HOUSTON — Saxophone legend and Calhoun County native Ace Cannon will headline the Flywheel Festival in Houston and the nationally known musician is expected to draw a crowd to this year’s spring event.
Cannon was inducted into both the Rock and Soul Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2008, he was honored with induction into the Mississippi Musicians’ Hall Of Fame.
The 32nd annual Mississippi Valley Flywheel Spring Festival will be held April 26-27 at Joe Brigance Park. Cannon will play from 11 a.m. to noon on the main stage in the center of the park.
“We are very excited to get such a well-known name with local connections,” said Joyce East, Chickasaw Development Foundation Executive Director and co-sponsor of the Houston Flywheel Festival. “Ace Cannon is well known around we think his music will be the type people who come to the Flywheel Festival will enjoy immensely.”
Flywheel Festival bands and singers and the time they will perform are:
5 p.m. – Bobby Hood.
6 p.m. – Brenda Whitlock.
7 p.m. – The Over-The-Hill Jazz Band.
10 a.m. – Community Choir.
11 a.m. – Ace Cannon.
1 p.m. – One Way Quartet.
New the spring festival is the Miss Flywheel Pageant that will be held on the Main Stage at noon. The young lady picked at Miss Flywheel will represent the City of Houston at major events, ribbon cuttings and industrial groundbreakings.
“This is just one of the new-and-improved events we will feature at this year’s festival,” said East. “We are working hard to reach out to the community, especially younger people and families.”
Bounce houses, a kid’s pedal tractor-pull and snowcones will once again be a favorite for the young and young-at-heart. And of course vendors will fill Joe Brigance park offering everything from clothing and crafts to artwork and good things to eat.
“We are finalizing our entertainment and we will have everything from gospel and contemporary Christian music to country and more modern tunes,” said East. “We’ve tried to get a good mix and there will be something for everyone.”
The Flywheel Festival kicks off Friday with an anvil shoot at 11 a.m. The Houston Touchdown Club will sponsor a catfish supper from 4 to 7 p.m. at the CDF building.
Saturday will see the Pink Ribbon 5K fun-run to raise money to fight breast cancer sponsored by the Team Hope and the pancake breakfast sponsored by the Houston Band Boosters.
The Parade of Power will wind through downtown Houston at 9:30 a.m. The tractor pull is the main event of the fall festival and it starts around noon.
And, as always, there will be demonstrations of steam and diesel engines, hominy cooking, a working grist mill, lard rendering, lye soap processing and a host of other pioneer projects in the park.
“The Flywheel Festival is always a chance to showcase our community and we hope people will mark their calendar and plan to come out,” said East. “Rain or shine we always have a lot of fun and bring a lot of people to Houston for the weekend.
For more information on the 32nd Annual Flywheel Festival or to obtain booth space call the Chickasaw Development Foundation at 456-2321.