From press & staff reports
Music from local musicians, fun, food, arts and crafts, cash giveaways and much more was featured at this year’s Pine Tree Music Fest held in downtown Ackerman on June 7.
The festival, which is held to help promote Choctaw County’s rich musical heritage-past and present, was attended by many people from the surrounding areas. This year’s festival brought about a new theme to the forefront.
“When the festival committee met in January to begin making plans for the festival we decided to change the name of it to Pine Tree Music Fest,” stated Festival Coordinator Donna McKay. “Choctaw County has a rich heritage in music and forestry so this would be a perfect name for our yearly festival.”
Some of the day’s events included a Runnin’ for the Hills 5K Run/Walk, Pet Show, Car and Truck Show, Scrappers Quilt Showcase, Bingo, Fiddle Contest, Petting Zoo, Train Rides, Kids’ World, and entertainment. Also, a total of $1000 in cash will be given away during the festival.
The opening ceremony for the festival featured a prayer by Rob Faulk, pastor of Chester Baptist Church, followed by the Presentation of Colors by Troop 141 under the direction of Troop Master Calvin Jones. Performing the National Anthem was Choctaw County Distinguished Young Woman Anna Box, along with Katie Box and Brookelyn Box.
Everyone had fun last Saturday at the Pine tree Music Fest because of the great entertainment, car show, bingo, pet show, activities for kids and adults, vendors and more. The atmosphere really got exciting when the cash was given away. Throughout the day a $1000 was given away to nine lucky people. People were very excited when the drawings were taking place because they knew that they had a chance to win part of the $1000. Two of the lucky winners were Betty Tally and Brenda Wise.
Runnin’ For The Hills 5K Run
5K Run Total
|1||Kevin Raftery||Ackerman||27||M||1 Top Fin||19:23.0||6:15/M|
|2||James McClure||Ackerman||39||M||1 30-39||20:19.0||6:33/M|
|3||Rey A. Barragan||Carthage||14||M||1 0-15||21:25.5||6:55/M|
|4||Andrew Coleman||Madison||15||M||2 0-15||23:42.5||7:39/M|
|5||Austin King||Water Valley||16||M||1 16-19||24:35.6||7:56/M|
|6||Bryant Landean||Pearl||51||M||1 50-59||24:42.2||7:58/M|
|7||Kenley McMullan||Madison||16||F||1 Top Fin||24:57.6||8:03/M|
|8||Marty Crowder||Ackerman||45||M||1 40-49||26:09.9||8:26/M|
|9||Brandon Peninger||Winona||29||M||1 20-29||26:10.1||8:26/M|
|10||Whitney White||Big Creek||27||F||1 20-29||27:04.5||8:43/M|
|11||Erika Thomas||Starkville||25||F||1 20-29||27:05.6||8:44/M|
|12||Steve Murray||Philadelphia||64||M||1 60-99||27:39.5||8:55/M|
|13||Angela Palmertree||Winona||40||F||1 40-49||29:18.1||9:27/M|
|14||Nicolas F. Barragan||Carthage||9||M||3 0-15||30:08.6||9:43/M|
|15||Larry Farmer||Carthage||54||M||2 50-59||30:58.9||9:59/M|
|16||Chris McIntire||French Camp||44||M||2 40-49||31:05.4||10:02/M|
|17||Marlana Ray||Booneville||21||F||3 20-29||31:22.7||10:07/M|
|18||Bert Parish||Mantee||44||M||3 40-49||31:57.9||10:18/M|
|19||Tabitha Peninger||Winona||26||F||4 20-29||32:14.6||10:24/M|
|20||Teresa Weeks||West Point||39||F||1 30-39||32:38.0||10:32/M|
|21||Janice Martinez||Carthage||51||F||1 50-59||33:07.4||10:41/M|
|22||Nita Foust||Ackerman||50||F||2 50-59||34:02.6||10:59/M|
|23||Kylie Sistrunk||Starkville||24||F||5 20-29||35:41.1||11:31/M|
|24||Kimberly Brooks||Starkville||44||F||2 40-49||41:52.1||13:30/M|
5K Walk Total
|1||Larry Sykes||Brandon||69||M||1 Top Fin||36:58.3||11:55/M|
|2||Austin Bishop||Meridian||55||M||1 50-59||38:37.0||12:27/M|
|3||Cheryl McIntire||French Camp||43||F||1 Top Fin||40:12.0||12:58/M|
|4||Barbara Bishop||Meridian||59||F||1 50-59||40:12.8||12:58/M|
|5||Lydia Hope||Walthall||11||F||1 0-19||42:57.8||13:51/M|
|6||Kelly Hope||Walthall||30||F||1 30-39||43:59.5||14:11/M|
|7||Mistie Thomas||Ackerman||41||F||1 40-49||48:34.8||15:40/M|
|8||Kelly Farmer||Carthage||17||F||2 0-19||51:47.9||16:42/M|
|9||Kaye Farmer||Carthage||52||F||2 50-59||1:01:54.6||19:58/M|
The first event of the Pine Tree Music Fest, the Runnin’ For The Hills 5K Run/Walk was an event for all as runners and walkers from all age groups participated. This year’s event, sponsored by French Camp Academy and Camp of the Rising Son, gave everyone an opportunity to exercise as well as enjoy the picturesque landscape of Choctaw County.
