By MARY RAINWATER
In conjunction with the comeback of Palestine’s Hot Pepper Festival events, the Palestine Dogwood Jamboree will present its “Autumn Country” show at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Palestine Civic Center.
“For over eight years we have been producing this great country music show, and the performance of ‘Autumn Country’ will be a classic itself,” Jamboree producer Dan Manuel said. “This show is different and will leave the audience with wonderful memories.”
The evening performance will feature “A little Bluegrass” by The Coleman Brothers of Longview, with the Sowell Family Pickers of Houston performing as well.
“(The Sowell Family Pickers) includes a group of six young people ranging in ages from 6 years to 16 years,” Manuel said. “They perform all over the country and have a long list of upcoming events scheduled.”
Guest appearances also will be made by local artists Jim Orr and Cecil Crutcher. Regular artists who will appear along with Manuel include Sissy Perry, Shelia Wheat, George Lester, Chloe Collins, Hal Roper, Kimmy Hendricks and Joe Hancock.
“The show is punctuated with comedy and those in attendance will have a great time,” Manuel said. “Sandy ‘Flo’ Singleterry will be up to her usual antics and will provide comedy the night of the show.”
The Jamboree is well attended by all age groups, young and old.
“The attendance at the these events continue to climb because it is a family venue and few places do you feel comfortable taking the entire family today,” Manuel said.
Also during the show, three young performing artists will compete against each other in the “Dogwood Jamboree” talent search contest. Each artist will perform and then be chosen by the audience and a panel of judges on hand that night.
The winner will advance to the talent search finals on Dec. 8 during the “A Country Christmas” show, with the winner receiving a large cash award, a photo opportunity with “Lee Loveless Photography” and plaque designating them as “Dogwood Jamboree Talent Search Artist of The Year.”
“The young people who have performed on previous performances of the Jamboree have thrilled the audiences in attendance and I am quite sure that this show on Oct. 27 will do the same,” said Manuel. “We have contestants from Jacksonville, Glen Oaks and Wylie.”
The Jamboree, now nearing the completion of its eighth year, has served as a tremendous tourism event for the city of Palestine through the years.
“We have chartered buses coming from several cities and numerous guests from several other states who have already purchased tickets for the event,” Manuel said. “There is a Christian RV Rally taking place at Grapeland this week and many are coming from various states to be here that night.”
Advanced tickets for the event can be purchased at Dogwood Diner, Cavender’s, Hometown Pharmacy, Bishop’s Brisket House (all in Palestine) or by calling 903-729-7080.
The cost for an adult ticket is $15 at the door or $12.50 if purchased in advance. Children under five years get in free and children eight through 10 years old pay $6 each.
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