The Watermelon Festival is July 19, 2019 - July 20, 2019

The lacs - sATURDAY, jULY 20, 2019 AT 8 PM

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“People still can’t figure out what to call the music we do,” said Brian ‘Rooster’ King, looking at his longtime collaborator Clay ‘Uncle Snap’ Sharpe. “We just get in there and write about what we want.”

The duo has been together since 2000 and Outlaw, which is their fifth album since signing with Average Joe’s Entertainment, is a watershed effort from The LACS that sonically broadens their musical scope and blends together every genre from traditional country and southern rock to rap and spoken word.

But it’s their true-to-life lyrics that paint a series of authentic compositions depicting the life of a pair of rednecks from South Georgia. “We love writing about stories that we’ve lived,” said King, of their biographical 12-song effort that could prove to be a breakthrough of sorts.

Label it however you choose. They call it country.

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Baxley, a slow-moving rural town of just over 4,000 residents, where Sharpe grew up a country boy, is a place where everyone knows everyone else’s business and newcomers are known as outsiders. There’s one elementary school, one high school and, until recently, only three red lights. “Now we got a fourth and a Wal-Mart,” said Sharpe, “so, yeah, we’re stepping up.” Both his parents worked and, as a young boy, he’d tag along with his old man and spend summer days hanging out on construction sites, while listening to a local country radio station.

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Those early formative years is when Sharpe’s love of country music developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, it wasn’t until he was 20 when a then-18 year old King moved with his family from Waycross to Baxley that The LACS first met up. They liked a lot of the same music – Garth Brooks and George Strait, Pink Floyd and Metallica along with Tupac and Nelly – and as quickly as they befriended one another they started writing lyrics as if they had been kindred spirits since childhood. King was a self-taught guitarist and the two fast-friends pooled their money together to buy a cheaper version of a beat box they still use when they perform on stage today.

In 2001, they saved up another $2,500 to pay for 40 hours of studio time – half of which they spent recording their first self-titled album and the other half of the time was used to mix and master – and 1,000 copies of the CD to sell in parking lots and parties. Over time they built up a cult following of fellow rednecks and hillbillies and eventually drew the attention of Average Joe’s.

Last fall they released their fourth album and this spring the prolific songsmiths are already back with yet another studio album, which features the first single God Bless a Country Girl. “It’s a fun little song,” said King. Sharpe and King have matured personally and especially professionally since the first time they plugged a $7 microphone into a boom box, which still says a lot about their authentic writing process.

Then and now, The LACS enter the studio with half the album written and then finish the second half of the writing process while recording the first half. Their fans, who both King and Sharpe describe as rowdy, loud, hardworking rednecks, have come to expect songs about the south – beer drinking, mud bogging and more drinking – that remind them of their own lives. “Brian and I have prided ourselves on putting out real music that we lived,” Sharpe concluded, “and not just writing

about some topic because it was a No. 1 for somebody else.”


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Mike Cockrell of moonshiners

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Born in Mize Mississippi, Mike Cockrell has become a staple of Discovery's Hit Television Show Moonshiners. He started out many years ago making liquor for Moonshiners as the dynamic duo, the Tennisippi Moonshiners for the last 3 seasons. They are currently being filmed for the 9th season of the hit TV show friends and family and over the years has perfected his craft. He and his friend and Bootlegging partner Daniel Manner have been co-stars on Discovery. Check them out on Discovery.com or on the Discovery channel. 

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MS Watermelon Festival 5k Run/Walk

 

Registration/Check-in begins at 6AM. 

Race Begins at 7AM. Rain or Shine
Registration Fee $25.00 before July 1st. $30.00 after July 1st. 

T-shirts guaranteed to pre-registered participants only!

You may register online at Raceroster.com

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Ticket Prices

 

FRIDAY
Adult -  $5.00
Child Under 10 - $3.00

SATURDAY
Adult - $10.00
Child Under 10 - $5.00

GATES OPEN:

Friday at 3:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am


NO OUTSIDE COOLERS!!

MS WATERMELON FESTIVAL CAR, BIKE, AND TRUCK SHOW

 

Friday, July 20
AWARDS PRESENTED: 

Top 10 Cars

Top 10 Trucks

Top 10 Pre-'49

Top 10 '90 Model up Best Race Cars

Best Project

Club Participation Best of Show Car

Truck, Pre-'49

Motorcycle & Tractor 

$25 Entry 

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Arts & Crafts

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Arts & Crafts Vendor Applications for 2019

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Contact

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 We are a nonprofit festival completely run by volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, register for an event, or are interested in setting up a booth, please contact us. We'd love to hear from you. 

About Us

MS Watermelon Queen

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Applications for the 2019 Mississippi Watermelon Queen Pageant is available on the Forms Page.  Applications must be submitted no later than March 23, 2019.  The Pageant was March 30, 2019.

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The MISSISSIPPI WATERMELON FESTIVAL  is the annual fundrasier for the Mize Volunteer Fire Department.

The event is totally staffed by volunteers, and all proceeds go to support the Mize Volunteer Fire Department

Everyone with the Festival and the Fire Dept appreciates your support, and we want everyone to have a great time!

See you there!

Learn About The MISSISSIPPI WATERMELON FESTIVAL

 

Make this a summer to remember by planning a trip to the MISSISSIPPI WATERMELON FESTIVAL in downtown Mize, MS. Enter our biggest watermelon contest, enjoy the entertainment, or indulge in some of the best food around. Remember there is always all the FREE Watermelon that you can eat! There's always something to do at our festival.

The 41st Annual Mississippi WATERMELON FESTIVAL is all set for the weekend of July 19th and 20th. We are entirely staffed by volunteer firefighters and their families.

Phone: (601)517-3510 Email: mswatermelonfestival@gmail.com