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Let them entertain you
Houston County Courier

By Lynda Jones

Crockett will be the setting for a wide range of entertainment this weekend. Musical entertainment will include Blues, fiddlin', country-western and gospel. At 7 p.m. Thursday, the Blues mural painted by Eagle Scout candidate Robert Morrison on Camp Street will be dedicated. The mural pictures seven Blues legends. Two of them are Crockett's own: the late Lightnin' Hopkins and the last living Blues artist depicted on the mural, Texas Johnny Brown. Following the dedication, move up the street to the opening of the new J. B. and Kathryn Sallas Amphitheater next to the Houston County Museum. At 8 p.m., the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association will kick off its Summer Lightnin' Series -Tunes by the Tracks with a free concert featuring Texas Johnny Brown and his Quality Blues Band. This concert will feature two Blues legends, Brown and Milton Hopkins. Hopkins, a cousin to Crockett's own Blues legend, the late Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins, will perform with Brown's Quality Blues Band. Milton Hopkins' career spans decades. He began with Little Richard and later performed with his musical mentor, Gatemouth Brown, and The Upsetters. Be sure to include a visit to the Houston County Museum at the Railroad Depot, just across the parking lot from the new amphitheater. It will be open from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. each Thursday when there is a concert. Filled with Houston County memorabilia and artifact, including a display about the Sallas family. Come rain or shine; bring your blanket or lawn chair and cooler if you like. There will be concessions available for purchase. For more information about the concert, call the PWFAA office Monday- Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 936-544-4276 or go to www.pwfaa.org. Starting bright and early Saturday morning, June 1, folks will flock to the Crockett Civic Center for a day packed with fun activities, including the 77th Annual World Championship Fiddlers' Festival and the 8th Annual Regional Steak Cook-Off. The schedule of events includes: 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. - Registration 9 a.m. - Opening ceremonies 9:30 a.m. - Senior World Championship Fiddlin' Contest begins and registration for the Junior Championship begins 30 minutes after the end of the Junior Championship contest ends, the Open World Championship begins. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Arts & Crafts/Flea Market 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Antique Tractor and Classic Car Show 11 a.m. - Tractor and Car Parade begins 12 p.m. - Steak Cook-Off begins 3 p.m. - Presentation of Antique Tractor and Classic Car awards and trophies 6 p.m. - Steak dinner served; presentation of Steak Cook-Off trophies 7 p.m. - Dennis Ivey's Texas Opry Show Tickets for the rib-eye steak dinner and Dennis Ivey's Texas Opry ($25 per person) are available at the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce office. Entry into the fiddler's competition is free. Call 936-544-2359 for more information about any of Saturday's activities.


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