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Festival returning to the town of Smithville

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Updated: 6/09/2013 9:53 pm
SMITHVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - After looking over Rod Brasfield Park, the Law Enforcement Wives of Monroe County have announced that this August, the Rod Brasfield Festival is coming back.

Local entertainers along with vendors are excited about having another festival added to the list.

"Yeah we're looking forward to bringing the festival back and having lots of fun," said Priscilla Barker, country music singer. "It's going to be a good time and we're hoping to bring a lot of people in and hopefully get this festival up and going."

"I know it's been a while since they've had it and I'm glad they're bringing it back," added David Long, musician. "You'll be able to bring your family out for a good time."

The festival, which ran for 16 years, has a lot of history to it.

That's why organizers are looking to capitalize on new endeavors while at the same time restoring the heritage.

"It used to be 4,000 to 5,000 people here in town over the weekend so that's what we're looking for again," adds Jimmy Dabbs, alderman. "You know, with the arts and crafts vendors and food vendors -- just the camaraderie of everybody being together."

With the majority of the people who were responsible for organizing and putting on the previous festivals now either deceased or retired, a younger generation of people from the town of Smithville have decided to step forward and bring back the once-popular festival.

"It use to be a real big thing and we've gone through a lot here just getting the Rod Brasfield Festival here in Smithville," adds Dabbs. "You know, getting people together that hadn't seen each other in a long time. It's just going to bring a lot of people back in."

If all goes as planned the festival will also help the town in a number of ways as Smithville is still coping with rebuilding efforts.

Local residents and business owners say it can be a big piece to the recovery puzzle.

"It's a town event but our town is more like a family," adds Sherrel Clark, Smithville resident. "So it's a weekend family gathering."

"I really would love to see this help Smithville get back and get back in shape," added Rebecca Luker, business owner. "It needs to grow more. A lot of people had to leave and it was so sad, so we want to just bring everybody back and lets build Smithville the way it was and even better."

And they say that can only serve to help the town heal from the effects of that deadly April 2011 tornado.

The festival will be held Aug. 16 and 17.
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