Crawford Day Festival returns to town this week
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Crawford Day Festival returns to town this week

CRAWFORD — The Crawford Day Festival is fast approaching.

Crawford Mayor Deane Parson said the festival, also known as the Crawford Cotton Boll Festival, was once a one-day community event. But now in its 16th year, the festival has expanded to three days of music, food, games and more.

“It’s really picked up, and people are coming from all over,” Parson said. “Some people are coming from all over the house for Crawford Day.”

The festival kicks off Thursday at 6 p.m. with a celebration behind Crawford City Hall. The event will feature special music from Falisa Janaye and DJ Steamboat, as well as food, games and prizes.

Thursday’s event is both a chance to show appreciation to clients and a tribute to Lowndes County District Court Judge Peggy G. Phillips, who has been named the city’s “unsung hero” of the year, Parson said.

“Everybody loves Judge Phillips,” Parson said. “I think it’s been 57 years of her being a judge. … And I don’t know how many years she’s worked in the school system. So they want to honor her and thank her for what she does in the community.”

The festivities will begin again on Friday at 6pm with performances by DJ Reddmann, Mark Selvie, Mr. Rogers, Artistik, Young Guy and Vic Allen.

Friday’s event, Parson said, will be held in memory of Cadillac Don, a young musical artist originally from the Crawford community who died. Although Cadillac Don was living in Georgia when he died, he still came home every year for Crawford Day, she said.

“He was always involved in our activities and always giving back to our community,” Parson said.

This year, Parson said, the Crawford Day Festival also includes a health fair and Walk-A-Thon on Saturday morning that will raise money for St. Jude. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the health fair and walk begin at 9 a.m.

“I had a nephew — his name is Brandon Thomas — he was at St. Jude’s for a couple of years,” Parson said. “And they did a really good job, and the community gives back to St. Jude every year in his honor.”

Later in the day the music will pick up again with Cleo Sanders hosting and DJ Jampony, Tim Frierson, The Clark Family and MS Traveling Stars performing.

Then at 6:00 PM, music will continue with 601 Band Jackson, MS, Crossroad Band, Karen Wolfe, Marcellus the Singer, and PC Band. Rick “Don’t Go” Mason will host Saturday night’s performances.

He said the festival will feature Southern soul, gospel, rap, R&B and other genres of music that will appeal to all audiences. Although he has been organizing festivals in the area for years, he said he always looks forward to the Crawford Day Festival because of its energy.

“It’s a great, fun time,” Mason said. “Family-friendly atmosphere. It’s a … very, very small town, but it offers a lot of great entertainment. A lot of positive entertainment. And the kids get out to do different things all day long.”

Parson said community members who have moved away often come back to the festival as a good opportunity to come home, but anyone from the area is invited to come and enjoy the event. All events are free and will be held behind City Hall, including in the pavilion and on the baseball fields behind the building.

“If you want to have a good time, bring your lawn chairs,” Parson said. “Sit down, enjoy the music. … The food is amazing. And all you have to do is sit down, eat and relax.”

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