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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fall Festival is a “GO”

County Commissioners Approve $15,000 in Tourist Development Funds for First “Marianna Day” Fall Festival.
By Sid Riley
All of the “t’s” have been crossed and the “i’s” dotted and all required steps have been taken to assure needed funding is available for the development of a new Fall Festival for Jackson County. At Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Jackson County Commission, the commissioners granted final approval of the funding previously approved by the Jackson County TDC (Tourist Development Commission) for the creation of this new event for our area.
Similar funding was provided several years ago for the purpose of developing a Spring Festival, the now familiar “Paint and Pork” event which has grown steadily each year, and has become a major event for our area. This Fall Festival will be named the “Marianna Day Fall Festival”, and will feature two attractions. The entertainment theme for the event will be Bluegrass Music, which will be provided by numerous recognized Bluegrass Music groups. The other theme for the event will be the first ever reenactment of the “Battle of Marianna” at the actual location where the historical conflict occurred. Several Civil War reenactment groups will be involved in the event.
This new Festival will be held on September 25-26, the closest weekend to the actual date of the Battle of Marianna, which occurred on September 27, 1864. This September, 145 years later, the Union soldiers of the North will again round Ely’s Corner on Lafayette Street in Marianna to be met by the local Confederate soldiers and brave “Home Guard” volunteers as they valiantly try to defend Marianna from these invaders.
The planning and coordination of the festival is being accomplished through the involvement of the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department, Theophilus West, M.D. Camp 1346, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Main Street Marianna, the Chipola Regional Artist Association, and the Jackson County Times.

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