JuneFest in Choctaw County this weekend

By Staff and Press Reports


Events for the

entire family


Choctaw County’s JuneFest 2013 will held Saturday, June 1 in downtown Ackerman.

JuneFest will feature a full day of fun activities and events for the entire family.

Activities include a 5K Run/Walk, Pet Show, Car and Truck Show, Quilt Show, and expanded Kids’ World, Treasure Alley, Bingo, over 40 arts and crafts vendors and entertainment.



Main Street in Ackerman will be lined with a variety of arts and crafts vendors. Almost 50 vendors are expected to set up shop in downtown Ackerman along with plenty of food vendors and the Farmer’s Market and Treasure Alley vendors.

Kids World

This year’s Kids’ World will have activities for all ages of kids and even a few activities the adults may enjoy. There will be a rock wall and bucking bull all ages can enjoy. The bucking bull will be controlled by an operator who can increase or decrease the intensity for each rider. Two rock wall climbs or two rides on the bucking bull are $5.

There will be four different inflatables for kids to play on plus a water slide. There will be your traditional jump house and new inflatables like an obstacle course and many more surprises. There will be a $5 unlimited play wristband available for kids to enjoy all the inflatables.

Petting Zoo

The Petting Zoo will be held at the corner of East Quinn and Commerce Streets on the shaded lot to keep the animals cool.

The Petting Zoo will have chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, miniature donkeys, horses and mules, along with a few unusual, surprise animals. Kids can get up close and personal with the animals in the Petting Zoo by feeding them for only a $1. There will also be games for $1 and pony rides for $3.

5K Run/Walk

The JuneFest 5K Run/Walk will be the first event of the festival on Saturday, June 1. French Camp Academy and Camp of the Rising Son are sponsoring the event. This year’s event is not only for runners, but for walkers too. The entire family can participate together!

Registration will begin at 7 a.m. on race day with the race beginning at 7: 30 a.m. in front of the pavilion at the walking track.

Prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female runners and walkers.

More info visit www.frenchcamp.org or call the Chamber of Commerce office.

The winners of the race will be awarded their prize at the opening ceremony of JuneFest at 10 a.m. at the pavilion on Main Street.

Pet Show

The annual Ackerman Twentieth Century Club Pet Show is open to all ages and pets. The Pet Show will be held next to the library and all proceeds from the event are donated to the library. Registration for the Pet Show will begin at 9 a.m. with the show starting at 9:30 a.m. There is a $2 entry fee for each of the 18 possible categories to enter.

Ribbons will be awarded to the winners in each category with an overall best of show winner being awarded at the end. Registration forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office.

Car Show

The Choctaw County Cruisers will be hosting a Car and Truck Show around the Choctaw County Courthouse starting at 8 a.m. Registration for the Car and Truck Show is $25 and will include a t-shirt. Judging for the Car and Truck Show will be from 11 a.m. to – 1 p.m. with door prizes being announced from 1 pm– 1:30 p.m. First, second and third place winners will be announced in each category. For a complete list of the Car and Truck Show categories or to register contact Allen Pyron 662-265-7517, Ricky Brock 662-694-1167 or Jerry Sanders 662-285-7720.


Crowd favorite activity Bingo at JuneFest will move to a new time this year. Bingo will start at 3 p.m. at Pap’s. When the temperature is rising in the afternoon come cool off inside and play a few games of Bingo.

Bingo is sponsored by the Ackerman Twentieth Century Club each year. Tickets are 50 cents and most games cost one ticket to play. There may be several two ticket or higher games with a bigger door prize at stake. Play every game of Bingo with a $25 all afternoon pass. The winner of every game of Bingo receives a prize donated by local businesses.


Local entertainment will fill the air during JuneFest from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce will welcome a guest entertainer. Terry Blackwood, to the pavilion at noon.

Terry Blackwood is a gospel music performer and is the son of Doyle Blackwood, the original co-founder of the famed Blackwood Brother’s Quartet of Choctaw County.

His distinctive vocal styling has been featured on many Christian chart-topping singles while associated with two highly acclaimed vocal groups, The Elvis Imperials and Andrus, Blackwood & Co. Terry is often a featured soloist on the Bill Gaither Homecoming videos.

Saturday night entertainment for JuneFest 2013 will feature Southern Flair Bluegrass Gospel Band at 6 p.m. followed by Full Circle Party Band at 7:30 p.m.

The JuneFest Committee chose to use local county musicians and bands for this year’s feature entertainment. Both bands have members from right here in Choctaw County.

Southern Flair Bluegrass Gospel Band will set the tempo for Full Circle Party Band starting at 6 p.m.

Southern Flair is composed of six band members with two pairs of siblings. Brother and

sister duo Patrick and Jenna McCrory of Kosciusko and a trio of sisters, Madison, Lainey and Hannah Goins of French Camp and the last member, Anthony Howell, of the Zama community near Kosciusko.

The group was originally formed in the spring of 2011. All of the past and present members are students of Alan Sibley from the Magnolia Ramblers. Sibley serves as a teacher and mentor to the children as their group has transformed and grew in talent and performances.

Full Circle Party Band performed at JuneFest in 2011. The band will fill the air with sounds from the 60s, 70s and 80s moving people out of their lawn chairs and onto the dance floor.

Full Circle Party Band members are Morgan Scribner, Melvin Mordicai, Terry McClelland, Steve Denson, Bill MacNeill and Bud Gillis.

Full Circle Party Band plans to entertain the JuneFest crowd with music from Credence Clear Water Revival, KC and the Sunshine Band, Motown, rhythm and soul.

Bring your lawn chair and grab a spot early in front of the pavilion in downtown Ackerman to enjoy hours of musical entertainment from Southern Flair Bluegrass Gospel and Full Circle Party Bands. See you Saturday, June 1 at 6 p.m. at the pavilion on Main Street.

If you have any questions or comments about JuneFest, please contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 662-285-3778.