For a list of the Age Group results, click here.
Car & Truck Show
The Choctaw County Cruisers hosted a Car and Truck Show around the Choctaw County Courthouse the morning of the festival. Each year each car/truck owner participant leaves Ackerman with a door prize, and free tee shirt and possibly a trophy. They gave 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies in 35 categories along with these 2014 special award trophies:
- Ladies Choice Trophy: Jim Hemphill (Starkville) – 1962 Corvette
- Don Threadgill Memorial Trophy: Greg Thompkins (Winona) – 1967 Chevy El Camino
- Douglas Burton Memorial Trophy: Jim & Kay Henry (Longview) – 1951 Mercury
- Best of Show Trophy: Jeff Edwards (Starkville) – 1968 Plymouth GT
On June 7 the first Pine Tree Music Fest was held in Ackerman. Over the years, one of the unique events is the county Pet Show, which is sponsored by the 20th Century Club. This year the pet show had 13 participants and $70 was raised for the Choctaw County Library.
The winners for each category were:
- Best Dressed Pet-1st Nick (Kiersen Easley), 2nd Bella (Kartyn Curtis)
- Largest Dog-1st Moss (Max Pyron)
- Smallest Dog-1st Gizzy (Keeley Reed)
- Shortest Hair Dog-1st Bella (Issac Burdine) 2nd Bella (Kartyn Curtis)
- Smallest Puppy-1st Bullet (Josie Lee) and Gizzy (Keeley Reed)
- Cutest Puppy-1st Bullet (Josie Lee) 2nd Bella (Kartyn Curtis)
- Smallest Cat-1st Stormy (Addison Stacy) 2nd Merlin (Austin Ulmer)
- Largest Misc. Pet-Moses (Max Pyron)
- Smallest Misc. Pet-Yoda-the Tarantula (Trenton McGee)
- Longest Tail-1st Bella (Issac Burdine) 2nd Bella (Kartyn Curtis)
- Shortest Tail-1st Moses (Max Pyron) 2nd Zoe (Frances Coleman)
- Longest Ears-1st Nick (Kiersen Easley) 2nd Bella (Issac Burdine) and Bella (Kartyn Curtis)
- Shortest Ears-1st Gigi (Collier Easley) 2nd Wally (Emma Grace Loper)
- Most Unusual-1st Yoda-the Tarantula (Trenton McGee) 2nd Merlin (Austin Ulmer)
- Best of Show-1st Stormy (Addison Stacy) 2nd Bullet (Josie Lee)
Many thanks to Lucretia Moss of Ackerman Trophy for the Best of Show trophy. Also thanks to all who entered. The 20th Century Club hopes to see even more participants in next year’s event.
Not only were the contests and activities fun and rewarding, so was the entertainment. “Mark Box and his band and Bryan Hayes & The Retrievers did an outstanding job performing at Pine Tree Music Fest,” McKay said. “With both groups having ties to Choctaw County proves that our county does display a rich musical heritage. So I will leave you with my famous quote that I would always make in our committee meetings, ‘Now how cool is that’.”
After the success of this year’s festival, the festival’s committee is hoping to bring an even bigger and better one to the county next year. “I was so pleased with the success of our festival and it could not have been successful without the great job of our Pine Tree Music Festival Committee, Mayor Dick Cain and the Town of Ackerman employees, Chief of Police Kevin Stark and his department, Sheriff Cloyd Halford and his department, French Camp Academy staff members, Sound Tech Mike Pearson, the entertainers, emcees, vendors, all those who attended and so many others that helped,” McKay said. “I wished I could name each of you but room will not permit.”
If you have any questions regarding the festival, or any upcoming event in the county, you may contact the Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce at 662-285-3778.