COLUMBUS, Mississippi (WCBI) – A barbecue, funnel cakes and live music are what festival goers saw when they showed up at Townsend Park on Saturday, July 3, 2021.
“It’s just something for people to kick back and relax and have fun someday, come in peace, you know, have a unit, it’s pretty much unity, it’s for everything the world, âsaid festival president Wendy Blunt.
Blunt and co-founder Jeff Smith decided to cancel last year’s event due to the covid-19 pandemic. Now citizens are ready to go back to what they love.
âWe sat down and weighed the options on whether to do it or not, all of the things we looked at said it was time for us to get back to a sense of normalcy and that gets us started on this process,â he said. Smith said.
Columbus’ DJ Lovebone invited blue performers like Lacee and Wendell B to perform crowd favorites.
“We have become a partnership now, he not only provides us with our music, but some of our publicity, as he is here on view that day as a support group that brings people to the area,” Smith said.
There was one special honoree the committee remembered, the late co-founder Gene Taylor. The coordinators organized a scholarship fund in his memory.
âWe’re doing this in his honor, it’s something he and his supervisor Smith have done over the years. It’s our first year without him being here, so this year we’re going to do a memorial service for him, “Blunt said. .
The citizens celebrated the unity of the community.
âPeople are coming home for July 4th, it’s like a big reunion, a big vacation for a lot of people, it’s all going to live together and bond together,â said blues artist Falisa Janaye.
The Blues Fest started at 11 a.m. and continued until 10 p.m.