “Slug Idol” competition.
“We have local talent come in and perform, and each one will do a song. Then we’ll take the top three, and they’ll perform, and then we pick first, second and third,” said Kelly Rinehart, director of Main Street Corinth.
Retrospect will perform after the competition.
On Friday night, the top 3 “Slug Idol” finalists will perform, as will Backroads Band and Nash Street.
Nash Street is a bluegrass/country band from Starkville.
Breaking Curfew kicks off the entertainment on Saturday, followed by Jamie Davis and Soul Gravy.
The entertainment will take place at the Train Depot on Fillmore Street, while the carnival – featuring rides, games and carnival food – is near Trailhead Park at Cruise and Jackson streets.
Making an appearance at both locations are those famous burgers.
“We’ll have plenty of fun, good festival food at both locations. We have plenty of slugburgers to go around,” Rinehart said.
She invited everyone to checkout downtown Corinth during the festival.
“It’s just a really fun time in downtown Corinth. There will be a lot of shops open, and it’s fun to go to the (Civil War) Interpretive Center,” she said. “We just have a great downtown, and we like to show it off.”

Slugburger Festival
What: Music, food, carnival
When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Music begins at about 7 p.m. each night. Carnival opens at 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon Saturday.
Where: Carnival is by Trailhead Park at Cruise and Jackson Streets; entertainment venue is at the Train Depot on Fillmore Street.
Cost: Free. $5/entertainment Friday and Saturday, $6/entertainment Saturday.
Info: slugburgerfestival.com or (662) 287-1550

What’s a slugburger?
“A slugburger is a burger made of a mixture of beef and some form of cheaper breading extender which is then deep-fat fried to a golden brown. … In earlier days, cornmeal was commonly used as an extender in slugburgers and animal fat was used for frying. In modern times, soybean meal has become the ingredient of choice. …The standard garnish for a slugburger is mustard, pickle and an ample dose of onions.”
-Slugburgerfestival.com

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