Crosstie Arts Festival promises fun for all
by Aimee Robinette
Apr 12, 2011 | 4469 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The 42nd annual Crosstie Arts and Jazz Festival is this weekend in Cleveland and the Bolivar County Courthouse is already adorned with the colorful banners for the event.
The 42nd annual Crosstie Arts and Jazz Festival is this weekend in Cleveland and the Bolivar County Courthouse is already adorned with the colorful banners for the event.
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Volunteers are gearing up for the 42nd Annual Crosstie Arts and Jazz Festival held this Saturday on the Cleveland Courthouse lawn.

This festival is a town favorite full of local talent from children’s art work to music from bands and choirs.

“This year we are expecting a really nice day,” said Ann Marie Pate, public relations co-chair of the festival. “We are excited to be in our 42nd year. Crosstie has always been a tradition that supports the arts.”

Numerous booths will be set up with little treasures here and there.

“We have a lot of returning artists who have been popular in the past,” she said. “We have a lot more in terms of jewelry, pottery and other items that seem to be what people want to purchase. We will also continue to have fine art work.”

From wooden spatulas and spoons to water colors and sculptures, the festival lends itself to finding a unique Christmas or housewarming gift.

Who knows, you may even find a piece of art work to showcase in your own home.

Under the Crosstie umbrella is also a juried fine arts show, which features between 75-100 exhibitors.

Judges will select winners in five categories, awarding more than $5,000 in cash prizes.

Delta State students will also show their work in competition for the Malcolm Norwood Scholarship, awarded by the Crosstie Arts Council for the piece of art judged outstanding by the jurors. Any Delta State University art major who will be enrolled at DSU in the fall of 2011, and any high school senior who will be enrolled as an art major at Delta State in the fall of 2011 is eligible.

To help keep the mood festive, several bands and choirs will be on stage.

Southern Halo, a sister trio, will rock the day away along with Amalgamation, Blue Mother Tupelo, The Fearless 4, Ol’ Skool Revue, Delta Rox, Duff and the Moonbeams, M.O.S.S., the DSU Steel Drum Band, Barry Leach Group, Port City Quartet, Kristin Dambrino and the DSU Jazz Band.

Food concessions promise a wide variety of palate pleasing fare with fish tacos to snow cones.

Children have always been the biggest part of the festival and throughout the day several events will be available to them.

From Mr. Watermelon Head, Steve the Magician to train rides, face painting and even a talent show, kids are welcomed at Crosstie!

There is also the annual 5K Run/Walk which begins at 8:30 a.m. Awards will go to the top three overall male and female participants, top 3 in each age group as well the top three finishers in the walk.

Pre-registration fee is $20 and $25 the day of the race. All proceeds go to benefit the Crosstie Arts Council and its programs. To pre-register, contact Doug Pinkerton at 719-5303.

A children’s Fun Run will also be set up with three different age levels and while there is a winner named, all children will receive a snack and medal for participating.

The popular Author’s Tent will be set up this year with a line up of fantastic writers from as far as Nashville, Tenn.

Alice Randall, the author of The Wind Done Gone; Pushkin and the Queen of Spades; and Rebel Yell, will speak at the Ellis Theater at 10 a.m. and will then be available at the tent from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Also signing books will be Curtis Wilie, Anne Hart Preus, Woody Woods, Brandi Perry, Patricia Neely-Dorsey, Bill Walker, Ramona Bridges, Dorothy Shawhan, Neil White, Steven Craddock, Elizabeth Heiskell, Susanne Reed and Daisy Karam-Read.

The Bolivar Commercial will publish a 2011 Crosstie Arts and Jazz Festival tabloid in Friday’s newspaper filled with maps, schedule of events and other information to keep you informed of what is available Saturday.