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Town prepares to host pulpwood festival

Gospel music attraction The Isaacs will perform Sept. 8 at the13th annual New Hebron Pulpwood Festival.

The Isaacs, a family group known for their unique style thatmarries bluegrass harmonies and instrumentation with modernsouthern gospel lyrics, perform frequently at the Grand Ole Opry,are active members on the Gaither Homecoming Videos and ConcertSeries and travel nationally throughout the year.

Among the many awards of the Isaacs are Song of the Year in1993, SGMA Song of the Year in 2001, SGMA Musician of the Year2001. They won a Dove Award for Bluegrass Album of the Year in1997, nominated for a Dove as Bluegrass Album of the Year in 2001,IBMA Gospel Bluegrass Group of the Year and Sonya Isaacs as FemaleVocalist of the Year.

Local entertainers will perform in a musical showcase beginningat 10 a.m. that leads to the 7 p.m. Concert Under The Stars,featuring The Isaacs.

Main Street in New Hebron will close around 7 a.m. to allowvendors time to set up for the 8 a.m. festival opening, said BeckyYarbrough, president of the Newhebron Activity Club, which sponsorsthe event. Main Street will reopen around 10 p.m. following theconcert.

“It’s a community event,” she said. “We close the main streetdown and share in fellowship. It’s a small town atmosphere thatbrings everyone together.”

The Pulpwood Festival features a flea market, children’sactivities, quilt expo, and various arts and crafts offered byvendors during the course of the day.

“We’ve had people calling every day,” Yarbrough said. “I thinkwe have about 30 vendors committed now.”

Those who have committed so far offer a myriad of arts andcrafts for sale, including jewelry, framed prints, ceramics andpottery, floral arrangements, bird houses and many others, shesaid.

“I think we’ll have a good variety of things,” Yarbroughsaid.

It is an outdoor event, she said, and festival goers areencouraged to bring a lawn chair to the concert.

In case of rain, the concert will move to the family life centerof New Hebron Pentecostal Church.

“We are looking forward to a big day,” Yarbrough said. “We’vealready sold a good number of advance tickets.”

Tickets are $15 the day of the festival, but may be purchased inadvance for $10. Advance tickets are available in Brookhaven atBrookhaven Music and Sound; Radio Shack in Monticello; or The HideyHole Gift Shop in New Hebron.

There are also special rates for church groups and childrenunder the age of 8 are admitted free, Yarbrough said.

For more information, call Yarbrough at (601) 694-2532.

The event is sponsored in part through a grant from theMississippi Arts Commission.