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Southern Fried and Sweet Tea Fills Downtown

Posted 8/28/19

McKenzie hosted its annual Southern Fried and Sweet Tea Festival on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in downtown. The event featured music, craft vendors, amusement rides, a petting zoo, sweet tea and …

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Southern Fried and Sweet Tea Fills Downtown

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McKenzie hosted its annual Southern Fried and Sweet Tea Festival on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in downtown. The event featured music, craft vendors, amusement rides, a petting zoo, sweet tea and fried food.

The events started with the Southern Fried Funnies in the Park Theatre. It featured local actors in Hee Haw-style skits. It was presented by Carroll Arts.

On Friday evening, the downtown was filled with fried food, petting zoos, and carnival rides. Flashback Band performed on Broadway Street.

On Saturday, Bethel University and the City of McKenzie hosted a table tennis championship. It was at the Vera Low Center on Bethel’s campus. Downtown vendors reopened to sell food and crafts and the Southern Fried Funnies returned for the second and final performance at the Park Theatre. The cast included: Wayne Bannister, Katie Bloodworth, Anna Moore, Veronica Davis, Matthew Espey, Andrew Evans, Ed Long, Amy McCaskill, Judi Murphy, Fran Musser, Brad Sam, Joe Sam, Mark Warren, Dan Webb and “The Gossip Girls.”

The Barons band from Paris performed at 5 p.m. followed by Bethel’s Renaissance Theater, Quartet, and Choir.

Act II Committee hosts the annual event. It is chaired by Ryan Griffin. The Committee was first organized to raise money to restore the Park Theatre. That goal was accomplished, however, the festival continues as McKenzie’s signature festival.

The next festival is the Boo Bash, sponsored by the City of McKenzie and Bethel University.

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