UPDATE: Cash festival on hiatus

STARKVILLE — Organizers say the Johnny Cash Flower Pickin’ Festival won’t be held this year.

Executive director Robbie Ward made the announcement Thursday, citing limitations in funding, promotion and time.

The 2007 festival featured a “pardon” for Cash, more than 40 years after he spent a night in the Starkville jail for public drunkenness.

There are different versions of what happened on May 11, 1965.

Cash — who died in 2003 — wrote in his autobiography that after a concert at Mississippi State University, he went to a fraternity party and was arrested while walking from his motel to a grocery store to buy cigarettes. He was released the next day.

Another version is that Cash was arrested while picking flowers in someone’s yard.

The Associated Press

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