Hwy 49 SummerFest, part one of bi-annual event

2021 will be the first year the City of Richland will host the Highway 49 SummerFest. An offshoot of the annual Highway 49 Festival typically held each September, the SummerFest will replace it as one of a two-part yearly event, with a second festival to be held in the fall. The cost for admission is $10 per arm band, per person, and the fee covers admission to the Foam Party, as well as unlimited access to the inflatables and game activities.

The Foam Party is designed to entertain kids of all ages and includes micro- bubble foam with music. Swimsuits and towels are required, as well as a change of clothing.

Inflatables to be featured this year include:

the mega rainbow combo slide, purple crush slide, supersonic combo slide, yellow rush bounce house, eighteen-foot red wave slide, nineteen-foot rainbow marble slide and twenty-two- foot tsunami slide.

Also available on-site will be a few small-scale carnival games.

Food vendors will supply an assortment of southern cooking, including catfish, burgers, chicken on a stick, corn dogs, funnel cakes, nachos, sandwiches, burgers, crawfish etouffee, polish sausage, cowboy nachos and cheese fries, and for dessert, bread pudding.

Beginning at 6 p.m., adult entertainment will be live, and, in keeping with the "Back to the 80s" theme, will feature the band U.S. According to their official bio, U.S. the band"...is a rock band whose main mission seems to be keeping rock music alive and well in the southeast.

A good bit of their set is rock from the 80s, but don’t let that fool you, just when you think you’ve got them pegged, they'll kick off with a country standard like 'Calling Baton Rouge' or 'Save A Horse,' and then turn it all around with their 'Summer Love/Greased Lightning' medley from Grease. They entertain and interact with the crowds constantly and keep them involved. These fellows know how to show a crowd a good time.

U.S. the band includes Kelly Nagy on vocals, Jeff Manns on guitar, Richie Wright on drums and Corey Lessard on bass. Their presentation includes an elaborate state set-up with giant video monitors, fog, and light display.

Following U.S. the band is another

fan-favorite, The Molly Ringwalds, slated to hit the stage at 8 p.m. According to www.themollyringwalds.com:

"Those who have seen them know The Molly Ringwalds take every stage they step on with force. They dazzle and engage their audiences with energy and passion, while taking them on a musical journey filled with all the hits that transcended the 80s and defined a generation. The Molly Ringwalds' show is loaded with the visual enormity and glam that encompassed the essence of the decade’s music scene. Music videos of the iconic songs are the backdrop to a stage that comes to life with a captivating light show and a movable set that draws every single person into the moment."

Barbara Adams, events coordinator for the City of Richland encourages residents to, "come out and enjoy the good food, kid’s activities and good music."

General parking for the event will be available in Eastside Park, on Ranger Drive, and in the parking lot located behind First Baptist Church. Handicapped parking will be available at the Community Center in a pre-designated area.

For more information, contact Adams at 601-420-3402.

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