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Old time political rally is Saturday

An old time political rally will take place at Case’s Grocery Saturday.

Beginning at 6 p.m., a rally for local and state candidates will take place at 1261 California Road. The event is free to the public.

“I’m the third generation to do this, so it’s kinda neat,” Tammy Case Williford said.

The political rally held at Case’s Grocery started in 1957 when James and Johnnie Case organized it. It’s been held for every general election since then.

When the couple passed away in 2014, their son Robert Case continued the tradition until his passing in 2017. Robert’s daughters Williford and Trudy Case Dawkins carry the torch now.

“Growing up that’s all I ever knew,” Williford said.

Local entertainment by Shaw Furlow will be provided and Greg Russell will emcee the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

Pulled pork and brisket barbecued by Mark Porter and other concessions will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the Robert Earl Case Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship fund was started by Williford and Dawkins at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in honor of their father.

For local candidates to participate, the cost is $25. For district and state representatives it’s $50 and for statewide candidates it’s $100. These proceeds will also go to the scholarship fund.

A mix of 25 local and state candidates are already signed up to speak at the event.

The purpose of the rally is for voters to come out and socialize with each other and the candidates, and hear what the candidates have to say.

Williford said she learned about the importance of hearing what the candidates had to say and how crucial voting is through attending the rally as a child. She said attending a rally like this also helps people get away from the fast pace of everyday life.

“I think it’s good to get back to wholesome fun,” Williford said. “I hope we have a good crowd and for everyone to have a good time and I hope the candidates come out and speak about their platform.”

For more information, contact Williford at 601-757-1347.

Story by Gracie Byrne