A gigantic, two-day event will once again take place in Marlin on May 20 and 21 at the Marlin City Park.
The Marlin Music and Blues Festival, originally called the Wood Street Blues Festival when it made its debut in 2003, was organized to pay tribute to a former Marlin resident, Blind Willie Johnson, and other pioneers of the gospel blues movement that became popular in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
The original Blues Festival was held in 2003 – 2005, but many circumstances prevailed and prevented the annual event from taking place – until now.
Local citizens, members of the Blues Festival Committee, city of Marlin employees and members of the Marlin Chamber of Commerce, have spent many hours in reorganizing the festival, adding a multitude of activities and events to the playbill and moving the venue from it’s original Wood Street site to the city park to accommodate everything planned. This year, the festival will not only feature live entertainment, but a carnival, crafts, good food and fun for the entire family.
On Friday, May 20, from 6 p.m. – 12 midnight, a full slate of talented performers including Wes Hardin and the Country Outlaws, Guilty Pleasure and Pearl Snaps will take center stage to present various forms of musical entertainment. There is no admission fee for this event.
On Saturday, May 21, the day will be filled something for everyone. Beginning the day, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Spirit Battle 2011 will be held that will feature step/stomp, praise dance and vocal competitions. Guidelines, fees and registration forms may be picked up at Marlin City Hall, and must be returned by May 5th. Musical entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. This is a BYOB event (no glass containers, please) and you are encouraged to bring your lawn chairs.
The festival is co-sponsored by the Marlin Chamber of Commerce and the city of Marlin. Vendors interested in becoming part of the Festival are encouraged to call Cynthia Dees at the Chamber at 803-3301. Spaces are $25 for both days and vendors will taken on a first come, first serve basis with no duplication of vendor items or food items.
Also scheduled for Saturday, May 21st is Market on Main Street from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and sponsored by the Marlin Downtown Merchants Association, the annual Lions Club Car and Motorcycle Show from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and the Falls Community Hospital and Clinic Health Fair from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Mark your calendars now for May 20 and 21 and spend the weekend in Marlin. There is plenty of lodging available within the city, just minutes from the Marlin City Park. Call the Chamber of Commerce for information at 803-3301. As with any event, volunteers are needed to help in all aspects of service areas. Please call either number above to pledge your help.
Watch future issues of The Marlin Democrat for more details about all the activities planned for May 20 and 21, 2011.