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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Marianna Day Parade, Festival and Battle Re-Enactment is "Shaping Up"

By Sid Riley
The "Marianna Day" fall festival is taking shape as organizations, bands, politicians, and businesses plan for their entries in the Parade, and vendors are signing up daily for booths to sell their foods and wares.
A four person contingent from Jackson County is busy promoting the September 25-26 "Marianna day" Fall Festival by making numerous television appearances in the Florida Panhandle area. Charlotte Bruner, Director of Main Street Marianna, Chuck Hatcher, Director of Jackson County Parks and Recreation, and Re-enactors Lionel and Sheila Young form a four person presentation encouraging people to come to Marianna for the unique event.
They are appearing on CCTV Chipola Channel 4, The Morning Show on WJHG Channel 7 in Panama City, St. George Island Television, The Ann Varnum Show on WTVY Channel 4 in Dothan, and In The Spotlight on WCTV in Tallahassee. The festival is also being promoted in radio spots in community bulletins throughout the tri-state area.
Over 120 Civil War Re-enactors will be here to replay that horrible day in 1864 when Marianna’s valiant Home Guard was conquered by an invading Yankee force from Pensacola. This downtown reenactment will be preceded by a Memorial Ceremony at the Confederate Memorial in Downtown Marianna, and a Marianna Day Parade. At Citizen Lodge Park a great festival will be held with five foot stomping Bluegrass Music bands, more re-enactment activity, a "living history" encampment, arts and crafts display, and many food and crafts vendors.
If you are not a participant in parades or vendor, then you need to be sure and schedule yourself and your family to be in the area on the weekend of September 25-26, so that you can experience this historical event. Things will be booming all day Friday and Saturday as the cannons fire at the "living history" campground out at Citizens Lodge Park.
The Marianna Day Festival will offer a unique blend of excitement, festival atmosphere, and learning about our history. Plan to come.

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